Being both the birthplace of Japan’s greatest shogun, and one of the country’s finest cherry blossom viewing spots, Okazaki Castle is Japan at its most stunning and historic.
The castle is a 15-minute walk from Higashi Okazaki Station.
From Meitetsu Nagoya Station take a train bound for Toyohashi and hop off at Higashi Okazaki Station. From Shin-Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo Station, take Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Nagoya Station and switch to the Meitetsu-Limited Express at Meitetsu Nagoya Station.
Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of Japan’s greatest rulers, was born in this castle
The castle’s origins can be traced back to 1531
Okazaki Castle Park is considered one of Japan’s best cherry blossom spots
Due to its location on the highway from Kyoto to Tokyo, Okazaki became an important city in the Edo period. The Castle's original foundation, moats and stonewalls still remain today.
As the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the great unifier of Japan, it is no surprise to discover that all over Okazaki-jo you can find points of historic importance. From statues, to the well from which his first bath was drawn, the castle grounds are a mecca for anyone interested in Japan’s samurai history.
All this history sits amidst the beautiful Castle Park. Soak up the beauty of the tree-lined paths and moss-covered battlements. For more history, head to the Iyeyasu and Mikawa Bushi Museum inside Okazaki Castle.
Keep an eye out for samurai warlords wandering the grounds, entertaining guests in their armor. They are happy to pose for photos, so have your cameras handy.
Though beautiful all year round, the park has been listed as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots” by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association. The grounds surrounding the castle are especially glorious in late March and early April. Pick up some food and drink from the food stands and join the locals as they picnic at the park and line the Oto River.