The 10 Best Things to Do in Okazaki, Japan

March 7, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Discover the best top things to do in Okazaki, Japan including Hatcho Miso no Sato, Okazaki Castle, Daijuji Temple, Higashi Park, Okazaki Minami Park, Okazaki Park, Okazaki Service Area, Hatchokura-dori, Okazaki Children's Museum of Art, The Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum.
Restaurants in Okazaki

1. Hatcho Miso no Sato

69 Okandori, Hatchocho, Okazaki 444-0923, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-21-1355
Excellent
30%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Hatcho Miso no Sato

Reviewed By Beaucaillou - Germany

Starting with their national cultural heritage building, our guide escorted us to the history of Kakukyu company chronically. Guided tour is only in Japanese. Guided tour begins with pre-registration every 30 minutes between 9:30 to 12:00 in the morning and 13:00 to 16:00 in the afternoon. In the museum part of building one can see not only miso making tools but also ancient Kimono which was wore when the owner brought freshly made miso to load in Okazaki castle. In the end of tour, we had 3 kinds of tasting; haccho-miso soup, Akadashi miso-soup and Konjac with haccho-miso sauce. This visit and tasting takes nearly an hour and it is free of charge. After the visit, we went to their restaurant where we could taste series of haccho-miso meal and Nagoya specialties.

2. Okazaki Castle

561 Koseicho, Okazaki 444-0052, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-22-2122
Excellent
18%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 267 reviews

Okazaki Castle

Reviewed By ART196

Castle keeps don’t often contain the best Exhibitions within even though they mostly function as museums, because their main draw relies on spectacle, but Okazakijō is different. It has a glorious collection of models and artefacts. Unfortunately these collections are jealously guarded and pictures are prohibited within the museum. There is also a separate museum dedicated to the life and times of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the castle park. Period players perform martial arts shows in front of here and I talked with one such lady performer, performing as Komatsu-hime (the ladies always win so they’re worth cheering for). There is small traditional clock tower in the park. On the hour a karakuri (edo-era wooden robot) emerged and performed Noh theatre (pictured). I’d been wanting to see a Karakuri ningyō for a while and suddenly out of nowhere, to my immense delight, one appears from inside the clock in the castle park!
History:
Okazakijō is where Tokugawa Ieyasu was born in 1542. He was called Matsudaira Motoyasu as a child and stayed at Okazakijō until he was 9, when he was handed over to the Imagawa clan as a hostage as part of a peace deal between Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa Sassai. Ieyasu lived in Sunpujō until he was 13, there upon he took his first wife (get in there, my son). He returned to Okazakijō and became lord of the castle aged 18. Ten years later he left to make his headquarters in Hamamatsujō, and left Nobuyasu, his eldest son, in charge of Okazakijō. Nobuyasu stayed there for at least 5 years and participated in the battle of Nagashino. But he fell from grace thereafter, and was exiled and eventually ordered to commit suicide in 1579 by his father at the behest of his father-in-law, Oda Nobunaga (well, you can’t choose your family).
Lords of Okazakijō throughout the Edo-jidai were humbly fiefed but enjoyed a great amount of political power. Okazakijō also had the strategic importance of being located along the Tōkaidō (East Sea Road). The castle was demolished in 1871 by the Meiji authorities, but the castle’s surroundings today form a large park with wall and moat segments remaining. The tenshu was reconstructed out of concrete in 1959.

3. Daijuji Temple

5-1 Hiromoto, Kamodacho, Okazaki 444-2121, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-21-3917
Excellent
21%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Daijuji Temple

Reviewed By kentarotetsu - Okazaki, Japan

Daijuji temple is one of the official Tokugawa Shogun family's temple. The one and only display of the IHAIs (Buddist mortuary tablet) of the 14 Shoguns who ruled Japan during the Edo period is awesome. Although there were 15 Shoguns, the last Shogun Yoshinobu insisted on Shinto burial, thus having no Ihai to display. Each ihai represents the physical height of the shogun. Quite interesting to see that Ieyasu (the first shogun) was relatively tall. Tsunayoshi (5th shogun) ihai is very short, coinsinding with the general belief that he was a frail man.

