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KANAGAWA AREA HIGHLIGHT

Kanagawa Prefecture

Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle Odawara Castle was the family residence of feudal lord Hojo. You can retrace the mighty steps of feudal lords in this elegant place which has come through the Edo age to the present day.
Take a step back in time with feudal costumes - at the Tokiwagi gate of the castle, you can hire (for a fee) samurai armour and kimono and have your photograph taken wearing the outfit, with the castle in the background. It will be a wonderful souvenir of your visit.

Tel 0465-23-1373


Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History This museum is recommended for people who enjoy nature. Inside the unique building are displays of fossils of dinosaurs and ammonites, and the 4.6 billion year history of the earth is explained from the viewpoints of "earth", "life", "Kanagawa" and "symbiosis".

Tel 0465-21-1515

Ishigakiyama Ichiyajo Historical Park

Ishigakiyama Ichiyajo Historical ParkThis is the site of the stone-wall (ishigaki) castle built by the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1590 to launch an attack on Odawara Castle, which is why the area came to be called Ishigakiyama. Hideyoshi's tactics were to cut down the surrounding trees and leaves during the night so that it looked like the castle, with walls covered with white paper, had been built all at once over one night (giving the castle its nickname “Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s One Night Castle”). You can get a bird's eye view of Odawara castle and town, the Ashigara plain, Sagami Bay, and over to Miura and Boso Peninsulas.

Odawara City Green Parks Division: Tel 0465-33-1583

Gyokuho-ji Temple and Five Hundred Disciples of Buddha

Gyokuho-ji Temple and Five Hundred Disciples of Buddha This temple was built by Iyonomori Haga, a subject of the Odawara Hojo family in 1534, and is known as the Gohyaku-Rakan(Five Hundred Disciple of Buddha), because it houses over 526 statues of the disciples of Buddha, ranging in size from 24cm to 60cm. It is quite a sight to see them packed into rows in the main hall.

Odawara City Tourist Division: Tel 0465-33-1521

Daiyuzan Saijo-ji Temple

Daiyuzan Saijo-ji Temple This temple of important statues lies in a quiet cedar grove. The assistant to the founder is said to have become an eternal caretaker in the form of a goblin. The legend is responsible for the numerous statues of goblins at the temple.

Tel 0465-74-3121

Soga Bairin Plum Orchard (Plum Blossom Festival)

Soga Bairin Plum Orchard (Plum Blossom Festival) This area is known nationwide for its plum production. Here you can find about 35,000 white plum blossom trees. Every February, the plum trees bloom, and the image of swathes of white blossom is like a painting with sacred Mt. Fuji and the mountains of Hakone in the background. Around this time, a plum blossom festival is held, and there are various events such as the local Odawara Lantern Dance, the Lucky Lion Dance and Horseback Archery. In addition, in Odawara Castle Park, there is poetry reading and an out-door tea ceremony.
Odawara City Tourist Association: Tel 0465-22-5002

Machikado (Street corner) museum

Machikado (Street corner) museum There is a production culture of many long-established local products, such as boiled fish paste, pickles, sweets, and salty squid, as well as wood mosaic. The Machikado Museum hopes to increase the charms of Odawara as more people come to know the goods, products and craftspeople of the area through viewing their creativity, chatting to customers and further adding experience.

Odawara City Industry Policy Division: Tel 0465-33-1511