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    Fujikawa-shuku: Overview

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 3, 2013
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    Fujikawa-shuku is the thirty-seventh post station of Old Tokaido Road, located in the eastern edge of Okazaki city. Fujikawa also has a nice lows of black pine trees spanning about half the kilometer. The post station has best been remembered by Hiroshige's woodblock print showing the wooden signpost called "bohana" at the eastern end of the post station area. Currently some old houses remain and there is a nice traditional doll shop and small historical museum at the site of former Waki-Honjin.

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    Aou Ningyo: Japanese Doll Shop at Fujikawa-shuku

    by taigaa001 Updated Dec 8, 2012
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    Fujikawa area in Okazaki is the historical town which used to be the thirty-seventh post station of Old Tokaido Road. Aou Ningyo is a Japanese doll shop with impressive castle-like building producing traditional Japanese dolls for Girl's festival or Hinamatsuri in March or April or Boy's Festival or Tango-no-Sekku in May or June. The shop also sells beautiful Ornamental Hagoitas for souvenirs. Hagoitas are a bit expensive ranging from 15,000 to 60,000 yen. The shop also carries traditional styled pouches about 500 to 1000 yen in price. You may not find what you are looking for but at least the dolls feast your eyes.

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    Higashi Park

    by taigaa001 Updated Nov 28, 2012

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    The park which is popular for autumn foliage also has a free-of-charge zoo. It has 26.4 ha in area. The western part has nice garden with ponds while the eastern part of the park is designed to enjoy the walk in the woods. Currently #1 destination of Okazaki according to Tripadvisor.
    Higashi Park is also a start of Doune Okan hike, old highway with historical sites and beautiful scenic spots. The park also has some monuments for Japanese writers. It sure is a fitting place for a drama location.

    *Higashi Park is one of the most popular autumn leave viewing sites in Aichi Prefecture. During autumn leave season lightup of the park starts from 5 p.m.

    Best autumn leaves season: late November to early December.

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    Okazaki Castle & Park: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Nov 30, 2011
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    When you are not sure where to go in Okazaki, first off get to the Okazaki park that has a lot of eye-catching things to see including a castle keep, Karakuri(automaton) clock tower, Otemon Gate, stonewall structures, moats, Noh theater and so on. Castle Keep was reconstructured in 1959 and the gate in 1993. The view from the top of the castle keep is great but high-rising buildings are blocking the views in some parts. You can borrow a state-of-the-art audio device in four languages at Iyeyasu and Mikawa Warrior Museum.

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    Rokusho Shrine

    by taigaa001 Updated Nov 28, 2011

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    The shrine with four Important Cultural Asset Buildings was originally built by Iyeyasu Tokugawa in 1602 and renovated by Iyemitsu, the third shogun and Iyetsuna, the fourth shogun is one of the popular new-year-visit places for Okazaki residents. It is also known as the shrine to pray for easy delivery of a new-born baby and for Shichi-Go-San, traditional Japanese ceremony usually cerebrated during mid November for the happiness of three and five year old sons and three and seven year old daughters. When I went to the shrine on November 27, there are huge number of visitors accompanying beautifully clad children. It seems parents also want to see the autumn leaves which began in the precinct of the shrine.

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    OKAZAKI CASTLE

    by cheesecake17 Updated Oct 8, 2005

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    Okazaki castle was well worth the visit because of all the history that surround it...I found difficult to photograph the castle becasue of its position........Spring will be nice to take pictures becasue of the cherry trees.....around the castle and the park..

    THE HISTORY OF THE CASTLE

    Tradition has it that the 1st OKAZAKI CASTLE was constructed at the present site in SUGO, OKAZAKI around 1455 by the SAIGO family...

    In the 1st half on the 16th century, the SAIGO family yielded possession of OKAZAKI CASTLE to MATSUDAIRA KIYOYASU, the 17th lord of the Matsudaira family(and the grandfather of IYEYASU)..that had risen into power in northern MIKAWA...

    The prevailing belief based on recent research work, however, is that the 1st half of the 15th century, and that MATSUDAIRA KIYOYAU moved it over to the present site in 1531..

    Incidentally, the original castle was most probably a fort of the main citadel today, on a small plot of land..

    In 1590, TANAKA YOSHIMASA, then lord of the castle, enlarged the precincts surrounded with moats and LORD HONDA YASUNORI built a complex castle tower well worthy of the name...

    For 3 centuries, OKAZAKI CASTLE, honored as the birthplace of the deified Iyeyasu and cradle of the TOKUGAWA Shogunate, was guarded successively by the hereditary vassal daimyos..

    At the same time OKAZAKI was valued as a strategic point along the TOKAIDO HIGHWAY...

    In the MEIJI RESTORATION PERIOD, the feudal clans were abolished and in 1873-1874 ,OKAZAKI castle was demolished, leaving only its moat adn stone wall..

    In 1959, the triple-roofed , 5 story donjon, together with the annex and wellhouse , were reconstructed according to the original model..

    OPEN..9am to 5pm
    CLOSE....dec...29-jan...1
    FEE....Okazaki castle.......adult...200 yen............child ..100 yen
    Mikawa museum...adult..350yen..............child..200yen
    Museum and Castle...adult..500.yen..............child 270 yen

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  • Okazaki Castle/Okazaki Park

    by Kumagai Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Famous for the birth place of Iyeyasu Tokugawa. The Castle was rebuilt recent age. Great view with cherry blossom in early April. It's free to walk in the park, but some small admission fee required to enter the Castle.

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