Inuyama Castle (1/6)
Inuyama Castle's grounds (2/6)
Inuyama Castle (3/6)
Uraku-en Garden (4/6)
Uraku-en Garden (5/6)
Uraku-en Garden (6/6)


The ancient home of Japan's oldest original castle


Inuyama, literally meaning "Dog Mountain", is a historic riverside castle town in Aichi prefecture, best known for its ancient castle with views of the Kiso River. It is located only 25Km north from Nagoya and can be reached in a short 30 minute train ride, making it an easy day trip from Nagoya.

Inuyama Castle

500¥ 9:00 - 16:30

Inuyama Castle is claimed to be Japan's oldest surviving castle out of the 12 remaining in their original wooden form and one of the only four castles which has been designated as National Treasure, along with Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle and Hikone Castle. It was constructed in its present location in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, the uncle of the famous warlord who attempted to unify Japan Oda Nobunaga.

Throughout history Inuyama Castle was remodeled and expanded in several occasions, reaching its largest form in 1600. When the feudal system was abolished most of the castle's buildings were dismantled, with the exception of the central keep and the stone walls which still stand today. The castle was damaged in a great earthquake in 1891 and was handed to its previous owners in exchange for its reconstruction. In 2004 the castle became property of the "Inuyamajou Hakutei Bunko" public association.

The castle is set on top of a small hill overlooking the Kiso River and offer impressive panoramic views from its top level. The interior of the main keep remains completely original (with very steep wooden stairways) and houses a small collection of ancient weapons, armors and folding screens.

Uraku-en Garden

1000¥ 9:00 - 17:00

Uraku-en is a traditional Japanese garden best known for housing the Joan, a teahouse from the early 17th century which is designated as National Treasure and considered as one of the country's finest teahouses. The teahouse was built by Oda Uraku, the younger brother of the warlord Oda Nobunaga and disciple of Japan's most influential tea master Sen-no-Rikyu, who renounced his military caste and lived a seclusive life in a study room in Kyoto.

Oda Uraku originally built his study room and the Joan teahouse in 1618 in the Kennin-ji Temple of Kyoto, but was moved in 1972 to its present location. Nowadays the Joan is surrounded by a beautiful traditional landscape garden which feature large lawns, abundant vegetation, stone pathways and a bamboo forest. Uraku-en Garden also houses a couple more of larger teahouses, in which visitors can experience the taste of green tea prepared and served in a traditional fashion.


Meitetsu Nagoya Station

Inuyama Line Exp.
30 min. 550¥

Inuyama Station


Inuyama castle can be reached in a 15 to 20 minute walk along the Kiso River from Inuyama Station and Uraku-en Garden is located on the base of the castle.