Table of Contents:

Updates:
March 2007: Onsen "Aoi Yu" and "Raku No Yu"
March 2007: Restaurant "Pastel" and "Chingu"
July 2006: about mobile phones

dot Introduction
dot Gallery
dot Facts about Okazaki

Location & Geography, Population & People, Zoning, Parklands, Climate, Flora and Fauna, Economy, Security and Safety, Ten "must do / must see" things in Okazaki

dot Transportation

To/From airport, Trains, Train Network, Buses, Car/Motorcycle, Rules of the road, Getting a license, Bicycles, Taxis, Walking, Hitching, Tours

dot Accommodation

Hotels, Business Hotels, Ryokan/Minshuku, Monthly/Weekly Mansions, Apartments/Houses/Realtors

dot History

To end of Kamakura Period (-1333), Edo Period (-1868), Present

dot Tourism

Okazaki Castle, Hozoji, Iga Hachimangu, Daijuji, Rokusho Jinja, Hatcho-Miso, Takisanji and Takisan Toshogu, Okutono Jinya, Shinpukuji, Myogenji, Tenonji, 27 Turns, Tokaido, Fujikawa, Traditional Arts and Crafts

dot Seasonal events and festivals
Oni Matsuri, Hina Matsuri, Hanami, Ieyasu Gyouretsu, Hanabi
dot Parks & Recreation
dot Sports facilities
dot Shops and Restaurants
dot Practical info for everyday life
dot Glossary
dot Useful Phrases
dot Japanese Language Classes
dot Emergencies - Accident/Medical

Welcome to Okazaki:

Okazaki City is a balance of the new and old, historic and contemporary, rural and urban. Although a modern city with high tech industries, advanced manufacturing and prestigious research institutes, Okazaki City also has a long history and has preserved its traditions and character despite its proximity to Nagoya, and the rapid growth it has experienced during the past 20 years.

Okazaki Castle is the focus of the city, first built in 1455. Birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, seat of the feudal daimyo rulers of the Mikawa fief during the Edo period, the Okazaki Castle grounds are now known as Okazaki Park, and form the center stage for some of Okazaki's festivals such as the Ieyasu Gyoretsu (April), Wisteria Festival (May) and Fireworks Festival (August).

Okazaki was also a key post town on the old Tokaido highway, with many of sites of interest. Although these days the Tokaido has been replaced by expressways and railroads, with high tech manufacturing and advanced services the mainstay of the local economy, the traditional products of Okazaki such as Hatcho Miso (a famous and full flavored femented soybean paste), stoneworks, fireworks (Okazaki firms still dominate Japan's hanabi industry) and many local arts and crafts remain.

Okazaki covers 387 square kilometers, which includes large forested areas in the hills covering much of the east. Even in the spreading urban sections of the city, the population density is fairly low by Japanese standards, with many parks and outdoor recreation facilities, affordable housing and a laid back pace.

Maps

dot Okazaki Area Map A, Map B, Map C (all PDF files)
dot Town and suburb names
dot Digital map of entire city
dot Bus Network
dot Train Network

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