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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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