"Odawara Gateway to Hakone" Odawara by taigaa001

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Odawara Hojo Godai Matsuri

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.

Odawara Castle

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.

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History

This prefectral museum of Natural History used to be in Yokohama as part of Prefectural Museum in Kannai area but it was moved to the outskirt of Odawara close to the border of Hakone-machi and opened as a Natural History Museum in 1995. The museum is really huge and well-organized. It is really like Kirk Johnson's science book "Prehistoric Journey" unfolded to the gallery space. The museum is a center of natural history and geology study for both children and adults for local residents.

  • Last visit to Odawara: May 2016
  • Intro Updated May 15, 2016
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