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Odawara Castle

6-1 Jonai, Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0014, Japan
+81 465-22-3818
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Ranked #3 of 29 Attractions in Odawara
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Kawasaki, Japan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Typical Japanese castle reconstructed in modern times and it's more like a museum shaped like a castle, rather than the centuries-old original, which was torn down after the Meiji Restoration. Nevertheless, it is a good place to study history. The only eye candy was the red bridge that crosses the moat.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We were staying in Yokohama and wanted to venture out from the city, so decided to do a day trip to Odawara. We had to catch three trains, including the shinkansen (bullet train) which was a bit of an adventure. Odawara castle is an easy walk from the train station and walking through the grounds was lovely, although there was... More

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Although the castle is fairly authentic on the outside, the interior is contemporary construction with exhibit space displaying objects from the time the castle was occupied. As such, if you were hoping to see an original interior you will be disappointed. The surrounding grounds are nice but. not worth a special trip. For the real deal head for Hakone Castle.

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Fort Hood, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is such a great castle! It is a such a gem of Japanese culture and a wonderful piece of history. My whole family truly enjoyed this castle. We are a large family and were with a big group. The castle handled the crowd with ease. There are several sets of stairs both inside and outside. So, if you can... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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270 reviews 270 reviews
115 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A lovely place to visit. And also, this is an replica of the original. Noted with that, the Spring season of Sakura is lovely and the Autumn season of red leaves is just as nice.

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Yokohama, Japan
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Cherry blossom blooms awesomely. There are many people drinking and eating outside of the castle to celebrate. It's a great atmosphere for this season.

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Columbus, Georgia
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236 reviews 236 reviews
99 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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146 helpful votes 146 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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7 reviews 7 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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