（Odawara）［Odawara lantern summer festival］
The Odawara lantern summer festival is a major summer event that features the symbolic Odawara lantern, a historic item. This festival involves events like a paper lantern contest held at the Ninomaru Plaza area at Odawara ruins of a castle park outworks of a castle open space and te outskirs environs, a taiko drum performance, the Bon dance, and a parade of local municipal shrine floats. There is something for everyone from children to adults! 1,800 Odawara-style paper lanterns created by local elementary schoolers are released into the moat and lit up to create a mystical mood.
Odawara lantern summer festival
［Date］Generally held in late July (cancelled in inclement weather)
［Place］Odawara ruins of a castle park outworks of a castle open space and the outskirts and environs
［Hosted by］Odawara Tourism Association
It is believed that Odawara Castle was first built in the middle of the 15th century when Mr. Omori entered the Odawara region. Since it became the residence of Hojo Odawara Hojo of the Sengoku dynasty around 1500, it was gradually expanded as a central base for Kanto rule, and when the entire structure surrounding the castle was completed in preparation for Hideyoshi Toyotomi's coming, the scale of the castle became the largest. Reached and developed into Japan's largest medieval castle.
In the Edo period, Odawara Castle became the rule of Ieyasu Tokugawa, and its retainer, Okubo, became the castle owner, and the scale of the castle was reduced to within Sannomaru. Large-scale renovation work started after Mr. Inaba became the castle owner, and was reborn as a modern castle. After that, Mr. Okubo became the castle owner again, playing an important role until the end of the Tokugawa period as a key point for defending the Kanto region ahead of Hakone and as the residence of the Daidai feudal lord who supports the system of the Tokugawa domain.
However, Odawara Castle was abandoned in 1883, most of the buildings were demolished, and the remaining Ishigaki also collapsed due to the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923.
Most of Honmaru and Ninomaru and part of the entire structure of the current Odawara Castle Ruins are designated as National Historic Sites. In addition, it was developed as a castle ruins park around Honmaru, and the castle tower was reconstructed in 1960, followed by Tokiwaki Gate in 1971, Copper Gate in 1997, and Heisei 21 The horse demon gate was restored in 2009. Furthermore, in Odawara City, we are working on full-scale historic site maintenance for the purpose of passing on the valuable cultural heritage of the Odawara Castle Ruins even further and passing it on to future generations.
Address6-1 Castle, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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