Okazaki, Aichi

Okazaki (Japanese冈 崎 市, -shi ) is a city on the main Japanese island of Honshu and is located 30 km southeast of Nagoya.


The landscape of the city is characterized by densely populated residential and industrial areas in the north, west and south; there are textile, synthetic fiber and food industry as well as a car factory of Mitsubishi. In the north- east and east of the city area is wide hills, forest and Vorgebirgslandschaften stretch. Okazaki has a high density of temples and shrines, which usually are associated with the Tokugawa family, and during the Edo period (1603-1867) have been established.


2006 merged the city with the neighboring county Nukata. However, the name Okazaki remains.


Okazaki was an important castle town and station on the Tōkaidō from Edo ( Tōkyō ) to Kyoto during the Edo period. In the castle Okazaki is also Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, was born.

Festivals and Celebrations

  • February: Refractory the expulsion of the Oni when Takisan Temple (滝山 寺鬼 祭りTakisan oni -ji matsuri )
  • Late March / early April: cherry blossom viewing in Castle Park (冈 崎 公园Okazaki kōen )
  • 1st Sunday in April: Ieyasu - hard (家康 祭りIeyasu matsuri ), in honor of Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • 1st weekend of August: Okazaki Summer Festival (岡崎 観光 夏 祭りOkazaki Kanko natsu matsuri ) ( 3 days ) and a large fireworks (冈 崎 花火 大会Okazaki hanabi taikai ) with up to 30,000 rockets and tens of thousands of visitors on the banks of the river Otogawa ( 乙 川) in the vicinity of the castle.


In Okazaki, the headquarters of the National Institute for Molecular Science is (IMS ), which operates, among others, the electron storage ring UVSOR II.


  • Train: JR Tōkaidō Main Line, Okazaki station
  • Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line Train Station Higashi- Okazaki
  • Aichi KANJO railway line, Okazaki station
  • National Road 1
  • Tokyo - Nagoya Expressway, exit Okazaki
  • Central Japan International Airport

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), Rich unifier of Japan and founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate
  • Hashimoto Masujirō (1875-1944), mechanical engineer
  • Honda Tadakatsu (1548-1610), samurai and one of the four " heavenly generals " of Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Kimura Motoo Dr. (1924-1994), an evolutionary biologist, founder of the neutral theory of molecular evolution
  • Satoru Nakajima ( born 1953 ), Formula 1 racing driver
  • Kotomitsuki Keiji (* 1976), sumo wrestler
  • Daisuke Nakajima (* 1989), race car driver
  • Kazuki Nakajima ( born 1985 ), Formula 1 racing driver
  • Takahiro Sakurai ( born 1974 ), voice actor
  • Sugiura Seiken (* 1934), politician
  • Ryō Miyaichi (* 1992), football player

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Anjo
  • Gamagōri
  • Kota
  • Nishio
  • Otowa
  • Shinshiro
  • Toyokawa
  • Toyota ( Aichi )