Located in the northernmost part of Aichi Prefecture, the city of Inuyama developed as a castle town during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Even today, visitors can get a sense of the past as they walk beside Inuyama Castle, a designated national treasure. Tourists coming to the Kiso River, which runs through the northern part of the city, can watch fishermen practicing the art of Ukai—a 1,300-year-old traditional fishing technique using trained cormorant birds. There are many places where visitors can experience the rich nature and history of the area, such as the open-air museum Meiji Mura, which preserves and exhibits buildings from the Meiji Era (1868-1912).
Getting there and around
Board the Nagoya Railroad Inuyama Line at Meitetsu Nagoya Station and get off at Inuyama Station (approx. 30 min.)
Take the Gifu Bus for Meiji Mura from Inuyama Station (approx. 20 min.)
The Wanmaru-kun Bus is a community bus operating in the city of Inuyama on weekdays from Monday to Friday, including on public holidays. It can be used to access all areas within the city. Day passes are available for purchase. (The bus does not run on Saturdays, Sundays, and from December 29 to January 4.)
Visitors to the castle town at the foot of Inuyama Castle can admire the elegant sight of historical buildings as they stroll through the streets, sampling the local cuisine as they go. The town is a popular spot for men and women of all ages, and for those who would like a more authentic experience, kimonos can be rented from local stores.
Built in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, the uncle of the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga, Inuyama Castle is the symbol of Inuyama City. The castle's keep is the oldest still standing in Japan, and the castle as a ...
Open-air museum Meiji Mura opened in 1965 to preserve and exhibit Meiji architecture. Buildings of artistic and historical value, mainly from the Meiji Era (1868-1912), have been relocated and restore...