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Okazaki Castle

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Impressive architecture and Aichi history at the birthplace of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu

Aichi Prefecture



Okazaki Castle is the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1867).

As you enter via the grand Otemon Gate, you will be impressed by the remaining rough-hewn stone walls. The grounds of the castle are now a tree-filled park that is a popular viewing spot for cherry blossoms and wisteria in spring. 

If you are lucky, you will encounter the samurai team named “Great Ieyasu Kou Aoi Bushotai.” They wear costumes depicting armor from that era and entertain visitors with their performances.

The highlight is the castle keep. The second and third floors are a museum of samurai armors, weapons, and items of daily use, with explanations of local history and cultural exhibits. On the fourth floor, the castle theater, you can enjoy an immersive and stunning experience with images and sound projected on three walls and the floor. On the fifth floor, you can see a panoramic view of Okazaki City.

Mikawa Warrior's Museum of Ieyasu is also recommended. This museum displays materials regarding the history of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi, Ieyasu’s retainers.



How to get there


Walk from JR Nagoya Station to Meitetsu Nagoya Station(5 minutes). Take a train from Meitetsu Nagoya Station to Higashi Okazaki Station (30 minutes). The castle is 15 minutes by foot from the station.


561-1 Kosei-cho, Okazaki-shi, Aichi-ken


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