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Aichi | Okazaki Castle

Impressive architecture and fascinating samurai history at the 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 the first of the 15 Tokugawa Shogun, the Great Lord, Tokugawa Ieyasu, in Okazaki Castle. The castle grounds are now a tree filled park, and a popular cherry blossom and wisteria viewing spot in spring. As you enter via the grand Otemon Gate, you will be impressed by the remaining rough-hewn stone walls, now covered with moss and ferns, and if you are lucky enough you might see the Great Ieyasu Aoi Busho Tai, a performing samurai team wandering the grounds in full armor or putting on an open-air show. Well worth a visit is also the Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum, dedicated to Ieyasu’s brave warriors. 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, with explanations of local history and cultural exhibits, while the 5th floor observatory offers a panoramic view of the Mikawa region.

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Tokai Region | JNTO Official Website

Aichi Prefecture | JNTO Official Website




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