4 based on 98 reviews
We stumbled across Denpark by accident when trying to find a good playground for our children while visiting Nagoya. It's a bit out of Nagoya, being a 30-40min train ride from Nagoya station, followed by a 20min taxi ride. But still, we couldn't resist the idea of visiting a Danish-themed park while in Japan.
Denpark seems to be a collection of themed Gardens, interspersed with replica Danish buildings housing restaurants and shops. The Gardens were gorgeously landscaped and there was a large children's playground with a giant slide, wooden treehouses, play equipment and a small track with motorised cars. Our four-year-old had a ball and didn't want to leave. There was also a small train that wound its way around the park, but sadly, we didn't get a chance to ride on it.
Despite the Danish theme, there were very little Danish goods sold in the shops. However, there were some great European and British items for sale, in particular, toys. The Danish connection was most evident in a playroom filled with Lego and Duplo, which both children enjoyed tremendously. It gave our one-year-old a chance to stretch his legs while he played contentedly on the padded floor.
Denpark is a bit of quirky place, and probably not everyone's cup of tea. But if you're in the Aichi area and need somewhere for kids to run about and play, then Denpark might be worth a visit.
4 based on 95 reviews
Starting with their national cultural heritage building, our guide escorted us to the history of Kakukyu company chronically. Guided tour is only in Japanese. Guided tour begins with pre-registration every 30 minutes between 9:30 to 12:00 in the morning and 13:00 to 16:00 in the afternoon. In the museum part of building one can see not only miso making tools but also ancient Kimono which was wore when the owner brought freshly made miso to load in Okazaki castle. In the end of tour, we had 3 kinds of tasting; haccho-miso soup, Akadashi miso-soup and Konjac with haccho-miso sauce. This visit and tasting takes nearly an hour and it is free of charge. After the visit, we went to their restaurant where we could taste series of haccho-miso meal and Nagoya specialties.
4 based on 49 reviews
Visited here with my 2 boys, aged 8 and 3, and my niece aged 5. Great combination of free and paid activities in the park. Free activities include climbing frames, slides including a high and long roller slide, a dry slope for sledding (sleds are free to borrow), a splash play area, some kind of bouncing on what looks like a giant rubber cloud (lots of kids loved this), and pedal cars. The paid rides (all very reasonably priced) include a ferris wheel (not advisable in the summer heat), carousel, pedal monorail in the sky (my kids went on this several times - adults loved this too although we had to pedal), and mini train ride. You can easily spend 2 fun-filled hours here.
4.5 based on 45 reviews
We went to Kotsu Jido Yuen since its rating on Trip Advisor was good. It took from my location to there 35 minutes. But I was disappoimted. It was just a simple children park. If your home is near to this place, you can take your children to spend half of the day. You need to buy ticket for 500 Yen. 1 set includes 11 tickets and you can use it for all activities in the park.
There is a carpark area for free.
But I dont recommend for whom comes from long distances. Toyota city has a better chidren park with similar concept very near to Kuragaike park.
4 based on 267 reviews
Castle keeps don’t often contain the best Exhibitions within even though they mostly function as museums, because their main draw relies on spectacle, but Okazakijō is different. It has a glorious collection of models and artefacts. Unfortunately these collections are jealously guarded and pictures are prohibited within the museum. There is also a separate museum dedicated to the life and times of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the castle park. Period players perform martial arts shows in front of here and I talked with one such lady performer, performing as Komatsu-hime (the ladies always win so they’re worth cheering for). There is small traditional clock tower in the park. On the hour a karakuri (edo-era wooden robot) emerged and performed Noh theatre (pictured). I’d been wanting to see a Karakuri ningyō for a while and suddenly out of nowhere, to my immense delight, one appears from inside the clock in the castle park!
Okazakijō is where Tokugawa Ieyasu was born in 1542. He was called Matsudaira Motoyasu as a child and stayed at Okazakijō until he was 9, when he was handed over to the Imagawa clan as a hostage as part of a peace deal between Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa Sassai. Ieyasu lived in Sunpujō until he was 13, there upon he took his first wife (get in there, my son). He returned to Okazakijō and became lord of the castle aged 18. Ten years later he left to make his headquarters in Hamamatsujō, and left Nobuyasu, his eldest son, in charge of Okazakijō. Nobuyasu stayed there for at least 5 years and participated in the battle of Nagashino. But he fell from grace thereafter, and was exiled and eventually ordered to commit suicide in 1579 by his father at the behest of his father-in-law, Oda Nobunaga (well, you can’t choose your family).
Lords of Okazakijō throughout the Edo-jidai were humbly fiefed but enjoyed a great amount of political power. Okazakijō also had the strategic importance of being located along the Tōkaidō (East Sea Road). The castle was demolished in 1871 by the Meiji authorities, but the castle’s surroundings today form a large park with wall and moat segments remaining. The tenshu was reconstructed out of concrete in 1959.
4.5 based on 14 reviews
4 based on 69 reviews
Daijuji temple is one of the official Tokugawa Shogun family's temple. The one and only display of the IHAIs (Buddist mortuary tablet) of the 14 Shoguns who ruled Japan during the Edo period is awesome. Although there were 15 Shoguns, the last Shogun Yoshinobu insisted on Shinto burial, thus having no Ihai to display. Each ihai represents the physical height of the shogun. Quite interesting to see that Ieyasu (the first shogun) was relatively tall. Tsunayoshi (5th shogun) ihai is very short, coinsinding with the general belief that he was a frail man.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
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