Odawara Hojo Godai Festival
Dates: May 3rd every year
Times: Opening start from 12:30 / Parade 13:30
Places: Odawara Castle Park and around
If you are born and raised in this area, it is likely that you don’t travel during Golden Week which is consecutive holidays in early May. Hojo Godai (five generations) Festival is the largest event in Odawara City. The festival is held to remember five generations of Hojo Clan’s 100 years of prosperity. As many as 1,700 participants dressed as warriors, cavalry, ladies troops etc including orchestra and marching bands parade around the castle. The whole parade stretches for 3km within the city. More than two hundred thousand tourists come to see this festival. There are many food stalls in Castle Park to enjoy.