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

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 NEW

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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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
90 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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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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35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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