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History and Health - Learn in Odawara and relax in the foothills of Hakone.

Western Area 4h

Odawara, just a stone's throw from Tokyo, is a castle city with an remaining castle tower. The city is famous for traditional Kamaboko fish cake, which is made from fresh fish caught straight from Sagami bay. You can enjoy Kamaboko making and learn about Japanese history inside the Odawara castle. If you take the short trip into the grand nature of Hakone you can enjoy organic food and theraputic walks through the forest.

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Suzuhiro Kamaboko (steamed fish paste) Museum

Interactive exhibition facility where you can learn about Kamaboko history, mystery, materials and its nutrition while having fun. You can see Kamaboko masters making kamabokos through the glass (closed on Wednesdays). There are kamaboko and chikuwa making workshops (reservation needed). Teachers are actual kamaboko/chikuwa masters. Kamaboko is suitable for souvenirs, and fresh-baked chikuwa is...

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Odawara Castle

This is a symbol of the Odawara family that was rebuilt in 1960. After the main castle underwent major reconstructions, dubbed the Great Heisei Restoration, there are now graphics introducing the castle, a theater exhibition and interactive exhibits that allow visitors to try on armor in the castle grounds. Rental costumes of samurai, princesses, ninjas, as well as an amusement park are also av...

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me-byo valley BIOTOPIA

To relax yourself, try meditating in a bamboo forest. The aromatic gardens will heal you. You can have a wonderful walk along Gingko trees on the street. At the farmers' market, you can buy special local products. In restaurants, you can choose favorite dishes made from local fresh food.

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