Okazaki Castle (Okazaki-jo)3.1
Located in Okazaki Park in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, this castle is known as the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the founder and the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. This castle, which is said to have been built in the 1450s, has been called Okazaki Castle since Ieyasu's grandfather, Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, moved the castle to its present location in 1531. The castle served as the base for Ieyasu to unify the country which had been devided into numerous provinces and had been ruled by daimyo lords separately. The castle buildings were demolished in 1873 in the early Meiji Period under the new government, but in 1959 its Tenshukaku (donjon) was reconstructed to its original appearance. This reconstructed castle with three layers and five stories is open to the public as a historical museum with an observatory on its 5th floor to overlook the city of Okazaki. Selected as one of Japan's 100 Best Castles in 2006. Also known as Tatsu-jo or Tatsu-ga-Shiro (Castle of Dragon).
Purposereasonable,cherry blossom viewing,History,autumn foliage,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Chubu Centrair International Airport (about 33.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
3.02 months ago
Okazaki Castle has big castle park and there is a mechanical clock at the beginning entrance which opens and there is a mechanical doll that performs the Noh dance for every hour or so.
5.0a year ago
Okazaki castle park is one of the 100 best Sakura viewing places in Japan. The cherry blossoms will bloom by next weekend. This is a place for everyone. It not only has lovely views, but there is a children’s playground, a first rate tea house and lots and lots of room for walking, playing or cycling. If you have not been here for the cherry blossoms... you MUST! (It’s beautiful in autumn as well.)
3.06 months ago
Not much attractions but ots of history display until reaching to the top, observation deck. But I agree it's historically meaningful much more than the architecture itself.
5.07 months ago
Great for learning Japan's daimyo and history
5.0a year ago
Okazaki is a quaint little city not too far from Nagoya. I was surprised to see the such a nice complex. The castle is rather fetching. There are old buildings surrounding it. One can spend a couple of hours just soaking the atmosphere walking around and enjoying the view. The plum trees were just starting to open their flowers. Gardeners were tending to the trees. It was quiet peaceful one of my favorite places in Japan.