Enjoy hundreds of Japanese old sakura cherry blossoms surviving WWII at Odawara Castle!!
Over 300 cherry blossom trees flourish around Odawara Castle (小田原城) and Odawara Castle Park. The cherry blossoms has survived WWII and they are about 90 years old.
Odawara-joshi Park, also called Odawara Castle Park, is located next to the famous onsen area Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. Originally, the castle was built in the mid 15C. But almost buildings in the site including the castle keep were demolished and then were completely broken down by the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 (the castle keep now standing was rebuilt in 1960.)
The cherry blossom is designated as “100 Best Sakura Spots” in Japan. That’s why the more than 300 cherry blossoms around the castle and around the moat. The castle cannot allow you to enter after 5PM, however, you can enjoy cherry blossoms lit up with paper lanterns’ lights until 10PM.
Access: 10 mins walk from Odawara Station (JR Tokaido Line/Odakyu Line)
Hours (Odawara Castle): 9:00 to 17:00
Light up: 18:00–22:00
Best time to visit: late March to early April