Okazaki is the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, and a historic inn town along the famous Tokaido Road. Okazaki Park includes the tower of Okazaki Castle and is dotted with historic sites related to Ieyasu. The cherry blossoms and Japanese wisteria along the Oto River are beautiful in spring. Drawing the most attention these days is the “Great Iyeasu Kou Aoi Bushoutai” warlords in their armor strutting around the park to entertain tourists. Posing with them is a great photo opportunity and watch them perform twice a day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. http://aoibushoutai.com
Daiju-ji Temple is well-known as a family temple of the Tokugawa family. It has mausoleums for eight generations of Iyeyasu ancestors and enshrines life-size tablets of the shoguns from Ieyasu to the 14th and last Tokugawa shogun. Okazaki Castle can be seen from San-mon gate of the temple. Haccho Village is about 870 meters (haccho in Japanese) away from Okazaki Castle. Miso made in the village is called haccho miso. Two of the original makers are still there and produce the miso in a traditional way. The narrow streets lined with miso storehouses create an old-time atmosphere. At Haccho Miso no Sato, a facility of miso producer Kakukyu, the process of making miso can be observed (in Japanese only). Dishes using haccho miso, such as miso dengaku, miso katsu, and miso nikomi udon, are a must-eat in Okazaki.