Inuyama (犬山) is a city near Nagoya, Japan.

Inuyama Castle

Get in

By train

Inuyama is the terminal station on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line. From Meitetsu Nagoya station (located beside Nagoya station), Inuyama can be reached in 30-35 minutes at a cost of ¥540.

There are two other stops in the area served by Meitetsu. Inuyama-guchi station, to the south of the city, is served only by local trains, while Inuyama-yuen station, to the east of Inuyama Castle, is served by local trains, a number of express trains, and μSKY trains departing from Centrair Airport for Shin-Unuma.

The closest JR station to Inuyama is Unuma, on the Takayama/Toyama line from Gifu. The station is located in Kakamigahara city in Gifu prefecture, north of Inuyama across the Kiso river. Unuma is about 30 minutes from Nagoya on the Limited Express "Wide View Hida" train, and from there it's about 15 minutes' walk to Inuyama-Yuen station.

Get around

Inuyama had a monorail that ran about 1km, linking the Inuyama-Yuen train station to the nearby Japan Monkey Park (see below). It closed in 2009 due to lack of use and now there a bus from the Inuyama Train station that runs to the park.


Little World


Over a hundred years ago, one of the first European visitors to the region remarked upon the Kiso River's resemblance to the Rhine. Today, you'll find rather more power lines, steel spans and vending machines than the comparison was intended to support, but the Kiso River still makes for a lovely walk in either direction. Cormorant fishing, known locally as ukai, takes place on summer nights. Fishermen using fire, nets and trained birds make for an exciting spectacle.


There are very few restaurants in the station area. The Japan Monkey Center, close to the station, does include a restaurant / cafeteria.


Cafe Million Dollar, somewhat less grand than the name suggests, serves drinks. It's a couple doors down from Inuyama station, toward the river.


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