Centred around one of Japan’s most famous castles, Inuyama lies along the Kiso River on the northern outskirts of Nagoya. It’s home to an open-air museum showcasing global architectural styles and a Heritage-listed teahouse, as well as a family-friendly monkey and amusement park.
Things to do in Inuyama
See the oldest fortress in Japan at the Inuyama Castle, which is perched atop a 40-metre-high hill overlooking the Kiso River. Originally established in 1440, its current keep dates back to 1537 and is considered an outstanding example of Momoyama-period architecture while also offering views of the city and valley.
Want to get up close to apes from around the world? Visit the Japan Monkey Center, which houses around 100 different species of primates. Watch the playful antics of squirrel monkeys, lemurs and gibbons while learning about their unique lifestyles, then enjoy the tea cup rides and Ferris wheel of the adjacent amusement park.
Witness architectural styles from across the globe at the Little World Museum of Man, a short bus ride from the centre of Inuyama. You can learn about the evolution of architectural styles and materials while exploring its open-air displays, then try on traditional costumes and taste ethnic foods.
For a more authentic Japanese experience, visit the Urakuen garden and its 17th-century Jo-an teahouse that’s been designated a National Treasure. Wander through the traditional gardens and tatami-style rooms, then enjoy a bowl of green tea while sitting on the veranda and soaking up the serenity.
Getting around Inuyama
Inuyama is around 30 minutes by train from the centre of Nagoya and one hour from Chubu Centrair International Airport. Both trains and buses travel throughout Inuyama and access most of the city’s sights.