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  • Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum
  • Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum
  • Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum
  • Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum
  • Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum
  • Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum
  • Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum

Okazaki Castle, Birthplace of the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu

Aichi Prefecture is the birthplace of heroes. The nations’ three Unifiers were all born in Aichi, Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi in Nagoya, and in nearby Okazaki Castle, the first of the 14 Tokugawa Shogun, the Great Lord, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum

The castle grounds are now a tree filled park, and a popular cherry blossom and wisteria viewing spot in spring. Entry is via the grand Otemon gate. The remaining rough-hewn stone walls are most impressive, their original harsh function as protector of the fortress now softened by the moss and ferns covering them.

Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum

Within the grounds are statues of Ieyasu and his loyal retainer Honda Tadakatsu. Japan’s oldest municipal Noh theatre, various shrines, small eateries, the well from which Lord Ieyasu’s first bath was drawn, even a monument to the Alamo can be found. Why? Well, you’ll have to go see for yourself!

Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum

Another attraction well worth seeing is the Mikawa Bushi (warrior) and Ieyasu Museum, dedicated to Ieyasu’s brave warriors. You might see the Great Ieyasu Aoi Busho Tai, performing samurai team wandering the grounds in full armor, or putting on an open-air show.
The main attraction however is the castle keep. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors are a fascinating museum of samurai armor, weapons, and items of daily use, explanations of local history and cultural exhibits, while the 5th floor observatory offers a panoramic view of the Mikawa region.

Okazaki Castle / Okazaki Park / Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum

Apart from Tokugawa Ieyasu and the castle, Okazaki is famous for its annual Fireworks Festival, when an amazing 30,000 fireworks are exploded in the night sky from the castle grounds.
Okazaki Castle, as the birthplace of a national hero, and the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is a must see!

SPOT OVERVIEW

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Location : 〒444-0052
561 Kosei-cho, Okazaki-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : The Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum: adults 360 yen, children 200 yen
Castle & Museum combined: adults 510 yen, children 270 yen
Okazaki Castle: adults 200 yen, children 100 yen
Opening
days / hours
: The Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum, Okazaki Castle: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last admission 4:30 PM)
Parking : Available, paid (Okazaki Park parking lot, cap. 150 cars, 30min/100 yen)
Holidays : The Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum, Okazaki Castle: year-end (December 29 to December 31)
Phone number : 0564‐22-2122

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    10min eastwards walk from Okazaki Koen Mae Station of the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (board from Meitetsu Nagoya Station).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 10min northwestwards from Okazaki I.C. of the Tomei Expressway via Route 1.

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