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“castle outside, museum inside!!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle
6-1 Jonai, Odawara 250-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 465-22-3818
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Ranked #3 of 29 Attractions in Odawara
4.0 of 5 stars 240 Reviews
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Medan, Indonesia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“castle outside, museum inside!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

the ticket price is about 400 yen, don't expect to see original buliding shape there. All you can expect is museum, the samurai armor are cool.. The building is quite small, you can buy souvenirs on the top floor (no elevator). I bought a set of chopstick with katana shape, nice souvenirs!!

Visited December 2014
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Kawasaki, Japan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“It's okay but......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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.

Visited November 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 attraction reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our visit”
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 a lot of construction going on at the time.

Odawara is the first Japanese castle I had visited and I was expecting it to be completely authentic. What we found was a replica of the original with a new, contemporary inside with displays. Having said that we found the displays really interesting and gained a good overview of the history of the original castle and the surrounding area.

We also discovered a rather lovely restaurant in the castle grounds. Service was excellent and we enjoyed a great authentic Japanese lunch....complete with sake, yum! ;-)

While not completely authentic I do think it's worth a visit if you are in Odawara.

Visited October 2014
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San Diego, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Newer On The Inside”
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.

Visited October 2014
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Fort Hood, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“For all ages, as long as you can walk distances and stairs”
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 not capable of walking then this may not be the place for you. The landscaping and the museum are all very well done. I could have done without the locked up, smelly monkeys.

Visited June 2014
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