"Odawara Gateway to Hakone" Odawara by taigaa001
Odawara Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 80 photos
When you are looking for some place with castle ruins with a donjon, Odawara castle in Odawara only about 90 minutes Odakyu Train ride away from Shinjuku is often recommended. When I went to the castle about 20 years ago it is just a huge park with a donjon. But recently, more gates are reconstructed and it is more fitting place to learn about what a Japanese castle is. When I went to the park on May 3, 2013, the park was full of visitors to enjoy Hojo Godai Matsuri featuring the parade of people wearing costumes of samurai warriors and ladies and princesses. There are also events on ninja performances.
The photo is taken from the gallery inside the Tokiwagi Gate of Odawara Castle. Tokiwagi gate is the gate defending the Honmaru area of the castle where the main keep(donjon) is located. You need to pay entrance fee to see this view but it is worth it.
Odawara Castle Park has a children's playground for little children. A toy train line is the most popular attraction of the kiddie park. The park also keeps Japanese Marque as the remainer of a zoo.
From the donjon of Odawara Castle you can identify at least three Tanzawa Mountains peaks which are also part of TANZAWA... more travel advice
Odawara Castle Tip: This red bridge is currently the main entrance of Odawara Castle Park. It was built however, in 1929... more travel advice
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