Okazaki Castle

Today we headed to Higashi-Okazaki station after a lazy morning. First, we walked over to the castle.

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Of course, the first thing I noticed was the local manhole covers.

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Here is the river with the castle off to the right.

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Even the bridge had castle designs.

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On our way to the castle, we saw this cute wood carving detail at a shrine.

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The castle was in a pretty park.

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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.

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The shrine on the castle grounds was the “Dragon Castle Shrine” (Ryujo Jinja, I believe), and it had a variety of dragon themed items.

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A statue at the shrine.

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Ducks taking flight.

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Currently, it is plum blossom season. Here is a newly opened plum blossom.

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Look at the huge lantern I found!!

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A super close-up of moss.

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We stopped at a small restaurant in the park for a light lunch. We started with sake.

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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!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 00:41:59

    Love the castle…it’s beautiful!

    Reply

  2. Barbara Lange
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 00:52:55

    Plum blossoms this time of year? Lovely pictures!

    Reply

  3. Jen
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 10:52:11

    Plum blossoms and certain cherry blossoms start to bloom in January or February because they’re cold weather flowers.

    Reply

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