Monday February 16
Another early morning train to see beautiful Inuyama castle. For this one you take off your shoes and wear slippers during the tour. It is mostly very steep wooden stairs and I had to make sure I did not hit my head while climbing up and back down. At the top there is a balcony and we were able to take some very nice pictures of the area. A castle worker pointed out two additional castles way off in the distance. The Inuyama castle is listed as a Japanese National Treasure. It was built in 1537 and is the oldest standing castle in Japan.
Just beyond the castle grounds is the Karakuri Exhibition museum, which features the Karakuri dolls (Puppets) used during the Inuyama Festival held each April. On each float various puppets perform a show accompanied by Japanese flutes and drums.
Across the street is the Shirotomachi museum with many historical artifacts from the castle. Both museums were included with our castle ticket price.
Back at the Nagoya train station, which boast the world’s tallest terminal building, 51 stories with many restaurants and stores.
During this trip we did get our exercise. For three days we walked over 55,300 steps, which equals 39 kilometers or 24 miles.
Transportation (Bullet train, local trains, buses) and Hotel $424, Food was $248 (The lobster meal accounted for $82), Entrance fees $35 (Many places gave senior discounts), and gifts $62, total cost for two was $769.
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