"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.

Children's Playground

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.

  • Last visit to Odawara: May 2013
  • Intro Updated Jun 1, 2013
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