(Annually-January 2nd & 3rd)
It’s a long distance marathon relay race done by university teams. It is broadcast on all the TV networks in Japan. Hakone, Japan
It is a huge event!
You can watch it live by lining up along Route 1 in Odawara or by watching it from one of the streets along the route in Hakone.
Odawara’s Plum Festival
(When: Beginning of February-Beginning of March)
The cherry blossoms get all the fame, but the plum blossoms all around Odawara, Minamiashigarashi and Shimosoga, are beautiful too.
Odawara Kamaboko Cherry Blossom Festival
(When: Late March)
Come and see Odawara’s fantastic kamaboki cherry blossoms!
Odawara Oden Festival
Try many interesting Japanese street foods at this festival that has traditional dancing, music and more, in front of Odawara Castle.
Odawara Houjyodai Festival
When: May 3rd
Ajisai Hanashobu Festival
All June long
Odawara Lantern Festival
Late July – Early August
Odawara Fireworks Festival (Sakawagawa)
First Saturday in August at the Sakawa River in Odawara.
Castle Built in 1 Night Festival
Daruma Doll Market