Okazaki Castle
Okazaki Castle
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Beth Anne P
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is more of a museum chronicling the castle, the castle grounds, and Okazaki more generally and their role during the Tokugawa period (and along Tokaido road). That is, you aren't "touring a castle" when you come here, even though the museum is in the castle. But it is still extremely interesting, informative and well worth a trip. Tokugawa Ieyasu was born here and you learn a lot about his life, as well as how the castle functioned, why it was built where it was built, and how feudalism worked during this period of Japanese history. Its a beautiful building, and they have a cool well out front in the shape of a turtle. Highly recommend.
Written 17 May 2024
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Tombow
Cambridge, Canada355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I have been coming to this castle for 40 years. It has been newly renovated and has artifacts that history buffs will enjoy. The castle grounds are beautiful any time of the year, but especially when the cherry blossoms are out, when the ancient wisteria vines are blossoming or when the tress are changing colours. The museum has been greatly improved as well. Unfortunately, it is no longer the peaceful oasis it once was due to the rise in popularity because of a new televised drama about Tokugawa Ieyasu. During Golden Week, the place was heaving with people. However, if you’re a fan of the shogunate warriors, this is a good place to go. There is a shrine beside the castle where you can buy charms for many things, such as warding off car accidents.
Written 5 May 2023
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Okazaki is one of the Japanese towns I bring in my heart, as a Formula One and motorsports enthusiast I’ll always associate it with Satoru Nakajima and his sons Kazuki and Daisuke, who were all born there. That said, this castle brings you back to the Tokugawa Era, as the Tokugawa family didn’t live too much far from there…
Written 5 July 2021
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Bimesh S
Yokohama, Japan4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
Very well preservation of ancient artifacts, the entrance is free for all, people can enjoy with their loved one.
Specially travels are looking for a place which they can take back in thier consciousness, this is the place.
Written 13 November 2020
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Robert H
West Palm Beach, FL1,562 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Very quaint castle big carps golden and spotted red white and black. The Castle was Nobunaga considered the first Shogun who had Tokugawa as hostage. The Castle has Tokugawa emblem Nobunaga is forgotten. The interesting item here is the clock every 30 min. The clock will have a show. I can’t put the video but the clock opens up and a figure dances.
Written 2 July 2019
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Robert H
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Good things come in small packages.... smaller than the imperial size Himeji or Osaka castles... but inside is beautiful and the grounds are breathtaking.
Written 29 June 2019
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IZ_Zardai
Tokyo, Japan155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Business
The castle is a faithful reconstruction of the original castle standing here. Okazaki is supposed to be the location where Tokugawa Iyeasu was born, hence the place's historical importance. The castle grounds are lovely and staff are friendly. There are a few young employees walking around giving out information, maps and they are dressed up as samurai in beautiful period costumes. Nice to take a walk there.
Written 24 January 2019
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Despite its connection with one of the most famous historical figures - Tokugawa Ieyasu, this castle is quite small and probably not on anyone's 'must-see' list. I imagine the cherry blossoms would be spectacular in Spring here, and the Autumn leaves are pretty good too. A short walk from Naka Okazaki station and quite accessible, it's a pleasant way to while away some time if you're in the area.
Written 20 October 2018
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unizkhong
Tiong Bahru, Singapore264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
The castle is divided to 2, the castle and the museum. To visit both will cost 550yen+-.

Both castle and museum are largely replicated and looks more like museum.

The castle and museum is quite educative and a nice garden.
Written 31 August 2017
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore5,288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
A 15-minute walk west from Higashi Okazaki Meitetsu station over the Otogawa River. We approached from the ‘North’ side and reached the Mikawa Bushi Museum and Park first. The large premise has a mechanical clock tower and flower clock and Okazaki Park was filled with visitors on a Saturday afternoon. We wandered across the rover to near the stone walls and moat. There are also a number of statutes in the park as well as the famous Ieyasu's Well, as it was thought the water for the great man's first bath was drawn here.. Walked another 5 mins and we reached the Tatsuki Shrine which was built after Ieyasu Tokugawa passed on. All these features literally provides an outline of the local history and of course the famous personally -> Ieyasu.!!
Okazaki Castle is known as the birthplace of one of the most influential men, Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616). The castle was also known as "Tatsu-jō " (龍城) and has strong ties with Tokugawa clan. It honorary was proclaimed one of the 100 Fine Castles of Japan years back. The original was demolished during Meiji Restoration and only rebuilt 1959. We paid 300 yen to enter (a combined castle & museum is cheaper but we were shortage of time…).
There are three roofs and five floors, and contains exhibits of artefacts from the original castle. There are also audio visual aids but NO English so not too helpful for us.. As usual no photos are allowed, but we were tempted and took a few photos anyway (ops, sorry). For the 2nd, 3rd and 4th level there were many fascinating displays of the castle history including some armour and weapons pieces, letters, paintings of war plans, Japanese swords and dioramas illustrating local history. The displays really did give a sense of the history of the whole place.
The top 5th floor observatory offers a panoramic view of the Mikawa region; one get to enjoy the surrounding breath-taking great view of Okazaki city.. There were some stands up to take pictures too (I did!). There happened to be armored-clad Samurai inviting tourist to take photo with them or simply chat-up, enjoyable.
We descended the slight higher ground and left via the southern side and walk alongside the Ota River and headed back to Sakae sta.
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Written 10 April 2017
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