The Odawara-jo Castle is a popular tourist attraction of Odawara-shi. The castle tower is reopened in 2016 and attracts attention more. The Odawara ruined castle park of the inside of the castle is a place which there are tourist facilities, such as an art museum, a zoo, an amusement park, and both adults and children can enjoy. Many castle enthusiasts gather from all over Japan to the Odawara-jo castle, which the end of the history of the Age of Civil Wars can be felt also in the present age.
The origin of the Odawara-jo Castle is not certain. According to record, Mr. Omori who is a general of Suruga is said to have governed this castle in the late Muromachi period. This castle appeared on the center stage of history because Soun Hojo deprived Omori of Odawara Castle to the Age of Civil Wars.
It is said that the scale of the fortress of Odawara Castle was the maximum of Japan. Odawara Castle fixed and extended as the Odawara Hojo family’s base was the fortress that time is taken in capture even by Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
The Odawara-jo Castle became deserted castle in 1870, and almost all buildings were sold off and disassembled. The castle tower was rebuilt in 1960. The ruins of the castle are specified as the historic relics of Japan now.
The cherry tree of the Odawara ruins castle park is chosen as one of the 100 elections of the Japanese Sakura famous places. Against the background of the castle tower, approximately 320 Somei Yoshino trees blooms in the ruins of the castle public garden, and the scene is an unparalleled view. Flowering time of the average year is from the end of March to the beginning of April.
|Address:||Jonai 6-1 Odawara, Kanagawa 250-0014 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tokaido-honsen Line “Odawara-eki” station (10 minutes walk)|
|Price:||500 yen (Adult)
200 yen (High school students, Junior high school students)