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Inuyama Castle 
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Inuyama Castle (R, Inuyamajō) was initially constructed in 1537, and its donjon is one of Japan's oldest extant. It is one of only twelve original castles left in Japan, i.e. castles that have survived intact the natural disasters and wars since the end of the feudal age in 1867. Inuyama Castle is also one of only four castles which have been designated as national treasures. The other three are Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle and Hikone Castle

The castle stands on top of a small hill next to Kiso River. The main keep's structure is built almost entirely with wood and rocks, and its interior is beautifully preserved and retains an authentic feel without modern additions that reconstructed castles might have, such as elevators.

A conserved feature are the steep stairs, which visitors can scale through four stories to get to the top level and be rewarded with panoramic views over the castle grounds and Kiso River. It is also interesting to view the various chambers at the keep, including one that enables watching out for enemies and another that stones can be thrown down during times of enemy invasion.

Overlooking Kiso River from the top story of the castle's main keep.

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How to get there
The castle can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk from either Inuyama Station or Inuyama-Yuen Station, the latter being a little bit closer. Both stations are served by Meitetsu Railways.

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Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed:December 29 to 31
Admission:500 yen (1200 yen for combined entry to Urakuen)

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