Okazaki Japan



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Description: Okazaki ({{lang|ja|岡崎}}) is located midway between Nagoya and Toyohashi, in the center of Aichi prefecture. It has a long history, but is best known for being the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Okazaki Castle is the focus of the city, which was an important Tokaido post town and river port.

Okazaki ( 岡崎 ) is located midway between Nagoya and Toyohashi. in the center of Aichi prefecture. It has a long history, but is best known for being the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Okazaki Castle is the focus of the city, which was an important Tokaido post town and river port.

  • JR Okazaki station. on the Tokaido Main Line. is in the southern part of the city. The station is close to the Yamasa Institute, and the Aichi Kanjo line for Toyota can be accessed here.
  • Higashi-Okazaki. on the private Meitetsu Line. is in the central part of the city. This station is convenient for the main tourist sites, such as Okazaki Castle, Rokusho Jinja, Iga Hachimangu, and Daijuji temple. It also connects to the Chubu Centrair International Airport (65 min / ¥1,210).
  • Naka-Okazaki station. on the Aichi Loop Line, is an alternative for Okazaki Castle and the adjacent Ieyasu Museum, which are located in Okazaki Park. Take the Tokaido Main Line train from Nagoya to Okazaki (detailed below), then change to the Aichi Loop Line to Naka-Okazaki, two stations and four minutes away (¥220). Okazaki Castle is an easy 10-minute walk from the station.

From Tokyo. the easiest method of reaching Okazaki by train is to take a shinkansen train to the transit hub in Nagoya. then backtrack over to Okazaki. It takes approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours to reach Okazaki; the approximate one-way cost is ¥11000.

Tokaido Main Line trains reach Okazaki from Nagoya in 30 minutes (¥ 600), and from Toyohashi in 20 minutes, (¥570) by shin-kaisoku train. Meitetsu trains reach Higashi-Okazaki from Nagoya in 40 minutes (¥650), and from Toyohashi in 25 minutes (¥540) by kyuko train. Faster Meitetsu "Myu" trains shorten the run with an added surcharge.

All of the above can be used with the Japan Rail Pass, except the Meitetsu and Aichi Loop Line trains.

There is an extensive bus network (Meitetsu and JR buses) that is difficult to use unless you can speak/read some Japanese. The central and southern parts of the city are fairly flat, and pretty ideal for exploring by bicycle.

Hatchō miso (八丁味噌), a dark red fermented soybean paste favored by, among others, the Meiji Emperor, originates from Okazaki and is the most famous local delicacy.




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