#3839

Odawara Castle

Nobility, castles, vast open farm lands, Shōguns, and warring samurai mounted on horseback are what you would have seen if you were to travel to Edo, or Tokyo, back in the fifteenth century. If you have come to Japan to try and get a little glimpse or feel for that era in time, or if you just have a keen interest in Japanese history and architecture, then you should make your way to Odawara Castle. Odawara Castle is one of the best kept examples of this aspect of the Japanese culture in the Tokyo vicinity.

Just about an hour and a half south of Tokyo by train, travel to Odawara city and exit the Odawara Station off of the Tokaido Line. When you exit the train station, it is just about a ten minute walk to this magnificent time capsule of long-ago. When the Meiji Government took control in the 1860’s, they ordered old reminisce of the past governing bodies, aka castles and its fortifications, to be destroyed.

The ‘donjon’ or ‘tenshu’ is the main center tower of the castle. This was also usually the most ornate and defining aspect of the castle, and was the most fortified. Fortunately for the Odawara Castle, its tenshu was preserved by being turned into a Shinto Shrine. In the early 1900’s this castle was turned into a National Historic Site, and much restoration to get it back to its previous luster was taken. Today the Castle it complete with floors of museums and artifacts of the past.

I remember as a child my aunt taking me here for the first time, and I remember how amazed I was to see the size, and beauty of this place. There is something about this castle and its surrounding land’s energy that will make you truly contemplative. Maybe it is all the wars that took place here, all the life lost, all the lives lived, or the majestic land itself. Whatever it is, once you get here, you will know...

Alex image

Alex

United States

Alex's other advice

In Home Hydrotherapy images

In Home Hydrotherapy

Japan boasts a myriad of pristine beaches, picturesque lakes and waterfalls, and serine onsens like none other. Spending time in these waters can be very therapeutic for your body and your mind alike…

Molecular Gastronomy at Mandarin Oriental images

Molecular Gastronomy at Mandarin Oriental

For those who have never been to Japan before, when someone mentions the island nation, many preconceived perceptions may come to mind. Stories of a land that is technologically advanced and driven f…

Kanda River Show images

Kanda River Show

If you happen to be in the Tokyo area during the evening time, be sure to take a stroll down to the Kanda River for an exquisite show of nature. Bats which inhabit the banks of the river can be seen …

Hakone & Lake Ashi images

Hakone & Lake Ashi

If you are in search of that idyllic movie setting lakeside outing, then you have stumbled upon the right guiding information here. Look no further than a visit to the city of Hakone, which lies in t…

High End Tempura Dining images

High End Tempura Dining

So if you are like me and love the oxymoron of a food dish, which we all know and love called tempura, then you are in for a foodie treat. Being both a healthy vegetable and fried food at the same ti…

Cat Café Nekorobi images

Cat Café Nekorobi

With such rich diversity residing within Tokyo, this makes the city a true melting pot of ideas, culture, and concepts. One of the most novel and cutest café concepts that I have seen here is called…

You might also like

Yurei, Yokai and Obake: Japan's Very Busy Ghost Scene images

Yurei, Yokai and Obake: Japan's Very Busy Ghost Scene

Ghosts and spirits hold a place in the folklore of many cultures around the world. In the western world, Halloween, observed on October 31st, is a time for scary, spooky tales, while Latin America w…

jdlawrence image

jdlawrence

Dockyard Garden A stone-built dock constructed at the same time as the Port of Yokohama images

Dockyard Garden A stone-built dock constructed at the same time as the Port of Yokohama

Yokohama Landmark Tower came into existence as the new symbol of Yokohama. At the foot of the tower is the Dockyard Garden. This is a reconstruction of the “No. 2 Dock of the Former Yokohama Dock Com…

Kanagawa P.G.T.D. image

Kanagawa P.G.T.D.

Exploring the Geopark at Uradome Coast in Tottori images

Exploring the Geopark at Uradome Coast in Tottori

The Uradome Coast in Tottori Prefecture is one of the Geosites that is part of the UNESCO recognized San'in Kaigan Global Geopark, home to a diversity of geological sites related to when Japan was or…

DeepJapan Editor image

DeepJapan Editor

Why Do Japanese People Call Mt. Fuji, Mr. Fuji? images

Why Do Japanese People Call Mt. Fuji, Mr. Fuji?

If you wondered why Japanese people refer to Mt. Fuji as Mr. Fuji, you are not alone.When I first came to Japan, and actually until about two years ago, well okay, actually it still happens a lot…

 image

Difference of IKEBANA and Western floral arrangement? images

Difference of IKEBANA and Western floral arrangement?

When I traveled foreign countries, I found some different customs, cultures, and ideas. It is all new to me and leads me more eager to know its deep culture. I will be frequently asked the differ…

Ami image

Ami

Tokyo's Yamanote Line: More Than You Ever Wanted To Know images

Tokyo's Yamanote Line: More Than You Ever Wanted To Know

Cruise through the pages of Deep Japan, and you'll find tons of advice on how to ride the trains and get to where you're going. But, did you ever stop to think about *how* and *why* the train system…

jdlawrence image

jdlawrence