Samurai Festival at Odawara Castle (near Hakone) | May 3

The largest festival in Odawara City, held in honour of the Hojo Samurai Family, the 5 lords of Odawara Castle who developed the castle town.  Having 1700 participants in this festival, people in Samurai costume parade through the town. Ninja performance will also take place.

Odawara, the gateway of Hakone Onsen Resort area, is a castle-town having a glorious history back to Samurai era. The Lord Hojo Souun is known as a pioneer who introduced a Ninja group in his strategic activities.

Odawara Hojo Godai Festival

Date: May 3rd(Thu) 2018
Location: Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture

The opening will begin at 12:20 AM in the castle ground of Odawara Castle
Drumming, Performance by Samurai with firearms, Ninja Performance
(Admission fee: JPY 1000

At 13:30 (1:30PM) 
Samurai Parade will take place on streets through the town. (No admission fee required)The parade starts from the Odawara Castle. The route can be found on their official website.

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