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Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle
(Sagami Province/Kanagawa Prefecture)

Odawara-jo was the castle of Ougigayatsu Uesugi clan's vassal, Oomori clan, at the end of the Muromachi period, but was conquered by Izu's Soun Hojo, whose family maintained ownership for over 5 generations (a hundred years).
Hojo clan expanded the castle, and turned it into an enormous fortress with an outer ward of 9km in diameter, including the castle town. The defensive capabilities are tested and tried by Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen, who were both forced to retreat their Odawara-jo attacks. However, the era soon entered the unification period, and after a three-month period of being sieged by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Hojo clan finally surrendered and opened the gates.
Ieyasu Tokugawa shifted to Kanto after the war and his vassal Tadayo Okubo became the ruler of the castle. After his child Tadachika lost his position and the castle once became abandoned, but it was rebuilt and Ookubo clan returned as the ruler. During the Edo period, Mt Fuji erupted and shook the earth, destroying the buildings and collapsing the castle tower, which are now restored. Today's Odawara-jo's castle tower was restored in the 35th year of Showa era (1941).

(2007/11/23 、 2014/4/29 )

Odawara Castle
Outer moat and corner turret (Second enclosure)
Odawara Castle Outer moat and corner turret (Second enclosure)
Umadashi gate
Odawara Castle Umadashi gate
Umaya enclosure
Odawara Castle Umaya enclosure
Akagane gate
Odawara Castle Akagane gate
Tokiwagi gate
Odawara Castle Tokiwagi gate
Main tower
Odawara Castle Main tower
Goyomai enclosure
Odawara Castle Goyomai enclosure
Komine enclosure
Odawara Castle Komine enclosure
Stone wall of Main enclosure
Odawara Castle Stone wall of Main enclosure
The ruins of Hakone gate
Odawara Castle The ruins of Hakone gate
The ruins of Main gate
Odawara Castle The ruins of Main gate
The ruins of Koda-guchi gate
Odawara Castle The ruins of Koda-guchi gate
Houjyou Ujimasa and Ujiteru's Graveyard
Odawara Castle Houjyou Ujimasa and Ujiteru's Graveyard
The ruins of Hayakawa-guchi gate
Odawara Castle The ruins of Hayakawa-guchi gate
East enclosure of Hachiman-yama-kokaku
Odawara Castle East enclosure of Hachiman-yama-kokaku
Komine big dry moat
Odawara Castle Komine big dry moat
Inari-mori of Outermost enclosure
Odawara Castle Inari-mori of Outermost enclosure
Yamanokami trench of Outermost enclosure
Odawara Castle Yamanokami trench of Outermost enclosure
Shiroshita Haridashi of Outermost enclosure
Odawara Castle Shiroshita Haridashi of Outermost enclosure
Bronze statue of Soun Houjyou
Odawara Castle Bronze statue of Soun Houjyou

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Sagami Province
Odawara Castle
Ishigakiyama Castle
Kawamura Castle
Ashigara Castle
Tamanawa Castle

Kanagawa Prefecture
Kozukue Castle
Chigasaki Castle
Odawara Castle
Ishigakiyama Castle
Kawamura Castle
Ashigara Castle
Tamanawa Castle

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Odawara Castle Outer moat and corner turret (Second enclosure)

Outer moat and corner turret (Second enclosure)



Odawara Castle Umadashi gate

Umadashi gate



Odawara Castle Umaya enclosure

Umaya enclosure



Odawara Castle Akagane gate

Akagane gate



Odawara Castle Tokiwagi gate

Tokiwagi gate



Odawara Castle Main tower

Main tower



Odawara Castle Goyomai enclosure

Goyomai enclosure



Odawara Castle Komine enclosure

Komine enclosure



Odawara Castle Stone wall of Main enclosure

Stone wall of Main enclosure



Odawara Castle The ruins of Hakone gate

The ruins of Hakone gate



Odawara Castle The ruins of Main gate

The ruins of Main gate



Odawara Castle The ruins of Koda-guchi gate

The ruins of Koda-guchi gate



Odawara Castle Houjyou Ujimasa and Ujiteru's Graveyard

Houjyou Ujimasa and Ujiteru's Graveyard



Odawara Castle The ruins of Hayakawa-guchi gate

The ruins of Hayakawa-guchi gate



Odawara Castle East enclosure of Hachiman-yama-kokaku

East enclosure of Hachiman-yama-kokaku



Odawara Castle Komine big dry moat

Komine big dry moat



Odawara Castle Inari-mori of Outermost enclosure

Inari-mori of Outermost enclosure



Odawara Castle Yamanokami trench of Outermost enclosure

Yamanokami trench of Outermost enclosure



Odawara Castle Shiroshita Haridashi of Outermost enclosure

Shiroshita Haridashi of Outermost enclosure



Odawara Castle Bronze statue of Soun Houjyou

Bronze statue of Soun Houjyou




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