（Odawara）［Odawara Hojo 5s Festival］
The Odawara Hojo Godai Festival is the largest local event and is dedicated to Odawara Hojo, a feudal lord who contributed to developing the town.
A total of 1,700 people take part in reenacting a procession featuring the successive castle rulers of the Hojo clan, samurai troupes, and princess samurai. Local elementary, middle, and high school bands also take part, and residents help in carrying portable shrines. See performances of traditional gunsmen and reenactors of the fuma ninja style, said to trace back to ninjas who served the Odawara Hojo Clan.
Odawara Hojo 5s Festival
［Date］Held annually on May 3rd
［Place］Odawara ruins of a castle park and the outskirts
〈Directions〉10 minutes’ walk from Odawara Station
［TEL］0465-22-5002（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. After becoming the castle of the Sengoku Daimyo Odawara Hojo around 1500, it was gradually expanded and maintained as a central base for Kanto rule, and the castle will reach its maximum scale when the entire structure surrounding the castle is completed in preparation for the arrival of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. 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 began 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 Edo period as a key point for defending the Kanto region against Hakone and as the residence of the Daidai feudal lord supporting 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, the main castle was built around as a castle park, 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 Odawara Castle Ruins, which is a valuable cultural heritage, to the future and to pass it on to future generations for a long time.
Address6-1 Castle, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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