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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 24 attractions in Odawara
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Tokyo
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
90 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This was not what I expected as I thought I would find an old dusty relic. It was bright and beautiful and well cared for. There were not many people there and so we could stroll around it and take in all the history. It is about five levels high but the bathrooms are on the ground floor. There is... More

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Kaaawa, Hawaii
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

A must see when in the Odawara Area... We got there Early on a Saturday Morning... And we were one of the 1st ones there... Got to take LOTS of Pictures with Nobody in the Background... The Museum at the Top of the Stairs is GREAT with Lots of OLD Samurai Gear and Old Historical Documents... Do yourself a Favor... More

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Bath, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Our family loved it. It's interesting, even if you can't read Japanese. Lots of steps, artifacts, floors, and a reasonable gift shop and incredibly view from the top. The castle even has a moat with Koi fish you can feed.

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Chigasaki, Japan
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Odawara Castle, otherwise known as Odawara-jo, is a beautifully restored bastion of the Hojo Clan, and is an immensely historical site that has seen the change of many Japanese political eras. Now, there is a museum inside that houses samurai weapons and armor, as well as documents over 700 years old. It's just a pity that they updated the interior... More

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Lennox Head, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

wow, what an experience to climb each level of this magnificent castle. it is a museum now and each floor displays the history of the area and its people. you are not permitted to take photos inside. there is a small shop on the top level and the views are spectacular of the surrounding area, you can imagine the shogun... More

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