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[Odawara Sakura Matsuri (Odawara Castle Ruins Park)]

The Sakura Matsuri envelops the whole town with the castle town mood

The Odawara Sakura Matsuri, which castle enthusiasts look forward to, is held when the 300 or so somei-yoshino trees start to bloom. You will see events and a procession of small children during the festival, and the whole town is enveloped in a castle town mood. First, look at the sakura along the moat, and then go over the vermilion Manabi Bridge, and aim for the castle tower. The splendid juxtaposition of the pretty sakura flowers that come into sight with the dignified castle tower is the number one highlight. The scenery at night changes to a chic style with the bombori lanterns lit. Meanwhile, the illuminated Honmaru Square offers a gorgeous atmosphere. People look forward to finding out what kind of scenery they will encounter on any given day, at any given time.
Viewing period End of March to beginning of April
Date End of March to beginning of April (When the cherry blossoms are in bloom)
Time Bombori lanterns are lit from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (everyday during the period)
Address 6-1 Jonai, Odawara City, Kanagawa
Phone Odawara City Tourism Association
+81-465-22-5002 (Japanese only)
Admission fee Free
Access Approx. 10-minute walk from "Odawara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
URL Odawara Sakura Matsuri (Odawara City Tourism Association)
* During the Odawara Sakura Matsuri, the bombori lanterns in Odawara Castle Ruins Park and the cherry blossoms in Honmaru Square are lit up at night.
* Depending on the weather and natural conditions etc., it may not be possible to see views like the ones in the photos / article. Viewing periods for flowers / autumn leaves and event schedules are subject to change.

updated on Mar 22, 2019

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