Odawara is a very attractive location – Mr. Yoshimoto

ODAWARA (Mr. Yoshimoto)

Odawara is a wonderful town where you can enjoy not only the mountains but also the sea. On top of that, you can get a sense of the town’s history when you visit the castle.

I have lived in Odawara all my life. Time may have changed the streets, but the warmth of the people, the rich nature and the historical feeling of the town is the same as before. It is a truly beautiful place to live.

Thanks to the warm climate and the beautiful nature there is a high variety of seasonal products which makes Odawara famous as a town of a flourishing gastronomy.

We recommend to try the Odawara Bowl. A dish using at least one or more local speciality served in traditional lacquerware from Odawara.

I now work at the Samurai Museum and I especially enjoy hearing guests say things like “I didn’t think that I would be able to wear samurai armor in front of Odawara Castle”. I really enjoy working here and sharing special moments with the guests.

One of the best things about wearing the armor is that you can experience a different perspective and through this you may want to learn more about samurai and ninja. I made these samurai costumes myself, so I would be delighted if you tried one on!