Today we headed to Higashi-Okazaki station after a lazy morning. First, we walked over to the castle.
Of course, the first thing I noticed was the local manhole covers.
Here is the river with the castle off to the right.
Even the bridge had castle designs.
On our way to the castle, we saw this cute wood carving detail at a shrine.
The castle was in a pretty park.
Here is the castle, which is a replica dating from the 1950s. You could not take any pictures inside, but the inside was really just a museum holding samurai artifacts.
The shrine on the castle grounds was the “Dragon Castle Shrine” (Ryujo Jinja, I believe), and it had a variety of dragon themed items.
A statue at the shrine.
Ducks taking flight.
Currently, it is plum blossom season. Here is a newly opened plum blossom.
Look at the huge lantern I found!!
A super close-up of moss.
We stopped at a small restaurant in the park for a light lunch. We started with sake.
Okazaki is famous for its tofu and miso. Two great tastes that taste great together.
My next post will be about our visit to Takisanji to see Oni Matsuri!