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[Odawara Castle]

Castle of the Hojo family, the samurai leaders of Kanto area

Odawara Castle was as an impregnable castle owned by the fifth daimyo of the Hojo clan, the samurai family that governed Kanto area for about a century from the end of 15th century. From the Edo period, the castle became a reserve for Hakone and Tokaido and functioned as a cornerstone of defense in the Kanto region. The current castle tower was rebuilt in 1960. This three-layered, four-story castle tower has a tsuke-yagura (connecting tower) and a watari-yagura (hall turrets) on the top. A full view of Sagami Bay can be observed from the top floor.The castle tower will be closed from July 2015 until the end of April 2016 for building work to improve earthquake resistance. The Rekishi Kenbunkan Museum and other facilities within the Castle Park will be open to visitors as usual.
Address 6-1, Jonai, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa
Phone +81-465-23-1373 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
* Closes at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays in June to August (Last admission at 5:30 p.m.)
Holidays Closes on the second Wednesday of December, and from December 31st to January 1st.
Admission Fee Castle Tower Only: Adults 410 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 150 yen
Castle Tower and History Museum: Adults 600 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 200 yen
Access Approx. 10-minute walk from the East exit of "Odawara Station", JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line.
URL http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/odawaracastle/
 
Photo credit Odawara Castle Tower

updated on Sep 25, 2015

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