Translated by UCHACA
"Odawara Castle" -You can Go there Very Easily from Tokyo!
Written by Marina Wada
After one hour and a half from Tokyo Station by Tokaido Line without any transferring, you can go to "Odawara Castle".
What's "Odawara Catsle"？
Odawara Castle was the family residence of feudal lord Hojo. After Hojo Soun conquered the area , he and his ancestors gradually expanded the castle as the Hojo clan gained power.
Odawara Castle faced three major attacks by Uesugi Kenshin in 1561, Takeda Shingen in 1569 and Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1590. The last siege by Toyotomi Hideoyoshi was the end of the Hojo clan's supremacy and the castle was turned over to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
However,in Edo era,this catsle was destroyed in an earthquake,so the castle needs to rebuilt by using a blueprint of those days.Therefore,the exterior of today's "Odawara Catsle" looks like its original appearance but the structure is of ferroconcrete.
There are many places to be worth seeing！
The place where you need to check out is not only a catsle tower,but also Tokiwagi Gate,Akagane Gate and Umadashi Gate.When you see these strong gates,you feel as if one had been transported through time to Civil War Era.
Moreover,you can enjoy cherry blossoms in April.
You can also be a warrior!
At Tokiwagi Gate in main field,you can borrow Kimono,Armor and Helmet.
Utility Time：10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.（You need to borrow by 3:30p.m.）
Utility Charge：Adult 300 yen,Child 200 yen
How about experiencing to wear warrior costumes and seeing "Odawara Catsle"?
Address: Odawara Castle,Odawara City,Kanagawa Pref.
Hours: 9:00a.m.～5:00p.m.（You can enter by 4:30p.m.）
*On Saturdays,Sundays and other holidays from June to August is opened by 6:00p.m.（You can enter by 5:30p.m.）
Holidays：On 2nd Wednesday in December,December 31 and January 1st.
Wi-Fi: No available
Credit Cards: No available
Language Support Level: Unknown
Nearest Station: Odawara Station
Access: Get off the train at Odawara Station and walk about 10
min.(Turn right at the East exit of Odawara Station and go straight along the Catsle Street)
Price Range: Catsle Tower-adult 410 yen, Child 150 yen
Religious Information: Unknown
Official HP: http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/odawaracastle/