Continuing my quest to visit the 12 original surviving Japanese castles, today I reached Inuyama. The Inuyama castle is one of the four Japanese castles designated as national treasures, the other three being the castles from Himeji, Matsumoto and Hikone.
Originally built in 1537 by the uncle of Oda Nobunaga, Oda Nobuyasu, the Inuyama castle claims an important record, that of the oldest Japanese castle (however, it seems that its main tower is a little bit younger). The castle’s interior is amazingly well preserved and the view from the top floor towards the river Kiso is simply beautiful… And a big plus for the view and the atmosphere is that the observation deck from the top floor was left unchanged, without the safety nets that can be seen almost everywhere in Japan…
Inuyama Castle, Inuyama
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: Japanese architecture, Kyoto Station