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"Kōjōezu (picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of castle picture in the Edo period exists, "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Inuyama Castle Ruins

LocationInuyama City, Aichi Prefecture
Also known asHakutei Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionOriginal Main Keep
DesignationNational Tresure
National Historic Sites
Year built1469
Castle lordOda Hirochika
Refurbishment lordOda Nobuyasu
Portrait of Naruse Masanari from Wikipedia
The first feudal lord of the Inuyama feudal clan

he was given a residence by Tokugawa Ieyasu in Yotsuya , near Edo Castle and placed his subordinate gun unit [Team Neguro] in Naitō Shinjuku to defend the Koshū Street, which leads to the most impotant place , Edo Castle.
Family Crest of Naruse Clan from "Wikipedia"

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Inuyama Castle admission

admission fee : 550yen (Adult) 110yen (junior high and elemetary students)
admission time : am9-pm5
closing period : December 29 - 31 reference official site

Inuyama Castle Google Map

Inuyama Castle Images 

Inuyama Castle is a hilltop style castle built on a cliff about 40 m high on the left bank of the Kiso River, and is designated as a national treasure along with Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle, Hikone Castle and Matsue Castle. Oda Nobuyasu, who Oda Nobunaga's uncle, was the first to build it in 1537. It is said that Naruse Masanari, who later became the castle's owner, rebuilt around 1620. After that, Naruse Clan remained a castle owner until the Meiji era, but was abolished. The castle was owned by Aichi prefecture, and buildings other than the main keep were demolished in 1872. In the aftermath of the 1891 earthquake, Aichi Prefecture handed over the castle to Naruse family, the former lord of the castle, on condition that he paid for the repairs. So it was the only privately owned castle in the whole country until 2004.
The main keep is located at the highest point of the cliff near the Kiso River, from which the kuruwa is connected stepwise to a sloping land on the south. The main keep is three-levels/ six-floors complex type with Yagura attached to the southeast corner on the third floor,, height 24 Meters (of which the height of the stone wall is 5 m). A typical example of an early Bōrō-type tower, mounted on a two-layer Yagura. Although it is simpler than Nagoya Castle and Ōsaka Castle, It has a good taste that has passed through history and much interesting.
fine view with Kiso River from main keep
Inuyama festival

Haritsuna Shrine festival, which has a history of about 400 years, is held on the first Saturday of April. This festival is designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property.
Thirteen parade floats, designated as a tangible folk cultural property in Aichi Prefecture, will roll out to the castle town and show a karakuri doll according to the flute and drum.
In the evening, as many as 365 lanterns are lit on each floats. As you walk through the cherry blossom-lined castle town in full bloom, it looks like a gorgeous, Ukiyo-e picture.

Link-1 : Japanese five castle of National Treasure

【west japan】Matsue Castle 【west japan】Himeji Castle 【west japan】Hikone Castle 【central japan】Matsumoto castle 【central japan】Inuyama Castle

Link-2 : Original Main Keep

【west japan】Marugame Castle 【west japan】Bicchūmatsuyama Castle 【west japan】Matsue Castle 【west japan】Himeji Castle 【west japan】Hikone Castle 【central japan】Matsumoto Castle 【central japan】Maruoka Castle 【north japan】Hirosaki Castle 【west japan】Kōchi Castle 【west japan】Uwajima Castle 【west japan】Matsuyama Castle 【central japan】Inuyama Castle


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