This festival in 2021 is cancelled due to COVID-19.
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.
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
Location: Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture
The opening will begin at 12:20 AM in the castle ground of Odawara Castle
At 13:00 Drumming, Performance by Samurai with firearms
At 13:30 (1:30PM)
Samurai Parade will take place on streets through the town. The parade starts from the Odawara Castle. The route can be found on their official website.
Hojo Godai Matsuri by Odawara Tourism Association
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Odawara Historic Town, the gateway to Hakone