Places to Visit in Okazaki with FamilyOkazaki is a peaceful, old little castle town 30min. by train from Nagoya.
The main site for visitors is Okazaki Castle, where Tokugawa Ieyasu (the founder of the Tokugawa government, one of the most important person in Japan’s history).
The castle is a restored one. It has a history museum and observation room, so you may go inside and see.
Also, Okazaki is famous of its specialty Hatcho-Miso (black Miso, fermented soy bean paste). You can visit the Hatcho-Miso factory (“Hatcho-Miso no Sato” 15min. walk from Okazaki Castle, need reservation), and enjoy free short tours of the traditional Miso making process, and try some Miso sweet at the end of the tour.
Actually, Okazaki is only famous of its castle and Miso, (although there are some more sites and festivals),
but for kids, there are also some nice parks & sites nearby!
Check out the following sites ↓↓
Places in Okazaki to have fun with kids
- Okazaki World Children’s Art Museum
5min. taxi from Miai Sta.(2 stations next to Higashi-Okazaki Sta.) http://www.city.okazaki.aichi.jp/1200/1208/1242/p010841.html
Unique art museum for kids. Adults can also enjoy by experiencing participatory art design. At family art center “Oyako Zoke Center,” you can work with clay, paintings and crafts with no need of reservation. There are also curious playing areas such as the area of huge mushroom playground.
cf.Article about Okazaki World Children’s Art Museum in English
- Okazaki Higashi Park & Zoo
20min. by bus from Higashi-Okazaki Sta. http://www.city.okazaki.aichi.jp/1100/1107/1149/p006023.html ©http://www.city.okazaki.aichi.jp/
Big park with FREE zoo, nature and cultural sites. There are elephant, deer, meerkats, monkeys, birds, sheeps and more at the zoo.
Also, the park has some beautiful sceneries of iris garden in early May and maple leaves light-up in Autumn.
- Okazaki Minami Park
Take bus from JR Okazaki Sta., or about 21 min.walk from JR Okazaki Sta.
Local park with amusement area, pool, go-cart, pond, and nature. Kids can enjoy the merry-go-round at 100 yen, kids train 60 yen, in very reasonable prices.
- IPC Wan-wan Dog Zoo
10min. walk from Otogawa Sta.
A park with many kinds of dogs. There are several events for kids, and you can take a walk with your favorite dog.
I bet you can meet and play with Japanese dogs like Akita-ken or tiny ones like toy-poodles☆ By the way, “Wan-wan” in Japanese means “Bow Wow!”
cf. English articles about Okazaki city guide http://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-city-guides/okazaki
Strolling around Okazaki CastleOtogawa River in front of Okazaki Castle
You can buy feeds for ducks at the river
Bridge to the main castle
You can explore around the castle with full of greenery and flowers
Shrine for the dragon in front of the castle
purify your hands here
Okazaki Castle is a very famous cherry blossom viewing site, so you can find many of these manhole designs
Around the Higashi Okazaki Station, you can find some nice restaurants. There were an Irish pub, too!
A samurai is nominating for the election!