Hojo Soun Public Statue

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ezarra101
Alhambra, CA124 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
before the advent of the edo shogunate, the hojo clan lords are major rulers of the kanto area. at the back of odawara station stands this statue of hojo soun perhaps in his glorious adventures. he is known to be a master of psychological warfare by putting torches in his oxens making the enemy believe he is having way more army than actually have. a very underrated samurai lord setting the foundation of the hojo clan which is one of the major feudal powers of japan before nobunaga and hideyoshi. even you dont know hojo soun, his charming statue is beautifully sculpted capturing the personality of this great feudal lord.
Written December 23, 2017
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Donna S
Florence, WI1,601 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
This statue outside the Odawara railroad station is notable cuz of the ingenius trick it portrays. Hojo Soun was set to invade the area from surrounding hills under cover of darkness. He tied flaming torches to the horns of his oxen (which could be seen by the defenders from the valley below) and thus cleverly fooled them into believing his troops were 3X more numerous than they were. Hojo Soun could also be quite treacherous, however. He once arranged for an unsuspecting local lord to be murdered while out on a hunting trip. Definitely not worth going out of your way to see this statue, but if you happen to be at the Odawara Station anyway (Shinkansen stops there), take a look. I was traveling with an OAT group, so our guide told us of Hojo's adventures, to which this statue seems to give some authenticity.
Written September 2, 2017
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sunbeamrn
Singapore, Singapore346 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
There is no need to go all the way to see the statue. It nothing special if you do not know the story behind this man.
In general, Hojo Soun out wicked his enemies in a night battle where he tied touches to the horns of the ox. So in the night when he ordered his oxes and man to charge the enemies, the Horns of the ox became a "force multiplier" .
His enemies run away and Hojo Soun rule the place wisely and become a local hero.

That is where the statues have oxes in there.

I would not go all the way to see, but since it near the train station, just admire it.
Written April 26, 2016
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WendyMcL13
Shandon, UK370 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
This statue was a landmark given to us by our hotel so that we could meet the hotel shuttle bus. It is big and easy to find. We like Odawara station anyway - so if you find yourself with a spare half an hour to kill at Odawara station you can see this statue immediately outside the station and then pop inside the station - we found a brilliant food supermarket where we could buy delicious yakatori, sushi and puddings. I wouldn't go to Odawara just to visit the statue but if you find yourself there it is an interesting and useful landmark to see.
Written July 23, 2017
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,112 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Impressive statue outside the train station which I can’t ion even passing through. It seems that some parts of Japan are very proud of their samurai past, as they should be, and celebrate this part of its history. Beautiful piece of work.
Written March 18, 2020
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Zfy Ed
Singapore, Singapore7,126 contributions
Dec 2019
This statue is located just outside the Odawara train station inside the car park. So do be careful if you want to walk over and take a closer look at it as there are many cars, tour coaches that drive in and out from here.

On the day of our visit, it was already closed to 5.45pm and was drizzling. Sky was already dark and road was quite slippery. The statue was lighted and looked quite nice (as compared to the day time view). And the history and story behind this "hero" was already explained clearly by the earlier reviewer which I will not repeat again.

From here, there are also some cafes and convenience store, including a florist shop which you can grab some food before continuing your journey.
Written December 25, 2019
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Erlan2013
Bogor, Indonesia166 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
if you have a change to stop by at Odawara station, do not forget to get out the west side of the station. You will find this nice statue in front of the station. many tourist come here to take picture
Written May 5, 2016
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seafare74
SF, California2,181 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
This is an impressive bronze statue of what appears to be an armored warlord atop his horse. There is no English signage at the statue to provide a proper interpretation.
Written April 12, 2016
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