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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Okazaki Castle 岡崎城

The Birthplace of a Japanese Icon

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.

How to Get There

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.

Quick Facts

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

A place and beauty and history

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.

Uncover the historic of the area

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.

Unmatched beauty

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.

Meet a samurai

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.

A Japanese national treasure

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.

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