Okazaki Castle

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History

Saigo Tsugiyori built Okazaki-jo in 1455. Matsudaira Kiyoyasu captured the castle in 1524 and his famous grandson Matsudaira Motoyasu was born here on December 16, 1542. Motoyasu would later change his name to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu succeeded to lord of the castle in 1560 and left his eldest son Nobuyasu in charge when he moved to Hamamatsu -jo in 1570. Nobuyasu left the castle to the Tanaka clan when the Tokugawa moved to Edo (Tokyo) in 1590. Later, Honda replaced Tanaka. Okazaki-jo, the birthplace of Japan's most famous leader, was unfortunately torn down in 1873. The reconstruction dates to 1959.

Visit Notes

Located near Nagoya, this castle is an easy stop on the way to Nagoya or as a half day trip from Nagoya. It's a fairly large castle and worth the trip if you're around Okazaki and have free time.

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Castle Profile
English Name Okazaki Castle
Japanese Name 岡崎城
Alternate Names Ryu-jo
Founder Saigo Tsugiyori
Year Founded 1455
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Designations Top 100 Castles
Historical Period Edo Period
Main Keep Structure 3 levels, 5 stories
Year Reconstructed 1959 (concrete)
Features main keep, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access HIgashi Okazaki Station (Meitetsu Line), 10 minute walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://www.kouiki.city.okazaki.aichi.jp/GeoGuide/cgi-bin/clickinf.asp?class=1&serialno=1&eda no=0
Location Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 57' 23", 137° 9' 31"
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Admin
Year Visited 1996
Visits March 1996
Added to Jcastle 1999


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ARTHatamoto

3 months ago
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Added yagura, ishigaki, and moat pictures to gallery
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ARTHatamoto

8 months ago
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Castle keeps sometimes don’t contain the best exhibitions within even though they mostly function as museums, because their main draw relies on spectacle, but Okazakijō is different. It has a glorious collection of models and artefacts. Unfortunately these collections are jealously guarded and pictures are prohibited within the museum. There is also a separate museum dedicated to the life and times of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the castle park. Period players perform martial arts shows in front of here and I talked with one such lady performer, performing as Komatsu-hime (the ladies always win so they’re worth cheering for). There is small traditionally inspired clock tower in the park. On the hour a karakuri ningyō (originally Edo-era wooden robot) emerged and performed Noh theatre.
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Kiddus i2003Gunshi

43 months ago
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Excellent park and the main entrance was very impressive, liked the castle immensely.
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FurinkazanHatamoto

56 months ago
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Today i visited 4 sites, of which one isn't yet on this site. I began with this one. The park is beautiful but sadly they didn't try to cover the concrete in the tenshu. The artifacts are very interesting, but as already stated you may not take pictures inside. The Ieyasu and Mikawa bushi museum retraces the life of Ieyasu. The important phases of his life are translated in english, but everything else is in japanese. There is a nice recreation model of the battle of Sekigahara. To the exit you are able to put an armor on with the helmet of Honda Tadakatsu. It takes no time, because the staff put it on you and it's free of charge. If you are in the vicinity, i recommend to go to this site.
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Anonymous user #1

58 months ago
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sangat bagus hebat dan indah totemo ii,sugoi,kireii 2014-2-16 watashi wa okazaki jo mimashita
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UsagiAshigaru

83 months ago
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Visited this castle as part of a weekend trip to Nagoya. Nice little castle with interesting grounds to walk around, worth the visit.
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Frank T.Gunshi

87 months ago
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How is it that the admin rating for this castle is two stars? Granted, it's a reconstruction, but the park is nice, the keep is not a small one, and the site is of some historical importance. Everyone, not only castle fans, can enjoy a visit here.
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RaymondWHatamoto

88 months ago
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I rushed my first visit to this castle three years ago, so I decided on a re-visit yesterday and actually walked around it a bit more leisurely. I got round to see more of the moats and ishigaki on the north side of the castle ground which I missed last time. There is a free English pamphlet available on request. You can only take photos on the top floor of the castle. The other parts of the castle museum have “no photo” signs all over. A 44-page book in Japanese with colour photos of some of the displays in the museum as well as the history of the castle is available for 600yen. The interior of the castle could have been done better with wooden panelling to hide all the concrete. Still, the museum was pretty good.
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Anonymous user #1

124 months ago
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All is true, except I was not allowed to photo anything inside. Security cameras was watching everything. You could however take pictures from very top outside. Great view of city from there.
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Anonymous user #1

131 months ago
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This is a terrific castle that is underrated. There is a large, beautiful park that surrounds the castle, and inside the castle, they have some good displays of samurai weapons and armour. Unlike some of the other bigger and well-known castles, you are allowed to take pictures of the displays inside. There are also 2 good traditional-style restaurants in the park, and there is a cheap business ryokan called Tomoe that I've stayed at which is a few minutes' walk from the park, for about 5000 yen/night including breakfast. I have some really fond memories there, especially walking through the park at night. You can only imagine what it must have been like back in the Edo-jidai.