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Inuyama Castle

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Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle is regarded as one of the oldest castles in Japan. The current towers were completed in 1537, by Oda Nobunaga’s uncle, Oda Nobuyasu. This castle is a perfect example of architectural traits from the Momoyama period in Japan. Inuyama Castle was the center of power for the Inuyama Domain, which was ruled by the Naruse clan. Before the Great Nobi earthquake that took place in Japan, Inuyama Castle was once seized by the Japanese government, but later returned ownership to the Naruse family with the conditional offer of repairing the damages done to the castle caused by the earthquake. In 2004, the Naruse family turned over ownership of the castle to a foundation set up by the Aichi Prefecture’s Board of Education, making Inuyama Castle the only castle owned by a private party until recent years.