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Inuyama Castle
Flag of Inuyama
Official logo of Inuyama
Location of Inuyama in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Inuyama in Aichi Prefecture
Inuyama is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°22′43″N 136°56′40.2″E / 35.37861°N 136.944500°E / 35.37861; 136.944500
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
First official recorded3 BC
City SettledApril 1, 1954
 • MayorTakuro Yamada (from 2014)
 • Total74.90 km2 (28.92 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2019)
 • Total73,420
 • Density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeChinese hawthorn
- FlowerSakura
Phone number0568-61-1800
Address36 Higashihata, Inuyama, Inuyama-shi, Aichi-ken 484-0081
WebsiteOfficial website

Inuyama (犬山市, Inuyama-shi) is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2019, the city had an estimated population of 73,420 in 31,276 households,[1] and a population density of 980 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 74.90 square kilometres (28.92 sq mi). The name of the city literally translates to "Dog Mountain". The name appears in historical records from 1336 AD, but its origin is unknown.


Inuyama skyline
Lake Iruka and Meiji-mura

Inuyama lies along the northwestern edge of Aichi Prefecture, separated from neighboring Gifu Prefecture by the Kiso River.


The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Inuyama is 15.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1910 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.4 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Inuyama has been increasing over the past 70 years.

Historical population
1940 26,079—    
1950 35,145+34.8%
1960 38,202+8.7%
1970 50,594+32.4%
1980 64,614+27.7%
1990 69,801+8.0%
2000 72,583+4.0%
2010 75,151+3.5%

Surrounding municipalities

Aichi Prefecture
Gifu Prefecture


Inuyama Old Town

Early modern period

The area around Inuyama was settled from prehistoric times. During the Sengoku period, part of the Battle of Komaki and Nagakute was fought in what is now Inuyama, and the Oda clan rebuilt a pre-existing fortification into Inuyama Castle.

Under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate, Inuyama was ruled as a sub-domain of Owari Domain, entrusted to the Naruse clan, who served as senior retainers of the Nagoya-branch of the Tokugawa clan.

Late modern period

Immediately following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Inuyama was established as an independent feudal han, until the 1871 abolition of the han system. With the establishment of the modern municipalities system on October 1, 1889, the town of Inuyama was created.

Contemporary history

Inuyama Castle was designated as a national treasure in 1935 and again in 1952.

Inuyama merged with four neighboring villages to form the city of Inuyama on April 1, 1954.

In 2016, the Inuyama Festival was proclaimed an Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.


Inuyama City Hall

Inuyama has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 20 members. The city contributes one member to the Aichi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Aichi 16th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

External relations

Twin towns – sister cities

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Japan

Inuyama is twinned with:[4]


Sister cities
Friendship city


Sister cities


Downtown Inuyama

Secondary sector of the economy

Ceramic engineering



National Universities
Private Universities


Private Colleges


Inuyama has ten public elementary schools and four public junior high schools operated by the city government, and two public high schools operated by the Aichi Prefectural Board of Education.


Inuyama Bridge


Conventional lines



Japan National Route

Local attractions



Natural attractions

Other structures


Cormorant fishing
Inuyama Festival


Notable people from Inuyama


  1. ^ Inuyama City official statistics] (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Inuyama climate data
  3. ^ Inuyama population statistics
  4. ^ "姉妹・友好都市". (in Japanese). Inuyama. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  5. ^ Monkeys use trees as catapults in escape from Kyoto Uni's primate research centre, July 7, 2010 , The Courier-Mail, Queensland Newspapers.