小田原市

Odawara Guide

Recommended Routes and Locations

There are historical sites in the Odawara Castle area, naturally, and the areas around the Tokaido Road that extended from Edo through Hakone still have connections to history and traditions. Let’s fully enjoy the livelihoods, gardens, flowers, and culture unique to Odawara.

A Warring States Era Route—Get a Feel for History

Castle

Dress up in armor or kimono

Borrow a suit of armor or kimono at the Hommaru Squareand take photos with Odawara Castle as the backdrop. Metamorphose into a hero or heroine and slip back to the Warring States era in spirit.

Hours
 

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (costume rentals until 3:30 p.m.)

Dress up in armor or kimono

↓8 minutes

Seikantei

↓12minutes

Nariwai Rest House

This facility is free of charge and can be used to obtain information about historical sites and other places of interest, as well as to rest up while touring the city.

Nariwai Rest House

Nariwai Rest House


↓15minutes

Odawara Station

Five rail companies provide service to and from the city’s main train station. The Odawara Lantern, which is 4.5 meters tall and 2.5 meters in diameter and was Installed to commemorate the opening of the passageway from the station’s west to east side, waits to greet visitors.

Odawara Station

Odawara Station



Stop for a spell

Tomb of Hojo, Ujimasa and Ujiteru
Tomb of Hojo, Ujimasa and Ujiteru

Visits to the tomb is said to lead to happy encounters, and making an offering of a bell is customary when one’s wish has been fulfilled.


Statue of Hojo, Soun
Statue of Hojo, Soun

Located on Odawara Station’s west side, this is one of Japan’s largest copper statues at 5.7 meters and 7 tons. It depicts Soun’s battle strategy of tying torches to oxen’s horns to feign a night attack by a large army.


B Tour of Machikado Museums—Get a Feel for Professions and People

Castle

↓7minutes

Experience making a paper lantern at Nariwai Rest House

Washi paper is spread over a framework of woven bamboo slats and covers fitted on the top and bottom to create an original paper lantern.

Hours

Second and fourth Sunday of the month, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Note: Different schedules also possible for groups of five or more that make reservations a month or more in advance

Fee

¥1,000 per person

Time required

Approx. 90 minutes

Reservations

Odawara Tourism Association

Experience making a paper lantern

↓15minutes

Odawara Station

↓7minutes

Kazamatsuri Station

↓0minutes

Experience making kamaboko (fish paste cakes) and chikuwa (fish paste tubes) at the Kamaboko Museum

special implement, called a kamaboko spatula, is used to apply the fish paste to slabs and rods, after which it is steamed and cooled to create the finished products. 

Fee

Kamaboko¥1,575

chikuwa ¥525

Time required

50 minutes for kamaboko

30 minutes for chikuwa

Note: A bit more time is needed before finished products are delivered.

For more information

Suzuhiro Kamaboko no Sato

Phone: 0465-24-6262

Experience making kamaboko (fish paste cakes) and chikuwa (fish paste tubes)


Stop for a spell

 Machikado museum

Machikado museums tell the people of today about the industrial culture that has flourished from the past. Detailed exhibits, oral histories, and hands-on demonstrations provide an understanding of the people involved in Odawara’s industries, products, and manufacturing. There are currently 18 museums focusing on local industries such as fish paste, pickling, and woodworking.

Machikado museum

Machikado museum

Machikado museum

Machikado museum

Dried Bonito Flake Museum (Kagotsune)

Dried Bonito Flake Museum (Kagotsune)

Ume Yorozu Information Center (Rankanbashi Chinriu)

Ume Yorozu Information Center (Rankanbashi Chinriu)


C Fishing Port and Beach Nature Enjoyment Course—Feel the Ocean, Savor the Food

Castle

↓13minutes

Miyuki no Hama beach

The beach’s name was changed to Miyuki (imperial visit) no Hama following Emperor Meiji’s 1873 visit. People go for a swim on New Year’s Day to see the first sunrise of the year and to pray for safety on the sea and good health. The pool and beach are crowded in summer.

