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Pay an official visit to Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine and enjoy a cookie smorgasbord

Western Area 5h45m

After hearing an official explanation on Shintoism designed for foreigners, you’ll have the opportunity to officially pay homage to the shrine that you can’t get elsewhere. You’ll be touched by the nature of Yugawara and visit the newly-famous Sweets Factory.

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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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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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Kumano Shrine, Manyo Park

Kumano Shrine enshrines a god of hot water, and hot water runs down the purification trough. There are 'Yukake-matsuri' on the fourth Saturday of May, and regularly held festival takes place at the same weekends. At the Manyo Park located at the center of spa town, there are so many Manyo plants (plants cited in the Manyoshu). There are also Manyo-tei modelled after ancient architecture of Many...

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TIVOLI Sweets Factory

TIVOLI is confection maker which opened in November 2017 that produces assorted cookies and boasts the top share in the domestic market. This is their only facility for factory tours and direct retail. The theme is “sweet factory for the five senses.” From the second floor, visitors can observe the staff working and the robots moving nimbly as the sweets are produced. They also offer opportunit...

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Ippukudo

This is an old gift shop right in front of Yugawara Station. Many of Yugawara’s tasty offerings have been carefully assembled here. Their most popular product is homemade onsen manju, steamed fresh daily. On the second floor is Ippukuan, which boasts much of the famed cuisine of the Yugawara area including locally caught fish dishes, udon, and soba. Everyone is welcome to drop by.

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