Daijuji Temple
Daijuji is one of the major historical sites of Okazaki. Founded in 1475 the temple contains many items of cultural significance and is high on the list of cultural attractions of the city. Daijuji Temple is most famous in Japanese history by its connection with Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616).

One of the important sights on the temple grounds is the "Taho Tower". This tower was built by Ieyasu's grandfather in 1525. It consists of two different structures, one square, one circular, and is considered one of the most beautiful pagodas in the region.

Another interesting sight at the temple is the screen painting by noted artist Reizei Tamechika (also called Okada Takechika, 1823-1864). Tamechika studied the ancient art of Yamato-e, a style of Japanese painting as well as Buddhist-influenced art. This type of art was important during the 12th and early 13th centuries in Japan and was inspired by Chinese T'ang paintings. (top)

A sight most people would also find interesting is the hall where the "ihai" are displayed. These are memorial tablets of the generations of Tokugawa shoguns. Note the size of each tablet. The size corresponds to the height of the shogun in real life. Ieyasu's tablet is here, as well as that of another very famous shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684-1751). Yoshimune was the eighth shogun in the Tokugawa dynasty and one of Japan's greatest rulers, introducing many important reforms to the government.
Tokugawa Iemitsu also built the impressive Sanmon Gate and the Bell tower in 1641.

How to get there:
Meitetsu Daijuji bus. 8 min. walk from the Daijuji bus stop (tel. 21-3917). 10 minutes by car or taxi from Higashi Okazaki train station along route 248. About 25min by bicycle from Higashi Okazaki station north along Route 248. At the crossroads with the 5m gorilla on the roof (impossible to miss) turn right. It's indicated.