Inuyama Castle -a national treasure- with the oldest wooden keep in Japan. The thrills of the Kiso River boat ride in poetic scenery.
Inuyama City is situated in northwestern Aichi. Inuyama Castle, a national treasure with the oldest castle tower in existence in Japan, stands at the center of the city, which still retains the atmosphere of an old castle town built in the 17th century. Also known as Hakutei Castle, it was built in the late 16th century. The castle is surrounded by the Okumura Residence, Urakuen, and other residences that preserve merchants' lives in the past. You can also watch a traditional event, 'ukai,' fishing for smelts with cormorants.
The city is also noted for the “Nihon (Japan's) Rhine.” This is a downstream riverboat ride along the rapid currents of the Kiso River, which is one of the 100 best waters in Japan. In the neighboring areas, there are attractive open-air museums, such as “Museum Meiji-mura”, which preserves the structures and other cultural assets of the last quarter of the 19th century, which is the time of Japan’s modernization and westernization, “Little World”, where you can explore the traditional houses from all over the world, and the unique “Japan Monkey Park” in the study of the anthropoids.
The 340-year-old Inuyama Ukai is performed in summer. Ukai is a kind of fishing. The fishermen train cormorants and make them catch smelts that are attracted to the torches at the bows of small boats on the river. They celebrate the Inuyama-matsuri Festival at Haritsuna-jinja Shrine in spring where the floats parade under the cherry blossoms.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h45min to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 25 min from Meitetsu Nagoya to Inuyama Station by Meitetsu Inuyama Line.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 1h from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya Station by Shinkansen.