Odawara is a place blessed with nature including the sea, mountains, and rivers !
Located in western Kanagawa Prefecture, Odawara is about 35 minutes by Shinkansen from nearby Tokyo, and serves as role as the gateway to Mount Fuji, Hakone, and Izu,
Based on its rich natural environment and temperate climate, it prospered as a castle town where various forms of traditional culture thrived from the days of old, as evidenced by its many historical sites and local products.
Visit Odawara to get to know the city, its people, and its artisanship through its history, culture, noted local specialties, nature, and hands-on experiences.
The castle’s predecessor was a castle built on a hill by the Omori clan in the Muromachi era(1338-1573), and after becoming the seat of Odawara Hojo clan in the warring States period, it was expanded as a base from which to control the Kanto region. The castle tower is a 1960 reproduction of its appearance at the end of the Edo era. The three-tiered, four-story keep is equipped with attached and connecting gallery turrets and suits of armor, swords, and old documents and other historical materials are on exhibit inside. The uppermost floor overlooks Sagami Bay and the city.
Hours: 9.a.m to 5.p.m
Admission: Adults,￥500;elementary and junior high school students,￥200
Closed: Second Wednesday in December and December 31
Parking: Odawara Castle Park is, there is no general parking lot. Please use the peripheral of Paid parking is available
Tourist bus people with disabilities vehicles and motorcycle parking, there is a paid parking in the Castle Park.
Wearing armor and kimono, transformed into a warrior, princess and Ninja! !
To back the Odawara Castle, let's copy a piece of the memorial in the armor, uchikake and Ninja costume.
Please use Leave a loan of armor, uchikake and Ninja costume.
Loan location: Odawara Castle Park Honmaru Square Tokiwagi Gate 1 floor
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (costume rentals until 4:30 p.m.)
usage fee: Adults,￥500;elementary and junior high school students,￥300
closed: December 31 to January 1st (New Year)
Horse mackerel, sardines, and other fresh seafood brought in daily from Sagami Bay can be bought for reasonable prices at the port’s Saturday morning market, with tips on how it should be eaten, too. There are numerous eateries popular for the freshness of their fare in the area where you can eat your fill of seafood. The views of the lighthouse modeled after an Odawara lantern on the jetty and Odawara Blue Way Bridge spanning the harbor with the sea in the background are also appealing.
Port’s morning market
When: Second and fourth Saturday of the month
Freshly caught fish: 9 a.m. until sold out (fourth week only)
Dried fish and kamaboko: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Odawara don (rice bowl with toppings)
25shops around the city (as of June 2018)
Try local food when you get hungry!
The site of the castle that served as Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s headquarters when he laid siege to Odawara in 1590 is now a historical park. Parts of the stacked atone walls, consisting of simple attacks of unaltered stones, which bring back memories of ancient times, and the area in which the well was located remain. The site overlooks Odawara Castle and also Boso Peninsula, as well as Tokyo Skytree if conditions are right.
Access: 50 minute walk from JR Hayakawa Station or a 60 minute walk from Hakone Tozan Line Iriuda Station.
There are Free Wi-Fi in Odawara Castle, Tokiwagi Gate (Armor dressing experience), and Ishigakiyama Ichiyajo. With half a day you can go to all places.
Armor dressing experience
Odawara fishing port