Odawara Castle

Take a Look Into Japan’s History in the Castle Town of Odawara in Kanagawa

When people think of Japanese castles, castles like Himeji spring to mind. Usually, these places are far from Tokyo, accessible by Shinkansen, and require an overnight stay. However, there are lovely, more accessible castles that are equally full of history and tradition. Located in Kanagawa, Odawara Castle and the nearby Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine are such…

A Trip to Hakone Inspired by a Lovely Photo of an Artwork in a Museum

When I made the decision to move to Japan, naturally, I went online to figure out all the things I wanted to see and do while I lived abroad. The picture below was one of the very first I Pinned. I thought that it was breathtaking and I wanted to stand in that spot and…

Wander Around the Charming Castle Town of Odawara – Just a Train Ride From Tokyo!

Odawara is attracting more visitors by re-opening Odawara Castle which recently renovated its viewing room. Located in the southwest of Kanagawa prefecture, Odawara has been playing a vital role since the Sengoku era (1493-1590). Due to the unique geographic nature, it was valued as a fortress and a gateway to Kyoto, especially during the Edo…