Inuyama Old Town Review

Review of Inuyama Old Town

Inuyama Old Town is one of the traditional Japanese villages that once stood majestically hundreds of years ago and still stands strong today as one of the popular tourist attractions here in Nagoya, Japan.

The entire Inyuama city is a very laid-back and relaxing place with some excellent tourist sites, like the national treasure of Inuyama Castle, the oldest fortress in Japan, dating back to the 1400s.

Inuyama Old Town Review

Inuyama () is located in the Aichi prefecture and has been translated from the Japanese language as Dog Mountain.

Historical notes state that the town centre was built by a Japanese warrior general, Nobuyasu Oda, in 1537, while the history of Inuyama Old Town goes back to the ancient `Kofun` period when people built many gigantic mound-like tombs.

Roads that lead outside of the castle town were curved and provided with a gate to protect the city from invasion from outsiders.

Inuyama Old Town Houses
One of the old homes in Inuyama Old Town

Things to do around Inuyama would be general historical sightseeing, visiting the Inuyama Castle, experiencing the unique Cormorant Fishing or Ukai (seasonal), exploring the beautiful Meiji-Mura Historical Museum, and simply doing a walk-about tour around the old town area of Inuyama. 

Photos of Inuyama Old Town

Below are random photos taken all around Inuyama's old town in Japan.

Inuyama Old Town Shops
Street vendors along the main walking street.

Restaurant Inuyama Old Town
One of the local Nagoya restaurants.

Inuyama Traditional Japanese House
A semi-modern Japanese home in Inuyama.

How to go to Inuyama?

You have many options to travel to Inuyama, and the best way is, of course, via Train if you are coming from Osaka or Tokyo.

From Tokyo: By Train - Almost 2 hours to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line.

From Osaka: By Train - 1 hour from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya Station by Shinkansen.

From Nagoya Station: 25 minutes from Meitetsu Nagoya to Inuyama Station by Meitetsu Inuyama Line.

Update: AirAsia X no longer flies into Nagoya.

The AAX flights land at Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya, which is out of Nagoya City. You can also get additional information about transport, Inuyama or Nagoya, from the Japan National Tourism Board website.

Update March 2023 - Batik Air Malaysia has direct flights to Nagoya since 20 March 2023 with three weekly flights.


The beauty of Inuyama is that the historical city is located only 25 kilometres from Nagoya and can be done on a day trip.

However, it is recommended that you spend a night or two here to fully experience this place, especially Inuyama Old Town.

If you have any questions about my review of Inuyama Old Town, please leave them in the comment form below.

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