The City of Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

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The City of Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, is located in the middle of the Honshu Island, 300 kilometers west of Tokyo, 150 kilometers east of Kyoto and 30 kilometers east of Nagoya, bordering north on Totoya City, the home of Toyota Motor Corporation.

The Aichi Prefecture has two historical provinces: Owari in the west and Mikawa in the east where Okazaki is located. The eastern and northern parts of Okazaki are hilly districts at the very southern edge of the South Japan Alps and its western and southern areas extend to the Mikawa plain. The Yahagi river and the Oto river join together at the center of the city where they present a spectacular view. The busy traffic on the National Highway Route 1 and the Tomei Expressway run through the city. The Japan Railway System and Meitetsu Railway lines make people accessible to other parts of the country.

Okazaki was historically the home of the Matsudaira (later Tokugawa) clan which was known as Mikawa warriors, and the roots of Tokugawa Shogunate (1603 - 1868). Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder and the first Shogun, was born and grown up in Okazaki. After striving against a long-drawn civil war, he succeeded in establishing a Shogunate government in Edo (now Tokyo) and bringing Japan a peaceful period of over 250 years.

A balanced mixture of agriculture, industry and commerce is the characteristics of Okazaki and has made it one of the core cities in Mikawa area. It is also known for its specialties - traditional and modern: Miso (bean paste), stone carvings, fireworks, textiles as well as automobile and chemical industries.

Internationally, Okazaki is affiliated with two sister cities: Uddevalla in Sweden and Newport Beach, California, in the U.S. It also has friendship relations with Huhhot in China. Educational and cultural exchange programs and promotion of commercial business are carried out at the citizens' level.

We have been working energetically to create a "City of Lively People in the Beautiful Surroundings."

Statistical information

Population & Households (As of July 1st, 2019)

Population 388,117
Households 163,735

Friendship cities in other countries

Name of City Country National Flag Year
Uddevalla City Sweden 1968
Newport Beach City CA.,U.S.A 1984
Huhhot City People's Republic of China 1987