Castles in Odawara

Odawara Castle

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Odawara CastleШаблон:Nihongo is a landmark in the city of Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was the stronghold of various daimyo during the Muromachi period of Japanese history. From 1495 onward, five generations of the Late Hōjō clan held the castle. Odawara Castle had very strong defenses, because it was situated on a hill, surrounded by moats with water on the low side, and dry ditches on the hill side, with banks, walls and cliffs located all around the castle, enabled the defenders to repel attacks by the great warriors Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen. However, Toyotomi Hideyoshi took the castle in 1590, and awarded the holdings of the Hōjō to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who in turn installed the Okubo clan at Odawara.

During the Edo period, Odawara's strategic location on the Tōkaidō, between mountainous Hakone and Sagami Bay, gave it great strategic importance. As the home to Odawara-juku, the castle controlled the Tōkaidō between the Tokugawa headquarters at Edo and the stations west of Hakone, including Sumpu, Hamamatsu and Nagoya.

Eventually, Odawara Castle was destroyed by Meiji government. However, present Odawara Castle was rebuilt in 1960. It serves as a museum and is designated as an important historical monument. Today, a reproduction of the castle stands high on a hill above Odawara.

See also

  • Siege of Odawara
  • Ninomiya Sontoku
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Michael Q Todd
16 March 2014
You can walk right to the top of the castle and get a feel for how the people lived here
Yoriko Todd
16 March 2014
The 2 museums here are really cool. Both inside the castle and outside. Leave at least 90 minutes for your visit
Konrad Stefanowicz
5 June 2013
Close to train station. Ideal break in travel to Fuji or Tokyo
maco koba
13 August 2014
北条五代の知恵の結晶。小田原城下を含めて周囲9kmを囲った総構となっている。上杉謙信や武田信玄も攻めたが落とせなかった。三代目の北条氏康が有能だったのもあるだろうが。近くに豊臣秀吉が小田原城攻めの一環として築いた石垣山城趾があるので、併せて観光するのがオススメ。五月のGW期に大規模な祭りが行われる。
木 ????
16 December 2014
小田原城址公園。中に入るには410円掛かります。以前あった動物園はもうほぼ無くなってしまい、お猿さんが数匹いるのみだそうです。25年ぶりに行きました。
ジンジン????????
23 June 2015
小田原城の天守閣は耐震改修工事の為に、2015年7月1日から2016年4月下旬まで休館となります。その他城址公園は通常どおり営業との事です。
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0.1km from Japan, Kanagawa Prefecture, Odawara, Jonai, 6−1

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