Odawara Joshi Park is a historic and interesting sightseeing spot in the Kanagawa prefecture, but it is more attractive during when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Walking down the streets covered with fluttering cherry blossoms petals is so romantic.
Odawara Joshi Park is characterized as a castle tower restored in 1960, it was chosen as one of the “100 Best Historical Parks in Japan” and a lot of visitors come sightseeing. There is a little amusement park and a little zoo in the area, so children can play in the area.
The castle tower and moat are encircled by about 320 cherry blossom trees and it makes the castle colorful in the spring. Odawara Joshi Park was also chosen as one of the “100 Best Sakura Viewing Points in Japan” by the Nihon Sakura no Kai Foundation. About 330,000 visitors come to see the great scenery. The scenery of cherry blossoms petals fluttering is breathtakingly beautiful.
Odawara Joshi Park is illuminated from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM during the cherry blossom viewing season. Illuminated Odawara Castle emerges out of the darkness, it is extremely beautiful against the night sky and it feels like you have travel back to the Edo period.
The Odawara Kamaboko Sakura Matsuri is held on the last Saturday and Sunday of March, the festival is held to enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom and steamed savory fish cake, a local specialty of Odawara. With more than ten kamaboko companies in Odawara, the Kamaboko Cooperative comes together to the show production process. The process of making kamaboko is pretty interesting. The festival is usually held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM .
The Odawara Oden Summit is held on the first Saturday and Sunday of April. Oden is vegetables and meat simmered in a soy sauce-flavored broth. During the event, there are many oden stands coming from different places throughout the country. You can taste various kinds of oden with local characteristics. It is rare to be able to taste different kinds of oden all at once. Odawara City is a historic site that has prospered as a castle town for a long time and its a well-known because of the Hojo Clan from the Sengoku period to the Edo period.
Since Odawara City is close to Tokyo, it is a convenient spot for day trips. Odawara Castle has a four-storied castle which was built in the Muromachi period by the Omori Clan. Japanese weapons and arms including Yoroi and Katana, paper lanterns, and other historic items are on display at the castle. On top of the tower, there is an observatory where you can view the beautiful cherry blossoms. The best time to see the cherry blossoms at Odawara Joshi Park is from the end of March to the beginning of April.
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Odawara Joshi Park
Address: 3 Jonai, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 10 minute walk from Odawara Station
Website: Odawara Joshi Park (Japanese)