Inuyama – Oldest Castle In Japan
Japan has a lot of magnificent castles. The Castles was once residences of the shogun, samurai, landlords, etc. Usually in one city there is an iconic castle. The bigger castle indicates the greater territory or power of someone who once occupied the area.
Inuyama Castle is one of 12 castles in Japan that was built before the Edo period. Inuyama Castle is known for its very beautiful architecture, and it has a long history and survive from war and natural disasters.
Inuyama Castle can be found in the city of Inuyama, located in the northwest of Aichi Prefecture. Inuyama Castle, is a national treasure and the oldest castle tower in Japan.
Inuyama Castle was firstly build in 1537 in the Muromachi era, and it is the oldest castle in Japan. In Japan, There are four heritage castles and Inuyama is one of them. Inuyama Castle is known as the only privately owned castle that ever exist before it was taken over by the Meiji government.
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Nowadays, Inuyama Castle is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Japan. above the Donjon (Watchtower) there is a room contains paintings and photographs of the lord of the castle Inuyama from Naruse clan. From the tower, we can see the scenery around the Kiso river which divides the border of Aichi and Gifu prefectures.
The castle is surrounded by Okumura settlements, Urakuen, and other dwellings that preserve the lives of the traders in the past. There are old houses used as tourist facilities. The city also has developed as a tourist attraction.
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