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Odawara Castle

6-1 Jonai, Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0014, Japan
+81 465-22-3818
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Ranked #2 of 27 attractions in Odawara
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Columbus, Georgia
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194 reviews 194 reviews
83 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A popular tourist location, it simply lacks the drama of what Westerners might expect from a castle. Plus, it's a replica; the original is down the road a mile or so. Don't plan more than an hour, even if you read every artifact explanation.

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Melbourne, Australia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
55 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We travelled to the Castle as a side tour from our planned holiday. we enjoyed the tour and the history

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Enjoyed the great views and the cultural artifacts. Felt that pictures without flash should have been allowed in the actual building. Lots of stray cats on the castle grounds. Absolutely beautiful gardens with Koi ponds. Saw the caged monkeys, just felt sorry for them. Still, very affordable and a good site to visit--pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the station. Great... More

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Cessnock, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This castle has a lot to offer. There are great views from the top and we were told that on a clear day, Mt Fuji can be seen from the top level. Inside the castle there were plenty of fascinating exhibits to stimulate your interests while outside the grounds are quite expansive with its massive solid gates & moats to... More

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Lomma, Sweden
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

An old samurai castle with a great view from up top. The castle is located on a hill within walking distance of the train station. Some of the Shinkansen trains stop here, so it only takes about 25 minutes by train from Tokyo. One can rent samurai clothes for about 200-300 yen for about 10 minutes. There is also a... More

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Tokyo
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We visited here before going back to Tokyo, after visiting Hakone. We spent there for 1.5 hour. We didn't expect much but very historical museum in the castle and did enjoy walking around castle park with lovely cherry blossom and plum trees. It is quite big place.

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The Hague
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Odawara Castle is well worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood. The view from the fifth floor balcony is particularly worthwhile. The park surrounding the Castle is also quite nice.

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Cairns, Australia
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176 reviews 176 reviews
112 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Just out of Odawara railway station and look to your right and you can see the castle on the top of the hill. Call into the Tourist information centre in Odawara Station and you will receive a great map of the area, discount vouchers to the castle and the lovely English speaking staff will guide you to the best entrance... More

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Sheffield
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

On a recent trip to Tokyo I wanted to incorporate a trip on the bullet train and a castle - Odawara is a destination that well covers both of those requirements. The castle iteslf is a reconstruction however it's still a dramatic sight. Inside there is a museum with artefacts from the history of the castle including traditional armour, swords... More

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Petaluma, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

The castle is a fairly short walk from Odawara Station. You can see it from the station as this castle is built upon a small hill offering a fairly nice view of it. There is a beautiful red bridge leading across the moat into the castle grounds and then a nice walk through the castle grounds to the Donjon. Inside... More

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