Okazaki Castle was built between 1455 and 1542, by a warrior named Saigo Tsugiyori. At the end of the Edo period, Okazaki castle was the seat of the Honda clan, daimyo in the domain of Okazaki. However, Okazaki castle is famous as a castle where Tokugawa Ieyasu was born (Tokugawa clan).
It was rebuilt in 1959 to support local tourism, Okazaki Castle is located within Okazaki Park, and you can see information signs in English and Portuguese, the park is dominated by the white walls of the old castle and the fortress. In 2006, the castle was on the list of one hundred notable Japanese castles.
The castle has become a historical museum that divides the theme by each floor, the second floor shows “dominance and control”, the third floor shows the exhibitions “cultural and industrial city” and the fourth floor shows information about the castle.
The reinforced concrete structure has three roofs and five internal floors and displays artifacts from the original castle, Japanese swords, armor and diagrams that depict local history.
On the fifth floor is an observation room from where you can observe the surrounding rivers Yahagigawa and Sugogawa, and the mountains to the north and the city of Okazaki to the east, a glorious 360 degree panorama from where you can see the Taika-Dera temple. Where they say that Tokugawa Ieyasu prayed.
Sakura – Cherry Blossom
End of Year Lighting
Entrance to the Castle: 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for children.
Parking: 100 for 30 min.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (however, admission is until 4:30 pm)
Closed: the end of the year (December 29 to December 31)
Note: It is forbidden to take photos inside the Castle
Aichi-ken Okazaki-shi Koseicho 561