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Odawara: Where The Samurai Spirit Is Still Very Much Alive

Warring clans, formidable fortresses and samurai warlords laying down their lives for their people – Odawara is a city that has seen it all. Today, you can experience the sense of adventure of the samurai without meeting a violent end by visiting Tokyo’s closest castle town. Situated between the Hakone mountains and the Pacific Ocean, visitors are drawn to Odawara for its impressive castle and fascinating history. Once there, expect to be won over by its attractive shopping streets, beautiful castle park and warm atmosphere.

Odawara’s famous Odawara Castle in summer. Photo: JNTO.

Odawara: Formerly a battle city, today a sightseeing paradise

As far back as the Kamakura era (1185–1333), Odawara was a local political center, thanks partly to its tactically advantageous location. A castle was built on the hill in mid-15th Century, and the city became an economic and cultural hub. During the Sengoku period (1467–1600), when Japan was almost constantly in a state of civil war, the castle surrendered to the notorious feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi after a three-month siege, despite its strong defenses. Remnants of this tumultuous military history can still be found across both the castle and the town today, which is part of what makes Odawara such an interesting day out.

Today, as, I recently came to learn, Odawara is a peaceful sightseeing paradise.

I was recently invited to take part in a day tour around the city organized by Ellista Local Tours, which offered a fun and informative tour of Odawara and gives you insights that you would simply not get on your own. The tour begins at Odawara station with some local street food. As a seaside town, Odawara takes pride in its seafood and so the ebi-age comes recommended.

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This Week(End): Tokyo Area Events For March 23-24

Liar Liar

Perfect Liars Club Tokyo: International Women’s Day Edition

Four people tell a story: three are completely true, but one person is telling a lie! Can you spot the liar? The month’s show is all about International Women’s Day and as you can guess, all storytellers this time are women — and they have stories to tell!! Listen, laugh, interrogate, vote.

Fri, Mar 22, 2019
8 P.M.-10:15 P.M.
Good Heavens Bar, 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
¥2,000-¥2,500 (reserved seats)
Recommended for: Friends, Storytellers, Good liars, Couples

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