Excursion: Castles, Old Towns & Hot Spring

Castles, Old Towns & Hot Spring: Historical castles and traditional towns from Edo Period, staying overnight at onsen (hot springs)

Inuyama Castle, a national treasure, and its town preserve their traditional atmosphere of Edo Period. Nagaragawa Spa is one of the most famous hot springs, and from the top-floor restaurant of the hotel, you can enjoy the view of Gifu Castle on the top of the castle mountain across Nagara River.

Details
First day (Mar. 24) 08:00-17:00 (approx. 9 hours)
2nd day (Mar. 25) 08:00-18:30 (approx. 10.5 hours)
Price:JPY98,000 per person
Condition: Minimum Participants required 20 persons, maximum 35 persons
Included: Transportation, English speaking guide, Accommodation (on 24 Mar.), 1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1
dinner, entrance tickets

Itinerary
Assembly Time: 07:40 on Mar. 24
Assembly Point: JR Tokyo Station Nihombashi Exit
[Mar. 24]
Tokyo Station — Nagoya Station — Inuyama Castle
— Lunch@Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel — Urakuen Garden — Gifu Castle — Gifu Grand Hotel
[Mar. 25]
Gifu Grand Hotel — Takayama Jinya — Lunch@Takayama city — Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan — Nagoya Station — Tokyo Station

Highlights
Inuyama Castle:
Standing high above the banks of the Kiso River, Inuyama Castle is the oldest castle in Japan and its four-story Momoyama style donjon has been designated a national treasure. With construction beginning in 1537, the castle was built in stages and in the early 1600’s came under the control of the Naruse family, which still owns the castle today. As “Inuyama” literally means “dog mountain,” the entrance to the castle is marked with several large statues of dogs. Of additional note are the paths of bright red Japanese torii-style gates that lead to the castle entrance.

Takayama Jinya:
The Takayama Jinya is the only “jinya,” or regional headquarters of the Tokugawa Shogunate, that has survived to this day. From 1692, when the Shogunate took direct rule over Hida, until the Meiji Restoration, in 1868, men were sent from Edo as administrators, accountants and police to the Takayama Jinya. The present main building was constructed in 1816, and consists of the Public Administration Office, Public Affairs Office, Grand Hall and Messengers Hall, all in their original condition. The Rice Warehouse that was used to store the rice collected as a tax was built in the 1600s, and is presently used as an exhibition space, displaying items from the time of direct rule to the Meiji Era. There are over 250 separate historical displays including documents, maps and artifacts.