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Hojo Festival


The Hojo Festival in Odawara celebrates the rich culture and heritage of this famed castle town. Our 60th year of celebration of our history and community. Join in the festivities on 5/3, watch 1700 person parade, enjoy the music and performances, and much more.


11:00 Taiko Drums
11:10 Opening Ceremony
11:28 Special Guest Talk
11:50~12:20 Battle Display
(Conch horns, rifles, horse riding, etc)

13:50~14:05 Taiko Drumming

12:20~14:10 Warrior Procession(Parade)

11:35~ Special Performances

Special Performances

Odawara Castle Umadashi Gates
12:15~12:20 Japan Self Defense Force Band

Nariwai House
11:35~12:25 Ninja Show + Rifle Brigade

Aomono Intersection
11:35~12:25 Ninja Show + Rifle Brigade

Hamacho Intersection
11:35~12:25 Ninja Show + Rifle Brigade

Ginza Street Intersection
11:45~12:10 Soyo HSTaiko Drums
13:00~13:30 Kachidoki (Warrior Battle Cry)

Sakaecho Intersection
11:35~12:15 Lantern Dance
13:05~13:35 Kachidoki (Warrior Battle Cry)

Odawara Main Keep
14:00~15:00 Rifle Brigade

Special Events

Ginza Dori Road
12:00~12:45 Esa Hoi Traditional Dance

Uiro Parking Lot
10:00~16:00 Hojo Soun 4m Cut Paper Art Exhibit

Harune Shopping Area + Sannomaru Hall
11:00~14:00 Live Stream Public Viewing

Odawara Tourism Exchange Center
10:00~15:00 Goods & Shop

Map/Parade Route

10 minute walk from Odawara Station. Odawara is a main station on the Odakyu Line, JR Tokaido Line, JR Shinkansen Line, and Daiyuzan Lines.

We look forward to welcoming you to Odawara! We encourage you to use the train when you visit.

Please enjoy with us. Enjoy Responsibly, no drones please.

The Hojo Clan and Odawara

The Hojo Clan of Odawara: Guardians of Power and Legacy Nestled in the fertile lands of Sagami Province, amidst the scenic beauty of Japan's landscape, stood the formidable stronghold of Odawara Castle. Within its walls resided one of the most influential clans of the Sengoku period: the Hojo clan. Renowned for their military prowess, cunning strategies, and unwavering ambition, the Hojo clan left an indelible mark on Japanese history. Origins and Rise to Power: It was during the tumultuous era of the Sengoku period that the Hojo clan rose to prominence. Under the leadership of Hojo Soun, they seized control of Odawara Castle in the late 15th century and established themselves as the rulers of the Kanto region. Five generations of ruled until falling to Toyotmi HIdeyoshi in 1590.
Masters of Strategy: What truly set the Hojo clan apart was their mastery of strategy and governance. Utilizing a network of alliances, political marriages, and military might, they expanded their influence across the Kanto region, cementing their power base and establishing themselves as one of the preeminent clans of the era. The Role of Odawara Castle: Odawara Castle served as the epicenter of Hojo power. Strategically located on the Tokaido highway, it served as a key defensive stronghold and a symbol of Hojo dominance. Throughout the Sengoku period, Odawara Castle bore witness to numerous battles and sieges as rival warlords sought to challenge Hojo supremacy. Battles Fought at Odawara Castle: One of the most famous battles associated with Odawara Castle was the Siege of Odawara (1590). This conflict, known as the Odawara Campaign, saw the forces of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (and Tokugawa Ieyasu)lay siege to the castle in a bid to unify Japan under his rule. Despite the Hojo clan's valiant defense, they ultimately succumbed to overwhelming numbers, marking the end of their reign in Odawara. Legacy and Enduring Influence: Though the Hojo clan's rule over Odawara came to an end with the fall of Odawara Castle, their legacy endured. Their administrative innovations, military strategies, and cultural patronage left an indelible mark on Japan's history. Today, Odawara Castle stands as a testament to their enduring legacy, reminding us of the once-mighty Hojo clan and their pivotal role in shaping Japan's past.