The Inuyama Bunraku Museum in Inuyama, Aichi is a Japanese puppet theater museum which educates people on how these puppets are constructed and operated. Visitors can try moving the puppets themselves.
The Japan Monkey Park in Inuyama, Aichi has a remarkable collection of monkeys and apes, with a wider variety of primates than even most world-class zoos. It is decorated with ape statues and colorful paintings.
The Meiji Mura Museum in Inuyama, Aichi houses a large collection of Meiji architecture from Japan, Brazil, Hawaii, and Seattle. The effect is like that of a ghost town - visitors can walk through the buildings at their leisure, and each one is full of vintage furnishings, as if it were still in use. Fans of Japanese literature may enjoy the summer house of writer Soseki Natsume, where he reportedly wrote his classic novel I Am A Cat. The signature piece, however, is the lobby of the old Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Imperial Hotel.
The Inuyama-jo in Inuyama, Aichi is the only privately owned castle in Japan and is one of the nicest original examples of feudal Japanese fortifications. Originally built in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, grandfather of Oda Nobunaga, the warlord who helped end the long civil war that preceded the Tokugawa Shogunate, it is one of a handful of castles designated a Japanese national treasure.
The Little World Museum of Man in Inuyama, Aichi is an open-air museum and amusement park founded in 1970. It contains a large number of buildings built according to the native style of over 22 countries. Visitors can also wear traditional ethnic costumes of France, Germany, Korea and Okinawa. It also holds regular events and concerts that showcase the different countries exhibited.
The Jo-an Teahouse in Inuyama, Aichi is one of Japan’s most celebrated tea ceremony houses, designated as a national treasure. It was built in 1618 by Oda Uraku, a younger brother of Oda Nobunaga and a disciple of Sen-no-rikyu. During the Meiji Period, it was moved from Kyoto to Inuyama, particularly in the Urakuen Tea Garden.
The Inuyama-jo in Inuyama, Aichi is a castle overlooking the Kiso River, which serves as the border between Aichi and Gifu Prefecture. It is one of the 12 castles still existing in Japan that was built before the Edo Period. It is often claimed as the oldest castle in the country. It was the center of power for the Naruse Clan.
The Imperial Hotel in the Meiji Village Museum in Inuyama, Aichi is actually a structure reconstructed from Tokyo. The original Imperial Hotel in Tokyo was built in 1890 and burned down by accident in 1919. Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to replace the old wooden structure.
The Hakubutsukan Meiji Mura in Inuyama, Aichi is an open-air architectural museum and theme park preserving historical buildings from Japan’s Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa Periods. Over 60 historical buildings have been moved and reconstructed onto 250 acres of rolling hills alongside Lake Iruka.