Inuyama Castle 犬山城 ~ A Timeless Wonder of Japan

Inuyama Castle in front open space

Inuyama Castle is one of five national treasure castles located in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture. The castle is a magnificent example of Japanese architecture, and it is one of the oldest surviving castles in Japan, dating back to the 16th century. Inuyama Castle stands tall on a hill overlooking the Kiso River and the surrounding landscape, and it has been a symbol of Japanese culture and history for over 400 years.

Inuyama Castle

Around the Castle

Inuyama Castle map

In front of the Inuyama Castle site, there are several parking lots, a tourist information center, and a park on a high ground.
At the foot of Inuyama Castle are Haritsuna Shrine, Sanko Inari Shrine, and Sarutahiko Shrine. And near the parking lot, there is a Inuyama Shrine.

Haritsuna Shrine & Sanko Inari Shrine

inuyama shrine haritsuna jinja shrine

left – Sanko Inari Shrine, right – Haritsuna Shrine

Haritsuna shrine 針綱神社 is blessed with benefits such as easy delivery, protection from bad luck, and traffic safety.

At Sanko Inari Shrine 三光稲荷神社, which offers blessings for matchmaking, family happiness, and conjugal harmony, the pink heart ema (votive tablet)  and numbers of vermilion torii gates have become popular among young women and is a hot spot for Insta-eography!

Visiting Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle entrance pass

Entrance fee: 550 yen for adults

The plaza in front of the castle tower has a good-sized open space with a tea shop and souvenir shop. Upon entering the castle, you will be given a shoe bag to put your shoes in. The castle is made of wood, and you can hear it squeak when people walk on the receiving floor. The stairs are very steep, so be careful!

Inuyama Castle inside

Inside the castle is a little museum, with models of the castle, old photos, and pictures of other national treasure castles.

Inuyama Castle steep staircaseThe stairs inside are narrow and steep, so watch out!

The spectacular view!

Inuyama Castle view from the top

Once you reach the top floor, you can walk along a corridor that circles around the outside of the building, opening out 360 degrees and offering a spectacular views. The rooms on the top floor are decorated with photos of the lords of the castle.

History of Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle was built in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, the uncle of the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga. The castle was constructed as a defensive structure during the Sengoku period, a time of constant warfare and political instability in Japan. Inuyama Castle was strategically located on a hill, providing a clear view of the surrounding area and serving as a lookout point against potential invaders.

Inuyama Castle castle owner in the history

Inuyama Castle castle owners in the history

Over the centuries, Inuyama Castle changed hands several times, with various feudal lords occupying the castle at different times. Despite being damaged by fire and earthquakes, the castle has been meticulously restored to its former glory, preserving its historical significance and architectural beauty.

How about taking a rest at a teahouse after visiting the castle tower?

inuyama castle dango


Sightseeing spots around Inuyama Castle

Around Inuyama Castle, there are facilities such as Meiji-mura Museum, Sweets Castle, and Japan Monkey Center. Also, about 10 minutes away from Inuyama Castle is the castle town, where you will find cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops with a retro and stylish atmosphere, so be sure to stop by! There is an information center at the foot of Inuyama Castle, near the parking lot, where you can obtain further information.

Inuyama Castle tourist map


Access to Inuyama Castle

  1. By train: Take the Meitetsu Inuyama Line from Nagoya Station to Inuyama-yuen Station. From there, it’s a 15-20 minute walk to the castle.
  2. By bus: Take the Meitetsu Bus from Meitetsu Bus Center in Nagoya to Inuyama Castle Town Bus Stop. From there, it’s a 5-10 minute walk to the castle.
  3. By car: Inuyama Castle is located approximately 30 minutes by car from Nagoya Station. There is parking available near the castle, but it can get crowded on weekends and holidays.
  4. By bicycle: You can rent a bicycle from Inuyama Station or nearby rental shops and ride to the castle. It’s a pleasant and scenic ride along the Kiso River.


Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm


Inuyama Castle is a remarkable testament to Japan’s rich history and architectural heritage. The castle’s unique design and stunning beauty have captivated visitors for centuries, and it continues to be a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or simply looking for a beautiful place to visit, Inuyama Castle is a must-see destination in Japan.