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Hojo Soun Public Statue

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Hojo Soun Public Statue

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1 Shiroyama, Odawara 250-0045 Kanagawa Prefecture
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Mt Fuji and Hakone 1-Day Bus Tour return by Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
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Mt Fuji and Hakone 1-Day Bus Tour return by Bullet Train (Shinkansen)

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Experience Japan’s tallest peak and beautiful Hakone National Park on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, catch amazing views of Mt. Fuji and learn about the region’s grand scenery from an informative multilingual guide. Enjoy an optional lunch and cruise Lake Ashi, visit the volcanic Owakudani valley and admire panoramic vistas from the Hakone ropeway, or cable car. Your return trip is aboard a bullet train.
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SteveS1970 wrote a review Mar 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom6,865 contributions404 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Zfy Ed wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore6,539 contributions543 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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ezarra101 wrote a review Dec 2017
Alhambra, California124 contributions37 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Quasimama wrote a review Sep 2017
Florence, Wisconsin1,601 contributions283 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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WendyMcL13 wrote a review Jul 2017
Fleet, United Kingdom356 contributions68 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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