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Inuyama Castle Town

Posted in Places by tokyobling on May 13, 2013

One of the biggest tourist attractions in northern Aichi prefecture is the Inuyama Castle and especially the castle town beneath it. I visited in on a weekday off-season but for most people that visit in the peak season or during the weekends I can imagine it being crowded place. The old castle town is full of preserved buildings, the classic machiya with their narrow fronts, shops and long garden in the back. A few of these machiya are open to the public and you can even check out the traditional bath tubs that were often heated by simply lighting a fire beneath (hence the wooden flooring so you wouldn’t burn yourself too badly). They also had an interesting piece of sidewalk in front of an old stables building with horse shoes embedded in the pavement.

Like most traditional towns though there are a few eye sores in the form of modern buildings, parking lots etc., but I got the feeling they are doing their best to get rid of those. There are quite a few traditional castle towns left in Japan and the one in Inuyama is probably one of the most famous. Most people who visit here also take a boat ride on the Kiso river.















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  1. Widya said, on May 13, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Wow! This is a living city, isn’t it? It is not a museum, right? I visited the open air architectural museum in Tokyo, and it looked just like this: the atmosphere, the buildings, the streets. If Inuyama castle town is still a town, then well… I am speechless….


    • tokyobling said, on May 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      The open air museum in Tokyo is great (I blogged about it in March 2011) but this is a real living city. Of course, not all streets look like this, and modern buildings are creeping in… still, it looks even better in summer!


  2. yoshizen said, on May 13, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Blime ! Is this Inuyama today ? ? ?
    I never been there, even I’m Japanese and knew a person from Inuyama.
    I thought a landscape like this is only specially preserved place such as in Kyoto or Takayama.


    • tokyobling said, on May 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Yes, well, actually last autumn, but pretty recent. Inuyama Castle town is one of the classic old styled towns of Japan, of course Gion in Kyoto is the most famous, but also Takayama, Kakunodate etc. (^-^)


  3. Mustang.Koji said, on May 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Your photographs really compliment your writing so well. I particularly liked the furoba image…(At least that’s what I assume it is as it appears small.) Very nicely captured, down to the wooden slat flooring.


    • tokyobling said, on May 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you Koji, you are much too kind. I actually dread the text part of my blog, everyday. I tried blogging without text but the images wouldn’t make any sense. (^-^;) I think it is a small furoba, the wooden slats are essential! Otherwise it would be an object of torture… haha…


      • Mustang.Koji said, on May 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        I remember my grandmother’s furoba in her Setagaya-ku home. It had wooden boards over the top to keep the water from losing heat during the day and once she stoked up the kerosene heater, I got to use one of the boards to stir up the water. She also took my aunt’s dog in there to wash his paws after each walk.


        • tokyobling said, on May 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

          That sounds great! These days very few people have these at home, it is all plastic modern tubs… (^-^;)


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