History nurtured by nature's bounty
The Mikawa region has been protected by nature and also has been the site of many historical events.
The doorway of history invites people to meet heroes who once reached the top. This city brings about such scenes.
Renowned as one of the finest castles in the Tokai region, it was the home of the Matsudaira clan and Mikawa warriors. Okazaki Park is popular as a cherry blossom viewing spot.
15 minute walk from Higashi-Okazaki station
At Henjoin, the first pilgrimage site of Mikawa Sanko, one of three self-portrait statues carved by Kobo Daishi (Kukai), the "Mikaeri (Looking-back) Kobo Daishi" statue (principal image of him) is enshrined. On the 21st of each month (Chinese calendar year), many visitors come to worship his death anniversary.
20 minute walk from Chiryu station
Yatsuhashi Iris Garden (Muryoji)
Renowned spot known for Japanese irises as illustrated in "The Tales of Ise". Ariwara no Narihira, a Japanese waka poet from the Heian era included the 5 Japanese characters for the word "iris" at the beginning of one his famous poems. An iris festival is held every year from April 27 to May 26.
5 minute walk from Mikawa Yatsuhashi station
Goyu Pine Trees
On each side of the old Tokaido, a pine tree colonnade of roughly 350 trees continues for 600 meters. The colonnade was planted by the orders of Ieyasu Tokugawa. This is the location where Yaji and Kita turn into a fox in "Tokaidochu Hizakurige".
10 minute walk from Goyu station
Roughly 4,000 maple trees are colorfully lined up along the Tomoe River. You can enjoy carp, sweetfish (Japanese ayu) and other seafood here.
70 minute bus ride from Higashi-Okazaki station to "Korankei"
45 minute bus ride from Toyotashi station to "Korankei"
Hatcho Miso No Sato
"Hatcho miso no sato/Museum" which differs from traditional miso is recognized as a cultural property of Japan. At the museum, material related to the process of making miso and Imperial Household Agency are on display.
5 minute walk from Okazakikoen-mae station
One of Japan's largest inari shrines. Over the course of a year, a few million visitors come to pray for business prosperity. The shrine is extensive and the main hall is built with keyaki wood. There are other attractions such as the Tsukiyama-sensui garden built during the Edo era.
5 minute walk from Toyokawa-Inari station