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Odawara Castle History and Culture Walk

Western Area 16h45m

During the Siege of Odawara, the reason the Hojo clan was able to hold their own against Hideyoshi's 148,000 troops for three months was all due to the outer enclosure of the castle. The castle's 9-kilometer long circumference still retains traces of that period. The Hojo clans' fortifications are also said to have set an example for castle building in later periods. Earthworks, traces of moats... The Warring States period is alive right here.

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Odawara Literature Museum
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Odawara Literature Museum

Many writers had lived in Odawara. Odawara had been popular among writers since Meiji period, because of its mild weather. The museum exhibits writers' lives and works extensively in special exhibitions as well as permanent exhibitions.

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Odawara Castle Ruins Park

The historical landmarks, primarily the Honmaru square with castle tower are opened to visitors. This is the tourist attraction place, symbolizing Odawara city. It is well-known not only as a famous sakura spot, but also as an area where many events are held.

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Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine

This shrine was built to commemorate Ninomiya Sontoku who was born in Odawara and made all efforts to revitalize the villages everywhere. It is located near Odawara Castle, there are plenty of delicious restaurants and cafes. This is the shrine collecting all the things and events of that area.

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