Inuyama Castle

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Built back in 1537, 𝗜𝗻𝘂𝘆𝗮𝗺𝗮 is the oldest standing castle in Japan and one of only 12 castles to still retain their original central keep (though over the years it has seen extensive reconstruction work) and 5 to be listed as National Treasures. Being the castle otaku I am, I had to find a way to squeeze in a visit even if it meant trading a comfy bullet train seat with a rickety one-car commuter train. To my disappointment, both the castle park and the tower were tiny. The tower was under construction, so that might have taken away some of its charm, but basically its just a pile of the steepest stairs I've climbed so far in Japan. A few pieces of armor and utensils were on display, but that was about it. Being a hilltop castle type, the view from the roof terrace was quite nice since it was a beautiful sunny day. All in all, it wasn't to the levels of Yamagata Castle that I regret going there, but considering how notorious it is, I was expecting much more.

Religious · Architectural Admirations · Budget · Religiously Significant · Historical

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Kitakoken-65-2 Inuyama, Aichi 484-0082, Japan

+81 568 61 1711

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