Cherry blossoms in Odawara castle

I went to Odawara castle in Odawara city at 12 April 2017 when the cherry blossoms were fully bloomed.
It was originally built in the mid 15th century.And now it is the most popular sightseeing spot in Odawara city.
Odawara City is situated in the southwest of Kanagawa Prefecture, and is famous as the entrance of Hakone area.
Cherry blossoms are fully bloomed between the end of March and beginning of April every year.

Pictures were taken by iPhone.

I went to high school in near here, but it was my first time to look around here in the cherry blossom season.

Cherry blossoms at the moat of Odawara castle
Cherry‐tree‐lined path along the moat of Odawara castle
Cherry blossoms at the moat of Odawara castle
Row of the cherry trees at the moat were so beautiful.
Cherry‐tree‐lined path along the moat lead to the entrance of the castle.

Akagane gate in Odawara castle
Akagane gate in Odawara castle
Akagane gate.
You can see the castle tower in the distance from this gate.

Remains of the Akagane gate in Odawara castle
Remains of the Akagane gate.

Tokiwagi gate and cherry blossoms in Odawara castle
Tokiwagi gate.
Go up the stairs and pass through the gate, then you can go to the main field of the castle.

Castle tower and cherry blossoms in Odawara castle
Castle tower and cherry blossoms in Odawara castle
Castle tower and cherry blossoms in Odawara castle
Castle tower and cherry blossoms.
Awesome!

Castle tower and cherry blossoms in Odawara castle

This place (near the exit of Tokiwagi gate) was a nice photo spot.
Many people took pictures.

Cosplay at Tokiwagi gate in Odawara castle
At Tokiwagi Gate in main field,you can borrow Kimono,Armor,Helmet and take photo.
【Opening hour】10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
【Holidays】December 31 and January 1st.
【Fee:Adult】 300 yen,Child 200 yen

Inside the castle tower of Odawara castle
View of the observation deck of Odawara castle
View of the observation deck of Odawara castle
I went to the observation deck of the castle tower.
The landscape of Odawara city,Sagami bay and Mt.Hakone was great!
There is also a museum that has a collection of artifacts, armor and weapons inside the castle tower.

【Opening Hours】 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.(You can enter by 4:30 P.M.)
【Holidays】On 2nd Wednesday in December,December 31 and January 1st.
【Fee】Adult 500 yen, Child 200 yen
You can buy tickets at the entrance of the castle tower.

Cherry blossoms in Odawara castle park
Cherry blossoms in Odawara castle park
Then I went to the playground for kids in the park.
I used to come here with parents in my childhood.
It brought back my memories.
The fee of this train is 80 yen.

There was an entrance to the another beautiful place with cherry blossoms Hotoku Ninomiya shrine around here.

Castle tower and cherry blossoms in Odawara castle

Top of the small hill inside the rail of the train was photo spot, too.


□ Information □

【Date of visit】
10:00 ~ 11:30 of 12 April 2017.

【Access】
10 min. walk from the East exit of Odawara Station.

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