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Private Castle & Shrine Experience

Exclusive Private Access after Hours

Gain exclusive access to Odawara Castle and Ninomiya Houtoku Shrine after hours for a guided private tour and an experience with a local shinto priest to have a personal discovery of the history and culture of Japan.

About your Experience

Enjoy exclusive time at two wonderful spots in Odawara. A bilingual interpreter is provided as we get private time at Houtoku Ninomiya Shrine with a local Shinto priest. Learn all about the ideals and customs for the foundation of Japanese society and culture. A special activity is also included for your on the shrine grounds. Take this time to be curious, ask questions, or just have a spiritual moment during our private time at this famed local shrine.

We will also be exploring Odawara Castle after hours with a local guide as we see and learn about the time of the samurai and civil war in Japan. This experience also includes exclusive access to Odawara Castle after hours so you can enjoy at your own pace as we dive into the history of Japan and the Samurai.

・Exclusive After Hours access to Odawara Castle and Ninomiya Shrine

・Bilingual Local Guide + guidance from priest during our shrine visit

・Special Hands on Activity at Shrine

About Ninomiya Shrine

Houtoku Ninomiya Shrine in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, is a distinguished Shinto shrine dedicated to Ninomiya Sontoku, also known as Ninomiya Kinjiro, a 19th-century agricultural reformer and philosopher celebrated for his contributions to agrarian economics and rural community development. Established to honor Sontoku's life and legacy, the shrine serves as a place of worship and reflection, where visitors can pay respects to Sontoku’s spirit and seek inspiration from his teachings of diligence, frugality, and the importance of education and moral character. The shrine features traditional Shinto architectural elements, including a torii gate and a main hall (honden), surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens that create a tranquil space for contemplation. The shrine plays a significant role in the local community by promoting Sontoku’s principles and fostering a sense of social responsibility and community engagement. Houtoku Ninomiya Shrine is not only a place of worship but also a beacon of cultural heritage and ethical teachings, offering visitors a meaningful and enriching destination.

What's Included

Entrance to all places visited will be included as well as an activity at Ninomiya Shrine. A bilingual local guide will be with you throughout the experience. Please inform us of any individual mobility requirements.

Location and Time

Meeting point can be arranged upon booking to be more convenient and accessible. Please inform us if transportation needs to be arranged. This private experience takes place after Odawara Castle closes to the general public.

Things to Know

・For cancellation, please contact us at odawaratourco@gmail.com
・2 person minimum required for booking
・Cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event
・Cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 3 days or less before event