Historic Sites of Okazaki Historic Sites of Okazaki

Historic Sites of Okazaki


2018.07.27

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Historic Sites of Okazaki

Okazaki may not be a very large city, but when it comes to historical significance it’s well and truly punching far above its weight. From sacred shrines, towering castles and historic miso factories, there’s plenty here to keep history buffs from all walks of life very satisfied. Here’s a guide to some of the historical sites you just can’t miss.

  • 01

    Okazaki Castle

    Okazaki Castle

    Okazaki Castle

    A symbol of the city, Okazaki Castle has long played a dominant role in the development of the city and its surrounds. Originally built in the mid-1450s, but was later moved to its current site in the early 1500s. After its establishment, the surrounding area became a prosperous castle town, thanks in a large part to its central location on the Tokaido highway between Kyoto and Tokyo (which at that time was called Edo). Today the castle features five interior floors, many of which are home to exhibits displaying artifacts from the original castle and other historical items such as armor, swords, and dioramas recreating scenes from local history. Take a strong around the castle and you’ll find a samurai-centric museum, teahouses, a Noh theater, and a small clock tower.

    Okazaki Castle
    place
    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Kouseichou 561-1
    phone
    0564222122
    opening-hour
    [Okazaki Castle] 9:00-17:00 …
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  • 02

    Tatsuki Shrine

    Tatsuki Shrine

    Tatsuki Shrine

    Sitting adjacent to Okazaki Castle is Tatsuki Shrine, one of the city’s main local spiritual points of interest. Typically the temple is visited for significant life moments, including children’s coming of age milestones, New Year’s Day and wedding ceremonies. Here you’ll find idols dedicated to two of Japan’s famous Samurai, Ieyasu Tokugawa and Tadakatsu Honda. If you visit on or the days following New Year’s you can also sample usagi ziru (rabbit soup) which is served to visiting guests.

    Matsukijima Yawata Yashiro
    place
    Aichi Nishio-shi Isshikicho Matsukijima
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    Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine

    Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine

    Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine

    Both located on the northern corners of Okazaki, Takisanji Toshogu Shrine and Takisanji Temple are both historical and spiritual treasures of the city and both are worth visiting if you do make it to the area. The Takisanji Temple you see today was built by a famous priest named Kanden, he was a cousin of Japan’s great founder of the Kamakura shogunate (Japanese feudal family) Minamoto Yoritomo (1147-1199). It’s said that Yoritomo’s teeth and hair have been enshrined here inside temple’s the statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

    Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine

    Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine

    Takisanji Shrine was built in 1646, and today it (alongside with its neighboring temple) is home to the Oni Matsuri, which runs on the Saturday closest to the seventh day of the lunar calendar. It’s a vibrant an elaborate fire festival dedicated to Japan’s great demon/ ogre Oni.

    Takisanji Temple
    place
    Aichi Okazaki-shi Takicho Yama Komori 107
    phone
    0564462296
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    Old Streets Lined with Miso Storehouses (Hatchokura-dori)

    Old Streets Lined with Miso Storehouses (Hatchokura-dori)

    Old Streets Lined with Miso Storehouses (Hatchokura-dori)

    Located a short walk from Okazaki Castle you’ll find two rustic looking manufactories. These buildings are the city’s famous miso storehouses, which still to this day continue to produce the area’s delicious, traditional, dark red miso paste. With a history that stretches back over 500 years, it’s definitely worth visiting to get a newfound appreciation for this local culinary staple. You can sign up for a tour through the storehouses and sample the miso produced here.

  • 05

    Honda Tadatsugu House

    Honda Tadatsugu House

    Honda Tadatsugu House

    Built in 1932, the Honda Tadatsugu House is a fascinating architectural hybrid. A mix of western and Japanese design, it’s open for public inspection and sits on the edge of the East Park. Wander through the house to soak up its historic atmosphere and learn more about the early Showa-era, in which it was created. Arguably, the most striking feature of this house is its stained glass windows, which filter in different hues of light, and its meticulously crafted mosaic patterned bathrooms.

    Former Residence of Honda Tadatsugu
    place
    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Kakemachi Ashinobe 40-1
    phone
    0564235015
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00(Last entry16:30)
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    Daijuji Shrine

    Daijuji Shrine

    Daijuji Shrine

    Founded in 1475, the Daijuji Shrine is another one of the city’s popular spiritual sites, however what makes this place so culturally significant is its rich historical connection to the powerful Japanese leader Tokugawa Ieyasu. Founded by the ancestors of the Tokugawa clan the Matsudairas, it’s said that this is where Ieyasu once visited to seek refuge from conflict, determined to commit suicide in front of the graves of his ancestors, before a priest intervened and encouraged Ieyasu not to give up hope.

    Daijuji Temple
    place
    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Kamodachou Hiromoto 5-1
    phone
    0564213917
    opening-hour
    [Main hallGates openHours]9:…
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