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    Umadashimon Gate

    by taigaa001 Written Feb 24, 2014

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    Ninja-clad performers in Umadashimon Gate

    Odawara Castle Tip: Umadashimon Gate is the official gate to the Odawara Castle extending from Meganebashi Bridge. It was rebuilt in 2009 just as it stood during Edo Period (1603-1868). It was named that way because the gate leads to Umadashi Bailey of the castle. The gate is Masugata-style which has 90-degree -turn for solidifying castle defense.

    The photo of the gate was taken during Hojo Godai Matsuri Festival during early May. Ninja-clad performers got together inside the gate for the event.

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    Viewing Tanzawa Mountains

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 10, 2013
    Mount Oyama, 1252m, viewed from Odawara Castle
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    From the donjon of Odawara Castle you can identify at least three Tanzawa Mountains peaks which are also part of TANZAWA OYAMA QUASI-NATIONAL PARK. Odawara is also a nice place as the base for hiking in Tanzawa Mountain area which is easily accessible by using Odakyu Line trains and bus services from Odawara and Tokyo areas. Photo #1 is Mount Oyama, 1252m above sea level. The mountain is the easiest Tanzawa Mountain peak to identify because it has conical shape and detached from other peaks. Photo #2 is Mount Tonodake, 1490m, popular Tanzawa peak to climb as a day hiking destination. Photo #3 is Mount Hinokiboramaru, 1601m, the second highest peak in Tanzawa Mountains. Other major Tanzawa Mountains include Mount Tanzawa, 1567m in elevation, and Mount Hirugatgake, 1673m, the highest peak of Tanzawa Mountains. From Odawara Castle donjon, howerver, these peaks are blocked by Mount Tonodake.

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    Meganebashi Bridge

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 20, 2013

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    Odawara Castle Tip: Mud Bridge nicknamed as Meganebashi Bridge used to be the bridge leading to Umadashimon Gate of the castle. It serves as the official entrance of the castle. Official name is Umadashimon Dobashi. The bridge is nicknamed this way because of its shape resembles spectacles.

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    Manabubashi Bridge

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 20, 2013

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    One of the popular places to view Cherry Blossoms
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    Odawara Castle Tip: This red bridge is currently the main entrance of Odawara Castle Park. It was built however, in 1929 when the elementary school was moved to Ninomaru bailey. It was reconstructed in 1949. Today the bridge and moat is one of the unmistakable views of Odawara castle particularly during Cherry Blossom season.

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    Komine Big Moat

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 20, 2013

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    Start of East Moat
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    Other names: Komine Dry Moat, Komine Large Moat, Komine Dai-Horikiri Moat
    European cities are often protected by stone walls surrounding main city areas. Odawara city during Warring-State Period during late 15th to late 16th century until Odawara Castle was succumbed to Hideyoshi in 1590 had been protected by moats and earthworks and long moats surrounding the city areas. Komine Big Moat (Komine Dai-Horikiri) is one of such defensive structures for Odawara. It forms the outer defence for northwest part of Odawara Castle area. Komine Moat System has three moats but only East Moat the longest dry moat is open to public. Komine Moat (East Moat) is preserved because it is a part of Shiroyama Park. It is a nice place for a walk. It is the longest dry moat in Japan

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    Ninomiya Shrine

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 20, 2013

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    One of the distinctive characteristics of Japanese Shinto shrines is even humans can be enshrined as deities. In many cases human deities enshrined faced tragic death such as Michizane Sugawara a noble figure during late 10th century who was expelled by his rival clan from Kyoto to Dazaifu, Kyushu. This shrine, however, enshrines Sontoku Ninomiya who is known by the works of agricultural reform during mid 19th century. It can be categorized as memorial shrines to worship great historical figures and learn from their ideas and achievement. This shrine was built in 1894 by worshipers of Ninomiya Philosophy called Hotoku.
    The shrine is a popular place for new year visits, 7-5-3 festivals, as well as the wedding venue.

    Related Youtube clips on Hotoku Shrine.
    Wedding Ceremony at Hotoku Shrine, Odawara(In Japanese)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paYZWk8MIz4&noredirect=1

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    Manyo-no-Yu

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 20, 2013

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    Hot Spa Facility in Odawara

    Manyo-no-Yu is a popular spa resort in Odawara. The six-floor building has three areas: Yudokoro is a spa area taken from Yugawara Onsen nearby hot spa resort. Ajidokoro is a food court area and Iyashidokoro has some beauty salons, and some shops for relaxation. The facility also has indoor playground for children.

    Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day
    Admission: 2,400 yen for adults(Junior high school or older), 1,250 yen for children (elementary school students), 940 yen(pre-school children), free of charge(2 or under).

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    Amusement Park and a Zoo in Odawara Castle Park

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 4, 2013
    Miniature Train Line is Popular Among Children
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    Amusement Park with miniature train line and a zoo with macaque monkey survived despite the criticism from history buffs that they are nothing to do with historical site. Macaque cage is the only remainder of a zoo. Until recently the zoo had an elephant named UMEKO which passed away in 2009. Its amusement park for small children is located at the west corner of the park is an old-fashioned amusement park with low-cost kiddie rides. The park's main draw is a miniature train line about 200 meters long. It runs four times an hour on weekends.

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    Odawara Castle: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 4, 2013
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    When you are staying in hotels in Tokyo and want to go to the castle with castle keep, hotel clerks
    would surely recommend Odawara castle only one and half hours from Shinjuku via Odakyu Express Trains. The castle has the history of about 600 years but the current castle structure owes much to Late Hojo clan founded by Soun Hojo( Sozui(Moritoki) Ise). After Moritoki Ise conquered Odawara castle around the turn of 16th century, his descendents expanded the castle as it stands today. Most of the current buildings in the castle has been restored. The Main Keep was reconstructed with reinforced-concrete in 1960, Tokiwagi Gate in 1971, Akagane Gate in 1997, and Umadashi Gate in 2009. Current castle area is also a park with a small zoo and an amusement park with miniature train line. At former Komine Bailey there is a shrine called Ninomiya Shrine which enshrines Sontoku Ninomiya who is one of the highly respected local heroes during mid 19th century.

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    Viewing Hakone Peaks

    by taigaa001 Updated May 4, 2013

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    Mt. Kamifutago(Right) and Mt. Shimofutago(Left)
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    Odawara Castle is a nice place to view both Hakone and Tanzawa peaks. From the donjon(main keep) of the castle you can have nice views from the west side.

    How to Find Hakone Peaks?
    The easiest peaks to identify are Mount Futago peaks. (Photo #1) . The right peak with relay towers is Kamifutago-yama or Mt. Kamifutago, 1091m in elevation, and the left peak is Shimofutago-yama(Mt. Shimofutago), 1065m a.s.l. The trapezoid shaped peak on the right of Mount Futago peaks is Mount Komagatake, 1356m(4448 ft) a.b.l. (Photo #2). You can go up to the peak by using a ropeway. The highest peak of Hakone Volcano, Mount Kamiyama, 1438m a.s.l.
    (photo #3) is located on the right side of Mount Komagatake. Viewing right further you will find a plane mountain peak. This is Mount Myojin(1169m)(Photo #4) and together with Mount Myojo(924m)(Photo #5) left of Mount Myojin, there is a popular hiking trail linking two peaks.

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    Odawara Castle

    by salisbury3933 Written Nov 3, 2007

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    Odawara's main attraction is without doubt the castle. It's not Japan's most spectacular castle, but it's still a good one.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odawara_castle

    Whilst today's castle is a reconstruction rather than what once was, there is an awful lot of history on display here, unsurprisingly really, given that the old castle stood in its various forms for centuries.

    As one normally expects with Japanese castles, there are displays of armor and various weapons inside, as well as some historical scrolls and so on.

    If you are in Hakone, make the effort to come and visit, it's well worth it.

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    Local History Museum

    by salisbury3933 Written Nov 3, 2007

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    We took a bit of a look at the local history museum, which was useful in outlining the long history of Odawara castle in particular.

    Having said that, there's very little English commentary, so this museum may not be so interesting for non-Japanese speakers.

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    Suzuhiro Kamaboko (Fishcake) Museum

    by cheesecake17 Written Aug 11, 2006

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    Something to do FREE in odawara is visit the Fishcake museum...
    ....Find out about various types of fishcake and fishpaste through exhibits also watch how they make kamaboko ..

    Open: 10:00 - 17:00
    Close: Late Dec. - early Jan.

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