2017年02月06日

Odawara Castle, the castle tower of which was reconstructed in 1960 though, is a rare full-scale castle in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area.

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The origin of Odawara Castle seems to date back to the 15th century. After the unification of Japan by 'Tokugawa Ieyasu' early in the 17th century, this castle was repeatedly strengthened as an important fortress against many powerful 'daimyo' feudal lords to protect 'Edo' present Tokyo. Throughout 'Edo period', the 17th-19th century, the barrier station on 'Tokaido', the most important highway running between Tokyo and Kyoto, was managed by the lord of this castle. The main purpose of this barrier station, 'sekisho' in Japanese, was to crackdown on the spies dispatched by the western powers. With the beginning of Japan's modernization in the 19th century, most buildings of this castle, the castle tower included, were demolished and the original aspect was disappeared. However the restoration work has continued since 1934 to be revived from the destruction.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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