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From Nagoya, I got myself to Inuyama [犬山], Aichi Prefecture, to see yet another castle. This is also one of the twelve original castles and a National Treasure of Japan. Inuyama is located about 40 minutes away from Nagoya in a line I had not even heard about, so I had a bit of a hiccup finding the station. But it was no more than a tiny stumble and I was on my way at the expected time. Inuyama is a nice little town with a traditional street leading up to the castle, called “Castle Town street”.

Before getting to the castle I came across two shrines – one was Haritsuna Jinja [針綱神社].

The other one was Sankoinari Jinja [三光稲荷神社 ], which either got you a partner or protected your pets. Inclusive for people who want a partner or not, I guess (≧∇≦).

Then I hiked up to Inuyama Castle [犬山城, Inuyama-jō].

I diverted from the way to get to Inuyama Jinja [犬山神社].

And I was puzzled by something called Oibokenizu Jizoudou [老い呆け来地ず蔵堂]. But it’s okay. Apparently most people are. It seems to be some kind of love temple.

Finally I met a very relaxed kitty in Akiba Jinja [秋葉神社].

With this, I left Inuyama and headed off to Nagoya. I took a Tokyo-bound Shinkansen and stopped at Hamamatsu because I wanted to see… yet another castle! I found my way to Hamamatsu Castle [浜松城, Hamamatsu- jō].

Next to it there is the sculpture of Tokugawa Ieyasu [若き日の徳川家康公像, Wakaki hi no Tokugawa Ieyasukō-zō]. Ieyasu build the Castle and resided in Hamamatsu and was the first shogun of Edo shogunate. The castle is a reconstruction.

Finally, there is the Ieyasu Armour Hang Pine Tree [家康公鎧掛松, Ieyasu yoroi-kake-matsu ] which (supposedly) is where the man hung his armour when he was home (aka the original castle).

And with that I headed off back to Tokyo and EfficientTimes’ place to get some rest.

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