Miyuki no Hama

↓20minutes

Tour Kaneta Maeda Shoten to see dried fish being prepared

Visitors can see the dried fish production process. The company is closed on Sundays, public holidays, and scheduled days off.

Kaneta Maeda Shoten

↓2minutes

Odawara fishing port morning market

Horse mackerel, sardines, and other fresh seafood brought in daily from Sagami Bay can be bought for reasonable prices at the port’s Saturday morning market, with tips on how it should be eaten, too. There are numerous eateries popular for the freshness of their fare in the area where you can eat your fill of seafood. The views of the lighthouse modeled after an Odawara lantern on the jetty and Odawara Blue Way Bridge spanning the harbor with the sea in the background are also appealing.

Port’s morning market

When

Saturdays and other unschedu

7 to 10 a.m.

Dried fish and kamaboko

9 a.m.

until sold out: Freshly caught fish

Odawara fishing port
Odawara fishing port morning market

↓3minutes

Hayakawa Station

Stop for a spell

Odawara don (rice bowl with toppings)
Odawara don (rice bowl with toppings)

29 shops around the city (as of December 2012) 


D Garden Tour—Experience Surprising Interaction in the Midst of Tranquility

Castle

↓8minutes

Odawara interactive garden Seikantei

Seikantei

Characterized by the Sukiya-style design, this is an example of pure Japanese architecture with excellent materials and techniques. It is now open to the public as one of the stops on walking tours that have gardens as their theme. Rest for a bit here while enjoying the garden.

Hours

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed

Tuesdays


↓10minutes

Odawara Literature Museum and Hakushu-doyo Museum

Odawara Literature Museum

Odawara Literature Museum

This residence was built in 1937 in a southern European architectural style with roofing tiles imported from Spain. It has a western style garden, but offers a blend of Japanese and western aspects, and its beauty can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. Stop by the Hakushu-doyo Museum that is also located here toget in touch with literature from Odawara.

Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(doors close at 4:30 p.m.)

Admission

Adults, ¥250;

elementary and junior high school students, ¥100

(group discounts available)

Closed

December 28 to January 3


↓5minutes

Kokian Historical House

Kokian Historical House

Meiji era elder statesman Aritomo Yamagata built this villa in 1907, when he was 70. Currently an insurance company’s training center, its garden is open to the public only on Sundays. The marvelous water garden, designated as a civil engineering heritage site and supplied by a dedicated water channel, reminds visitors of days gone by.

Hours

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission

¥100


↓3minutes

Matsunaga Memorial Hall and Rokyo-so Manor

Matsunaga Memorial Hall

This residence was built by industrialist Yasuzaemon Matsunaga, known as Japan’s king of electric power (he was also a tea master known as Jian). Also on the grounds are Rokyo-so Manor—an elaborately designed teahouse in the modern Sukiya architectural style—and Yo-u-an Teahouse, the relocated villa of one of Odawara’s three great tea masters, Kota Nozaki. They offer enjoyment of a stroll through a lovely garden.

Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed

December 28 to January 3, during fumigation (around March)


↓8minutes

Hakone Itabashi Station

Travel aids

Take a leisurely tour with a guide (interpreter)

Odawara Guide Association (prior reservations required)

Guide visitors to famous landmarks, primarily Odawara Castle, and historical sites. Interpreting available only in English.

Phone

0465-22-8800 

Website

http://www.odawara-gaido.com/ 

Odawara Hakone Systematized Goodwill Guide Club (prior reservations required)

Guide foreign travelers around Odawara, Hakone, and nearby areas. Along with set routes, open to discuss other routes.

Move around efficiently!

Gururin rental bicycles

Rental bicycles are useful for touring sightseeing locations.

Hours

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last rental 3:30 p.m.)

Fee

¥300 per person per use

Odawara-juku sightseeing excursion bus

Bus makes stops at sightseeing locations during the spring and fall tourism seasons. Unlimited all day use, accompanied by a guide.

Hours

Every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fees

Adults, ¥200

elementary school students, ¥100

Bus station

Bus depot 1, Odawara Station east exit

Guide Map

Guide Map

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