Okazaki (岡崎) is located midway between Nagoya and Toyohashi, in the center of Aichi prefecture. It has a long history, but is best known for being the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Okazaki Castle is the focus of the city, which was an important Tokaido post town and river port.

Get in

Okazaki has two primary train stations:

From Tokyo, the easiest method of reaching Okazaki by train is to take a shinkansen train to the transit hub in Nagoya, then backtrack over to Okazaki. It takes approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours to reach Okazaki; the approximate one-way cost is ¥11000.

Tokaido Main Line trains reach Okazaki from Nagoya in 30 minutes (¥ 600), and from Toyohashi in 20 minutes, (¥570) by shin-kaisoku train. Meitetsu trains reach Higashi-Okazaki from Nagoya in 40 minutes (¥650), and from Toyohashi in 25 minutes (¥540) by kyuko train. Faster Meitetsu "Myu" trains shorten the run with an added surcharge.

All of the above can be used with the Japan Rail Pass, except the Meitetsu and Aichi Loop Line trains.

Get around

There is an extensive bus network (Meitetsu and JR buses) that is difficult to use unless you can speak/read some Japanese. The central and southern parts of the city are fairly flat, and pretty ideal for exploring by bicycle.


Okazaki Castle
Daiju Temple
Takisan Temple
Iga Hachimangu


Okazaki has a wide variety of festivals that shouldn't be missed, including:



Hatchō miso (八丁味噌), a dark red fermented soybean paste favored by, among others, the Meiji Emperor, originates from Okazaki and is the most famous local delicacy.


There are many places to eat in Okazaki, such as:


Go next

Nagoya - The bright lights of Aichi's main city are only a short express train ride away.

Routes through Okazaki

Kyoto Nagoya ← Mikawa-Anjō  W  E  Hamamatsu Tokyo
Gifu Nagoya  W  E  Toyohashi Hamamatsu
Nagoya Toyota  W  E  Gamagori → Hamamatsu Tokyo

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