There are many historical and other interesting sites in Okazaki. If your time is limited, a visit to some of the major attractions such as the castle, temples such as Hozoji and Daijuji, shrines such as Rokusho Jinja and Iga Hachimangu, and the Hatcho Miso “factory” would give you a good idea of the richness of Okazaki’s heritage. History isn’t everything of course, enjoy the festivals, arts and crafts, the bustling shopping centers and the many bars and good restaurants. So while you study Japanese, you might as well see the major sightseeing spots:
Daijuji Temple, Hatcho-Miso Factory, Hozoji Temple, Iga Hachimangu Shrine, Myogenji Temple, Okazaki Castle, Okutono Jinya, Otogawa Yana, Rokusho Jinja Shrine, Shinpukuji Temple, Takisanji and Takisan Toshogu, Tenonji Temple, Tokaido Fujikawa, Traditional Arts and Crafts,
Okazaki City does have a tourist information office (part of the City Hall complex), and they have copies of almost every brochure, book, pamphlet or map produced that you may find useful. For the most part, tourism promotion in Okazaki City is primarily focused on the major festivals and as a result caters to a largely domestic and regional market. However this is starting to change, and there are some useful illustrated guide maps and other materials available.
The office is also useful for confirming the dates and locations of some of the smaller local festivals and cultural events, many of which are not usually published in the official “Okazaki” magazine (published monthly by the City Hall in Japanese only) or the sometimes excellent newsletter called Okazaki News (published fortnightly in Japanese and English by volunteers.
Another useful source of information is the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (located across the road from the AEON shopping complex). While the chamber does not operate a tourist information office per se, the staff are exceedingly helpful and it is the best place to go to if you wish to contact and observe the brilliant craftsmen who are preserving so many of the city’s traditions – for example if you wanted to see bamboo arrows being handmade etc. Most of the people involved in the arts and craft industries belong to organized groups with close links to the chamber, and the chamber itself is a little more pro-active in promoting tourism than the public sector offices.