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A tour of Okazaki City, the beloved hometown of Japan’s unifier and Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa!
Taste Hatcho Miso, fermented soybean paste, which is a traditional ingredient produced in Okazaki City for over 600 years, and dishes using Hatcho Miso. Discover the secret origins of Ieyasu Tokugawa, who once unified and ruled the country.
15,000 yen/person (reservation from 2-6 people)
10:00 – 16:00 (6 hours)
English, Spanish, German, Japanese
English: Fluent ★★★★
Spanish: Native ★★★★★
German: Native ★★★★★
Japanese: Fluent ★★★★
The city of Okazaki, in the south of Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, is famous for two things: Ieyasu Tokugawa, the unifier of Japan and first Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for 260 years and Hatcho Miso, a fermented soybean paste used as an ingredient in many local dishes.
During this tour, you will be introduced to both: history and food, and learn how the two are connected.
Meet your guide at Nagoya Station, from there you will together ride the train for 40 minutes to Higashiokazaki Station.
Governing the country for over two centuries was the Tokugawa Shogunate, the final feudal military government boasting the longest political control in the nation’s history. The Shogunate was ruled by its founder and first Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, born in Okazaki Castle.
The castle is now a proud symbol of the history and culture of Okazaki City, treasured by its citizens as a historical museum. It is surrounded by a beautiful park that is especially popular during the cherry blossom season in March and April.
Next stop is the Mikawa Warriors & Ieyasu Museum. This historical museum provides tourists with a background of the 75 years ruled under Tokugawa Ieyasu, the history of his family, and feudal Samurai warriors, specifically introducing the history of the Mikawa area in a way for all to easily enjoy and understand.
Visitors can enjoy photographing themselves dressed up in feudal armor.
Try the popular Miso Katsu, a pork cutlet with a unique Miso-based sauce, a local specialty for lunch.
After your first taste of Hatcho Miso during lunch it’s time to learn more about the production process of Miso. And there is no better place than the birthplace of Hatcho Miso, Okazaki.
During the warehouse tour you will experience Miso with all senses, and afterward, don’t miss your chance to try the special Miso soft-serve ice cream. Don’t worry, we already have tasted it, and it’s better than it sounds.
In the late afternoon it will already be time to say goodbye to Okazaki. Take the train back to Nagoya and say farewell to your guide.
We are the co-founders of Nagoya is not boring. We look forward to guiding you around our adoptive home Nagoya and its off-beat surroundings.
Lena is from Germany and she especially loves exploring food and food culture in Japan. Her favorite food is Hitsumabushi, Nagoya’s version of grilled eel on rice.
Elly, from the resort island of Mallorca in Spain, loves all things Japanese culture including traditional dance, tea ceremony, and flower arrangement.