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***** Notice for the changes of the excursion ***************************
We regret to announce that the visit to the MU Radar site became impossible due to the closure of the road to the site caused by the typhoon on Sep.16, 2013. Accordingly, we changed the destination and schedule as follows. ***************************************************************

STEL SWIFT IPS system and Toyokawa Inari Tour

Date : November 23, 2013 (Saturday)

9:00 Leave hotel and move to Toyokawa Campus by bus

Visit to STEL SWIFT IPS system site

(Toyokawa Campus, Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya Univ.)


Toyokawa Inari

Lunce included


(Move by bus)

14:10-15:10 Okazaki Castle
15:20-15:50 Visit to Hatcho Miso Company
  (Move by bus)
17:00 Return to hotel


SWIFT (The Solar Wind Imaging Facility Telescope)


The Solar Wind Imaging Facility Telescope (SWIFT), located at the Toyokawa Observatory, Toyokawa, Japan, is a large-aperture radiotelescope dedicated for interplanetary scintillation measurements of the solar wind at 327 MHz. It is a unique instrument which allows determination of 3D structure of the solar wind and its evolution from ground-based observations.

Toyokawa Inari

Toyokawa Inari

Toyokawa Inari is a temple named Myogon-ji Temple of Soto-shu (of Zen Buddhism).
In a large site, you can see many Buddhist architectures and fox statues, origin of name Inari.
Toyokawa Inari was built about 600 years ago during Muromachi period. It is very popular and famous as the temple for wishing for Prosperous Business. Several million people per year come to pray to the temple.
There are many souvenir shops and restaurants along the path to the temple. Inari-zushi, famous local sushi, will be served for lunch of this excursion.

Okazaki Castle


The first Okazaki Castle was built at Myodaiji, Okazaki in the first half of the 15th century, Matsudaira Kiyoyasu moved it to the present site in 1531.
He is the grandfather of Tokugawa Iyeyasu, famous as SHOGUN. Tokugawa Iyeyasu was born here at Okazaki Castle in 1542.
Incidentally, the original castle was most likely to be a fort of the size of the current main citadel on a small plot of land.
However, expansion has been carried out many times by each lord of castle, and major part of castle has been completed just before the Edo Period.
The precincts surrounded with moats have been enlarged in 1592, and complex castle tower has been built in 1617.

For 3 centuries Okazaki Castle has been honored as the birthplace of the deified SHOGUN, Tokugawa Iyeyasu and cradle of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was guarded successively by the hereditary vassal daimyos who wielded enormous power. At the same time, Okazaki was valued as a strategic point along the Tokaido Road. During the Meiji Restoration, the feudal clans were abolished and Okazaki Castle was demolished, leaving only its moat and stone wall between 1873-1874.
But in 1959 the three-tiered, five-floor donjon, together with the annex and wellhouse, were masterfully reconstructed according to the original model.

Discovery Okazaki Park (Okazaki City official video)




Miso is the most popular seasoning in Japan. Each region in Japan is proud of its own type of miso.
Hatcho Miso is traditional local miso in central Japan Aichi Province, made by filling huge casks of cedar with nothing more than soybeans and salt using natural fermentation.

Hatcho Miso Company, Ltd. is famous as a very old-established company from Edo period. You can study and enjoy unique and traditional process for miso making here.
The company's largest KURA Storehouse, built in 1907, is now rebuilt as an archive. In addition to full-scale displays of traditional miso-making techniques, it also shows the tools, implements and other items passed down in the Hayakawa (the founder) family over the generations.

The building was registered as cultural property of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, together with its head office buildings.