Inuyama City

Inuyama City

Inuyama City Inuyama 犬山 (pop. 70,000), just 25km north of Nagoya, has the oldest original castle in Japan. Although it isn't very old by European or Asian standards (even Japan's oldest temple is 800 years older), nor very big, it has the particularity of being the only castle privately owned nowadays. The Narusune family have been their happy possessors since 1618. Inuyama is...

Ishiage (Stone Lifting) Festival at Sengen Shrine in Mt. Owari-Fuji

Ishiage (Stone Lifting) Festival at Sengen Shrine in Mt. Owari-Fuji Ishiage (Stone Lifting) Festival is the summer festival at Sengen Shrine (Jinja) at the foot of Mt. Owari-Fuji in the southern part of Inuyama city. The festival's origin is said to be a folk tale about height comparison between Mt. Owari-Fuji and its southern neighbor Mt. Hongu. The night festival is well-known for its magnificence and is designated one of the...

Sweet castle (Confectionery Castle)

Sweet castle (Confectionery Castle) Like something from a dream, Sweet castle (Confectionery Castle) is a museum of confectionery. A 14.2m tall sugar cake,which is said to be the tallest suger cake in the world, waits for you here. This theme park, which is modeled after European castles, is filled with a sweet aroma. Attractions include `Confectionery Passage` where you can watch the process of...

Aotsuka Ancient Burial Mounds

Aotsuka Ancient Burial Mounds Aotsuka Ancient Burial Mound is 117-meter-long square-head-round-foot ancient tomb located southeast of Inuyama, on the ridge of the diluvial upland 31 meters above sea level. The mound is 58 meters wide and 7.5 meters high at its head, 74.5 meters across and 10.5 meters high at its foot. It is the second largest burial mound in Aichi prefecture, after Dampusan...

Iruka Pond

Iruka Pond Iruka Pond is a reservoir constructed for irrigation. It is about 1,580,000 square meters in area and has a circumference of about twelve kilometers. It is the second largest artificial lake in Japan. It is in the Hida-Kiso Quasi-national Park, and you can enjoy viewing beautiful natural flowers and woods throughout the year. On the hillside overlooking the mere,...

Momotaro Park

Momotaro Park Momotaro Park was built alongside the Kiso River, blessed with the beautiful landscape of the surrounding area. The park includes the Momotaro Shrine, where a folktale hero, Momotaro, is said to have been born, and the Kurisu Open-Air Playground, which provides camping facilities. Momotaro Shrine Festival is held at the Momotaro Shrine on May 5 of every year....

Tokai Nature Walking Course

Tokai Nature Walking Course The Tokai Nature Walking Course at Inuyama starts from the north-eastern edge of Komaki city, the so-called `Sky and Land Gateway to the Chubu Region`. It passes through several points of scenic beauty, including Hasso Natural Recreation Forest, Iruka Pond, Tsugao-Kannon Jakko-in Temple, and Inuyama Castle, before reaching Rhine Ohashi. It is about 24 kilometers long...

Shooting The Nihon Rhine Rapids (Kiso/ Kiso-gawa River)

Shooting The Nihon Rhine Rapids (Kiso/ Kiso-gawa River) The Kiso River (Kiso-gawa River) rises in Mt. Hachimori in Nagano prefecture, and empties into Ise Bay. The thirteen kilometers basin running from Mino-ota in Gifu to Inuyama City is a beautiful landscape considered by many the most attractive river in Japan. It is known as the `Nihon Rhine` after the Rhine in Germany. You can shoot along the watercourse in a wooden...

Oh-Agata shrine

Oh-Agata shrine The shrine was constructed about 2,000 years ago. The god of marriage and safe child-birth is said to reside in the “Himenomiya” (princess) of the temple precincts. Its unique style and design has been designated as nationally designated Important Cultural Property. This shrine is also famous for its annual March festival. There is also a "Plum Garden" in the shrine...

Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival) at Tagata Shrine (Jinja/ Temple)

Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival) at Tagata Shrine (Jinja/ Temple) This Shrine is dedicated to the God of harvest which are five staple grains (rice, wheat, etc.) and prosperity of future generations. The Bumper Harvest Festival is where a huge wooden phallus is paraded, then offered at the shrine, also called Tagata Jinja (Tagata temple). It is well-known for its uniqueness. This Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival, also called...

Inuyama Artifacts Museum - annexed to the Puppet (Karakuri) Museum

Inuyama Artifacts Museum - annexed to the Puppet (Karakuri) Museum The Museum displays floats used at the Inuyama Festival, a festival that has a 370-year history, materials about Inuyama cormorant fishing, artifacts unearthed from ancient burial mounds in the suburbs of Inuyama, and numerous ancient cultural items that Inuyama has acquired from the ancient periods. In the museum you can see the long history and culture of Inuyama...

URAKUEN Japanese garden/ Ceremony House Jo-an (National Treasure)

National Treasure Uraku-en Tea Arbor Jo-an Jo-an, a national treasure, was built in Kyoto by Urakusai Oda and was moved to Inuyama recently. Jo-an is considered one of the elite three tea rooms in Japan. This teahouse remains one of the three best teahouses in Japan with JIAN teahouse and MITSUAN teahouse in Kyoto. After the Osaka winter war, Urakusai gave up his samurai status and became a monk, living in...

Japan Monkey Park - amusement park and zoological garden

Japan Monkey Park is located on a hillside, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Nihon Rhine. The Monkey Park is a combination of a zoological garden devoted especially to monkeys (Japan Monkey Centre) and an amusement park (Japan Monkey Park). In the Japan Monkey Centre, an expansive facility of over 250,000m², you can admire monkeys from all over the world...

The Little World, Museum of Man (Inuyama)

Little World is an open-air ethnological museum – theme park opened in 1983 with 22 country areas. Visit traditional buildings, try on traditional ethnic costumes, sample authentic dishes in ethnic restaurants, and enjoy folk entertainments. This park of 1,230,000 square meters (1,350,000 square yards) with beautiful greenery, offers you opportunities to touch and...

Meiji-mura (Meiji Village) Open Air Museum

Meiji-mura (Meiji Village) is an open-air museum displaying valuable buildings and historical materials from the Meiji era, in which the foundations of modern Japan were laid. Over 60 historic buildings including 9 important cultural properties and an Aichi material cultural property have been gathered and rebuilt on the approximately 1,000,000 square meters of...