Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle

Name: Odawara Castle

Place: Jonai, Odawara, Kanagawa, Odawara Castle Park

Admission JPY 510

Built: 1447, rebuilt 1633, 1706

Owner : Omori clan, Odawara Hōjō clan, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Inaba clan, Okubo clan


After the Uesugi Zenshū Revolt of 1416, Odawara came under the control of the Omori clan of Suruga. They were in turn defeated by Ise Moritoki of Izu, founder of the Odawara Hōjō clan in 1495. Five generations of the Odawara Hōjō clan improved and expanded on the fortifications of Odawara Castle as the center of their domains, which encompassed most of the Kantō region.

After the Battle of Odawara in 1590, Toyotomi Hideyoshi forced the surrender of the Odawara Hōjō, he awarded the holdings of the Odawara Hōjō to his leading general Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Under the control of the Tokugawa Shogunate, during the Edo period, several daimyo, including the Tenryo,directly controlled by the Tokugawa family, and Inaba, and Okubo clans, who were feudalized as lords.

Odawara Castle had very strong defenses, as it was situated on a hill, surrounded by moats with water on the low side, and dry ditches on the hill side, with banks, walls and cliffs located all around the castle.

Link: Odawara city: https://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/language/english/castle.html

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odawara_Castle