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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: Historic Sites, Parks, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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260 reviews 260 reviews
115 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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
19 reviews 19 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
89 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
64 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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Lomma, Sweden
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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