Odawara city is located southwest part of
Kanagawa Prefecture, and is the main gateway town to Hakone.
And Odawara Castle is located about 0.5 km south of Odawara station.
It is said that the castle was built in the early 15th century.
In 1495, Soun Hojo, a strong lord, occupied this castle, then his sons had enlarged the scale of it.
In the late 16th century, this had become the largest castle in Japan.
After the beginning of Edo government (1603), Ieyasu Tokugawa, the
first Shogun, contracted the scale of this castle.
But he thought that this castle was important as the strategic point to defend Edo against the attack from west, so this castle had been maintained for following more than 250 years.
In 1870, it had been destroyed by Meiji govenment because it had had no
Since the late 20th century, this site has been restored as a historic place.
In 1960 the castle tower was restored. After that some structures have been restored.
Now here is the most popular spots in Odawara.
In spring, the cherry blossoms in this site are beautiful.