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.
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 Although these days the Tokaido has been replaced
by expressways and railroads, with high tech manufacturing and advanced services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, stoneworks, fireworks and many local arts and crafts remain.
Okazaki covers 227 square kilometers. 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.