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Odawara Castle

6-1 Jonai, Odawara 250-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 465-22-3818
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Odawara Castle is a symbol of Odwara City. It was as an impregnable castle owned by the Hojo clan, the samurai family who governed Kanto region for about a century from the end of 15th century. Since then, the castle became a reserve for Hakone and Tokaido route and functioned as a cornerstone of defense in the region. The castle has reopened in May 2016 after the completion of a seismic retrofit and renewal of the exhibition inside.
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6-1 Jonai, Odawara 250-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 465-22-3818
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

It was rainy, but it turned out to be good because we were keeping away from the crowded sightseeing. It is worth 500 yen for admission fee.

Thank 2800PDA
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The castle is really nice, and so are the gardens. It was pretty busy though, and sadly most of the info was not translated into any other languages besides Japanese. You could dress up in a kimono, or as a samurai or ninja, which was...More

1  Thank l0llylala
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

So the castle is beautiful, but we only saw the outside of it. In the souvenirs store though they offer Samurai costumes for the kids to dress up and take pictures. With the castle in the background, those pictures come out great! Kiddos loved it!

Thank FlyWithKids
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Visited the castle on a recent trip with my family to Japan. The grounds are fun to explore and really beautiful. The Walk through the castle is a great cultural and history lesson. Most everything is in English and if it isn't Google translate can...More

Thank Lydia R
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This was one of the least interesting castles I have seen in Japan. It's not bad and you will enjoy it, but it's not worth any extra effort to see unless you've never seen a castle in Japan. It was also pretty crowded with foreign...More

Thank Voodew
Reviewed 29 June 2017

A very good spot in a wonderful and quiet park. The museum inside the castle is worth a visit as it describes the prosperous history of the region and the House of Shoguns who controlled the castle. The park is free and is located nearby...More

1  Thank corrysp
Reviewed 19 June 2017

As I know that it is not the original castle, so I plan just a short visit. It is not too far from the train station. You can walk by 15-20min. Nice environmental, no entry fee. (I didn't go inside the castle) If you go...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

the castle itself was interesting enough, but part of the attraction is a tiny, crowded, disgusting monkey cage. It was dirty and the monkeys looked miserable. Honestly seeing it was depressing and made me want a refund for my ticket. Imprisoning animals in terrible conditions...More

3  Thank Heather T
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Nice architecture. Please wear comfortable shoes. Its a long walk from the parking area to the castle. The display was nice and informative. The view from top of the tower is picture perfect

Thank Tony K
Reviewed 29 April 2017

The street next to castle is probably the best place in japan to see cherry blossom. While you can skip the castle but street next to castle is amazing. Calm and small town away from busy city; a stay overnight is definitely recommended

Thank chawlaanshu
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12 August 2017|
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Response from J_YANG_HK | Reviewed this property |
I remember there's pamphlet with mulitple languages. But unfortunately not English display.
Sal M
30 December 2014|
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Response from Ken050 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a limited amount of parking in the Castle precinct . Think the cost was about US$10 for 3 hours or it might have been 4 hours. There is also parking about 400-500 metres away and this was where our buses... More