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Odawara Castle

Odawara CastleOdawara 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 use.
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.

How to get to here

  1. Get off at Odawara station.
    From Tokyo, about 35 minutes by Shinkansen (all "Kodama" and some "Hikari"), about 1 hour and 15-25 minutes by JR Tokaido Line.
    From Yokohama, about 50-60 minutes by JR Tokaido Line.
    From Shinjuku, about 1 hour and 10-15 minutes by limited express of Odakyu Line.
  2. About 10 minutes walk from Odawara station.

The Odawara castle tower
Doumon gate of Odawara castle
A moat of Odawara castle in spring

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