4. Higashi Park

1 Oyamada, Kakemachi, Okazaki 444-0011, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-24-0050
Excellent
33%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Higashi Park

Reviewed By dorakiti - Aichi-gun, Japan

小さなかわいらしい、無料の、坂のきつい、動物園です。
少しの遊具と室内に図書館、広場があります。
車で行く人が殆どで、駐車場は沢山、色々な場所にあります。

5. Okazaki Minami Park

1-1 Kayabayashi, Wakamatsucho, Okazaki 444-0826, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-51-4426
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Okazaki Minami Park

Reviewed By David C - Brisbane, Australia

Okazaki Minami Park (South Park) is small but fairly open park with a few basic rides and attractions geared for primary school aged children (though adults and older children can enjoy them too!).
There are a couple of children's play areas (sand covered no grass) with swings and slides one side and some open fields (grass covered) around the other side which allow children to run around and play.
Most rides cost between 60 - 100 yen per person per time so they're not that expensive.
There is parking for a few cars though the car park can fill up during public holidays.
Minami Park is quite good for a picnic lunch and playing in the open spaces with children before going on a few rides. It's an easy way to spend a couple of slow hours in the afternoon.

6. Okazaki Park

561-1 Koseicho, Okazaki 444-0052, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-22-5095
Excellent
17%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 119 reviews

Okazaki Park

Reviewed By taopix - Toyota, Japan

I went to the Okazaki Park for that annual Sakura-bloom viewing because this park has the best sakura scenery that is close to where I live. Huge yatai stalls for eateries and the river in the middle made for a spectacular view during the night light up.

7. Okazaki Service Area

10-4 Miyaishicho Mutsuda, Okazaki 444-2109, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-64-5592
Excellent
16%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Okazaki Service Area

Reviewed By CanuckJames - Nishinomiya, Japan

Not all Service Area (SA) and Parking Area (PA) are the same.
This is one of the few stops that actually has a Starbucks and a 7-11. They also have a bakery that is one of our favorites. A custard bun that is really tasty.
We always stop at this SA going to and between Tokyo and Osaka.

8. Hatchokura-dori

Okandori Hatchocho, Okazaki 444-0923, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-21-1355
Excellent
10%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 49 reviews

Hatchokura-dori

Reviewed By たぬきおやじ - Tokyo, Japan

八丁蔵通りは 【カクキュー八丁味噌】と【まるや八丁味噌】の西側沿いにある通りですが 工場景観が一般的な近代工場と異なり 黒塀を持ち、それでいて 規模も大きいので 見応えがあります。【カクキュー八丁味噌】や【まるや八丁味噌】に来られ 時間的に30分程度の余裕があれば こちらにも足を伸ばされることをお薦めします。2社の八丁味噌蔵で仕込み桶をバックにした記念撮影をされる方が多いと思いますが こちらも記念写真の撮影スポットとしてお薦めします。

9. Okazaki Children's Museum of Art

1-1, Okamachi Torito, Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-53-3511
Excellent
26%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Okazaki Children's Museum of Art

Reviewed By Artur A - Chicago, United States

Another place to let kids play. There are many activities to craft. Each room is dedicated to a different skill, where you buy a kit and the parents help as or if needed. The mushroom playground outside help unwind afterwards.

10. The Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum

561 Koseicho | Okazaki Park, Okazaki 444-0052, Aichi Prefecture +81 564-24-2204
Excellent
25%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

The Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum

Reviewed By Artur A - Chicago, United States

History of Ieasu Tokugawa and the events leading to his ascension to power and military success. On occasion actors dress in samurai garb perform on the plaza in front.

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