Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle: Hours, Address, Odawara Castle Reviews: 4/5

Odawara Castle
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Odawara Castle is a symbol of Odwara City. It was as an impregnable castle owned by the Hojo clan, the samurai family who governed Kanto region for about a century from the end of 15th century. Since then, the castle became a reserve for Hakone and Tokaido route and functioned as a cornerstone of defense in the region. The castle has reopened in May 2016 after the completion of a seismic retrofit and renewal of the exhibition inside.
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand120 contributions
Closest Castle to Tokyo and worth a stop off
Nov 2020
Easy to get to from Odawara train station. 10 minutes walk and you're there.
The grounds are lovely with some huge trees.
The castle is restored and well kept with displays of Samurai armour, swords and well documented literature (but some in only Japanese).
It may not be the biggest Castle in Japan but I really enjoyed the visit.
Written November 17, 2020
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YY Y
Sydney, Australia55 contributions
There is air conditioning inside
Sep 2019
Thanks for the castle. We got to know a lot about the local history.

The air conditioning inside is really bonus, it allows us to be able to spend more time to enjoy the tour. (some castles in Japan don't have air-con due to the age and structure of the castle, it is super warm in summer).
Written August 16, 2020
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EuroEri
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan364 contributions
Beautiful castle, grounds, and museum artifacts
Jul 2020 • Family
A easy and fun place to tour around. We drove and had a easy and close parking lot to the castle. Inside the castle walls there is plenty of restrooms, a restaurant, vending machines and things to do. Castle was nicely made into a tour with artifacts. The Samurai museum was small but neat too. The theater portion was a amazing show. Ninja area currently closed (guessing due to covid?!)
Written July 11, 2020
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Piotr S
Krakow, Poland242 contributions
Medieval castle in Odawara
Mar 2020
I was there in the evening, unfortunately, the castle was closed at that time. Anyway, even from outside castle looks great. It is built on the hill, about 500 meters from the Odawara station, so it is easily accessible from shinkansen. It is enough to left the station using east exit, turn right and look searching for the Castle :-). Building itself makes a huge impression. It perfectly composes with the surrounding trees. A few years ago I was also inside and I promise - it is worth entering.
Written March 17, 2020
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Greg N
12 contributions
Odawara Castle
Apr 2019
Odawara Castle is the third tallest of ten castles in Japan. It's about 800 meters from the train station. A nice walk with directions to get to the castle. Best time ti visit, I think is the end of March. There is over 35,000 cherry trees in bloom. The castle is a lot of walking and sorry, does not have wheel chair access. The castle is five stories tall with a museum inside and both in Japanese and English. There is a cell phone app that you can log into and get a better description of the exhibits. Well worth the day trip. The gift shop is cash only. The town also has events at the base of the castle each month, Check to see what is availalble each month.
Written March 4, 2020
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Johnny R
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada90 contributions
Castle Lover
Feb 2020 • Solo
Odawara is a short 25 minute Shinkansen ride from Tokyo station and about a 10 minute easy walk from Odawara station. The 3 tier 5 story castle is beautifully surrounded by cherry trees
Written February 12, 2020
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Geeess
Rome, Italy2,196 contributions
Somethings missing
Dec 2019
This is an important castle, close to Hakone and the nearest to Tokyo. It was a well defended castle on the Tokaido when the Hojo clan held off the unifying forces of the Shogun. The castle was rebuilt after damage and destruction more recently and offers good views from the top of the tower. It’s a steep climb though and costs yen 510. The samurai museum combined ticket costs 610. However, it looks quite sleepy and effete unless teh cherry blossoms or autumn colours are visible
Written January 2, 2020
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sheen125
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
hidden gem
Dec 2019
Visited Odawara Castle after a few hectic days in Tokyo. It was a pleasant escape from the pace & noise of Shinjuku. It is a lovely older area with some very quaint shops. We used this is as a stop point for a quick bullet train adventure from Tokyo. The Castle is amazing, albeit with a lot of stairs, but the view at the end is beautiful.
Written December 27, 2019
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Creativemishmash
Adelaide, Australia29 contributions
Piece of history
Dec 2019
The interactive ninja museum was worth the 300 yen entrance fee. We're adults and had just as much fun as the kids running around. There's not a lot of English but the staff tried where they could.

The samurai museum was interesting.

The views from the top of the tower were beautiful.

We spent a couple of hours there on our way back home from Hakone.
Written December 26, 2019
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xtin08
Cebu City, Philippines64 contributions
perfect castle near station
Oct 2019
We had a quick visit to odawara from hakone going back to tokyo. We only get to visit the castle and the mall near the station. It is a short walk from the station. And we really enjoyed going up the castle and looking at the historical displays inside.
Written December 6, 2019
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