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An Introduction to Odawara

Odawara is a regularly ignored entryway to nature and history. Sightseers searching for places or towns rich in Japanese conventional culture regularly settle on Hakone or Karuizawa, however why travel so far when this excellence is on Tokyo’s doorstep?

Most celebrated for Odawara Castle, initially implicit the mid fifteenth century and held by the Hojo tribe, Odawara is a fortune trove for those intrigued by Japan’s tremendously discussed Warring States Era. It likewise happens to be Tokyo’s nearest stronghold and keep mix, a little more than a hour away via prepare.

The château isn’t Odawara’s just distinguishing strength. It is additionally the main town inside the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, which is acclaimed for its hot springs and unimaginable perspectives of Mt Fuji. Standard transports gone through Odawara taking you to well known climbing goals, and the station is likewise served by six diverse prepare lines including the Tokaido Shinkansen.

Crisp fish is gotten and sold regular at Odawara Harbor. Kamaboko, steamed fish meat framed on a wooden piece, is a mainstream sustenance of decision for Japanese individuals, in spite of the fact that not as acclaimed outside of Japan as sushi or takoyaki. On the off chance that you get yourself snared, the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum gives data on Kamaboko’s history and permits guests the likelihood of making their own.

A prime area for fish and ocean sees, Odawara additionally spends significant time in salted plums and paper lamps (so frequently observed at Japanese celebrations amid the mid year months).

Make like local people and make a beeline for Seikantei. Initially the estate of an once distinguished family, it offers a look into the way of life of the old-school Japanese world class and highlights the staples of Japanese home stylistic theme. It’s staggering ocean side perspectives of Sagami Bay disregard a consummately organized conventional garden. Unwind and take in the all-common fragrance of the tatami tangle flooring while you loosen up with tea and scones.

For those going with kids, Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History is a most loved for its broad accumulation of dinosaur fossils and bug displays. At just 510 yen for each individual, this gallery offers amusement and instruction on a financial plan. In the event that the children would rather a more dynamic outing, Odawara Wanpaku Land is a free play area with discretionary paid highlights, for example, a creature stop and little themed rides; the ideal place for a family cookout.

The JR Tokaido Shinkansen takes thirty minutes from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station to Odawara. The Shinkansen is prescribed on the off chance that you need to complete a half-day or entire day stumble on a tight schedule, costing ¥3500 one way.

On the other hand, on the off chance that you have additional time or need to spare cash, you can get to Odawara from Tokyo in around 70-a hour and a half by nearby or fast prepares on the JR Tokaido Main Line (going through Tokyo, Shimbashi and Shinagawa Stations) or the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line (going through Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya Stations) for a large portion of the cost.

These trains are secured by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass however the Shinkansen is just secured by the Japan Rail Pass.

Odawara to Hakone

Getting to Odawara

Odawara is a beautiful city just south of Tokyo. It is only two shinkansen stops from Tokyo station and many people use Odawara Station as a transit stop on their way to Hakone. Hakone is one of Japan`s most beautiful areas offering hot springs, museums, culture, and history. Odawara is a historic castle town full of history, culture, and wonderful experiences. Odawara station is a stopping point for a number of transportation options that will help you get around the area.

Shinkansen: Visitors can arrive from Kyoto or Tokyo on the Kodama Shinkansen. The stop after Odawara is Atami Only 45 min from Tokyo.

JR Tokaido Line: The JR line is the more local option connects you with Tokyo, Yokohama, Manazuru, and Atami

Odakyu Line: This popular option will take you directly from Tokyo`s Shinjuku station to Hakone-Yumoto Station. The popular “Romance Car” is also run on this line.

Daiyuzan Line: This local train line connects Odawara with Daiyuzan Station, which is the entry point for the wonderful zen mountain temple of Saijoji in the Ashigara Mountains.

JR Gotenba Line: The Gotenba doesn’t leave from Odawara Station, but rather two stops away from Odawara`s Kouzu Station. This is a wonderful line that will take you all the way to Numazu in Shizuoka passing through deep valleys and in front of the majestic Mt. Fuji.

Getting from Odawara to Hakone

There are two basic options to get you from Odawara to Hakone. The first is the Odakyu Line that will take only about 15 minutes to get you to Hakone Yumoto Station. Along the way there are some worthwhile stops to be made at one of the three stations between Odawara and Hakone. The Hakone-Tozan Bus has a number of lines connecting you to various places in Hakone. Outside the East exit of Odawara Station is the bus terminal with lines taking you to Togendai, Moto-Hakone, and Kowakien. All these lines make a stop in front of Hakone-Yumoto Station.

Itabashi Station

Walk the historic hillside villas that were once the vacation spot of politicians and business moguls seeking recluse from Tokyo. This area has nice views of the bay and temperate climate that attracted many interesting people. The Matsunaga Memorial is the former villa of one of Japan`s most successful businessmen. It is now dedicated to his love of the tea ceremony and the grounds and surrounding areas are great for a stroll.

Kazamatsuri Station

Just steps from the station is the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village and Hakone Beer Brewery. A wonderful place to spend a few hours learning about, eating and even making your own Kamaboko. Kamaboko is an Odawara speciality that has been made in the area for centuries. It is a fish paste cake grilled, steamed, or poached, but always delicious. It is a wonderful pairing with the local craft beer called “Hakone Beer” made in the Kamaboko Village. A great stop on you way to Hakone.

Iruida Station

Only five minutes from the station is the Kanagawa Natural History Museum. A surprisingly beautiful and well presented museum telling the natural history of the earth and the area. It is great for children! Everyone loves dinosaur bones! In spring the locals love to head up the hill on a short hike to see the weeping cherry tree blossoms plated by a famous monk over 300 hundred years ago.

Getting to Hakone from Odawara is short, simple, and an opportunity to see some interesting things along the way. Feel free to use our AI chatbot on Facebook if you have any questions of comments!