|There are many historical and other interesting sites in Okazaki. If your time
is limited, a visit to some of the major attractions such as the castle, temples such as Hozoji and Daijuji,
shrines such as Rokusho Jinja and Iga Hachimangu, and the Hatcho Miso "factory" would give you a good idea of the richness of Okazaki's heritage.
History isn't everything of course, enjoy the events,
Arts and Craft, the bustling shopping
centers and the many Bars and Restaurants.
Okazaki city does have a tourist information office. Unfortunately (as of 2004) it is well hidden on an upper floor on the Fukushi Kaikan building across the road from the City Hall. As a general rule the staff do not speak any foreign languages, but they have copies of almost every brochure, book, pamphlet or map produced that you may find useful. For the most part, tourism promotion in Okazaki is focussed on the major festivals and as a result caters to a largely domestic and regional market, however this is starting to change, and there some useful illustration guide maps and other materials available.
The office is also useful for confirming the dates and locations of some of the smaller local festivals and cultural events, many of which are not usually published in the official "Okazaki" magazine (published monthly by the City Hall in Japanese only) or the sometimes excellent newsletter called Okazaki News (published fortnightly in Japanese and English by the volunteers of the Okazaki International Association. It is possible to pick up free copies of Okazaki News at a number of shops in town or have them mailed to you by subscription. The contact details are on the OIA homepage.
Another useful source of information is the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (located across the road from the AEON shopping complex). While the chamber does not operate a tourist information office per se, the staff are exceedingly helpful and it is the best place to go to if you wish to contact and observe the brilliant craftsmen who are preserving so many of the city's traditions - for example if you wanted to see bamboo arrows being handmade etc. Most of the people involved in arts and crafts belong to organized groups with close links to the chamber, and the chamber itself is a little more pro-active in promoting tourism than the public sector offices.