Half-day National Treasure Inuyama Castle & Town Tour with National Government Licensed English Guide Interpreter (Round Trip from Nagoya)
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Chubu (Nagoya, Kanazawa, Takayama, etc.) Walking Tour
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1. Take a trip to the outskirts of Nagoya and see Inuyama Castle, one of Japan's five castles with National Treasure structures, along with a National Government Licensed English Guide Interpreter.
2. Customers on this tour will use public transportation and learn more about the history, culture, and way of life of the local people. As this is a half-day tour, it is recommended for those staying in Nagoya for sightseeing or business trips, and those who plan on going to Takayama, Kyoto, Tokyo, or other places after the tour.
3. National Treasure Inuyama Castle is the oldest existing castle with a wooden main keep in Japan, and also has exhibits of relics such as armor and folding screens inside. The view from the castle keep is breathtaking. Cherry blossoms bloom in early April, and autumn leaves are best seen in mid-November.
4. Sanko Inari Shrine features a line of red torii gates and has been worshipped as the guardian deity protecting the lord of Inuyama Castle throughout the generations. This is also a popular photo spot. It's thought that worshipping here will bring household harmony and prosperity in business, and money washed in the pool of water is said to come back many fold over.
5. In the castle town which features many historical structures, experience Inuyama Festival which is registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, or grab a snack at a goheimochi (rice cake) shop.
08:45-08:45 Meet at Tourist Information Center inside Nagoya Station The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter will be waiting for participants holding a placard at the Tourist Information Center inside Nagoya Station.
*This is not the JR Information Desk; it is the Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center. Please take care to go to the correct meeting location.
09:18-09:18 Depart from Meitetsu Nagoya Station Head to Inuyama-yuen Station via Meitetsu train.
09:49-09:49 Arrive at Inuyama-yuen Station Walk 15 minutes to Inuyama Castle.
10:10-11:35 85(min) Inuyama Castle Sanko Inari Shrine This castle was constructed in 1537 and survived throughout wartime to become one of the country's five castles designated as a National Treasure.
The castle keep is built in the borogata, or lookout tower, style and has four-story-keep three-roof construction with two underground levels. It is the oldest castle of this style in Japan.
Sanko Inari Shrine is a historical shrine located at the base of the castle hill. There are many popular photo spots here. Taking some pictures at the tunnel of red torii gates, the symbol of the shrine, is recommended.
11:45-13:45 120(min) Walk through the Castle Town Enjoy strolling around the town freely.
The layout of this historical town was determined during the building of Inuyama Castle and these districts remain unchanged even today. With the samurai district surrounding the townspeople district, this layout was designed to protect the castle as well.
There are rows of shops selling dango dumplings, tofu dengaku (grilled tofu dressed with sweet miso paste), goheimochi (rice cake), and more, as well as art galleries and miscellaneous goods shops. On weekends, an area where visitors can experience throwing ninja shuriken (throwing stars) is opened.
Those who wish may visit the Karakuri Exhibition Room or the Donden-Kan where Inuyama Festival can be experienced year-round.
14:07-14:07 Depart from Inuyama Station Head to Nagoya Station via Meitetsu train
14:32-14:32 Arrive at Meitetsu Nagoya Station Tour ends upon arrival.