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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...more
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6-1 Jonai, Odawara 250-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It would have been better if I could have read anything.. I would have enjoyed all the interesting things displayed..

Thank Some_Random _
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to stop in Odawara station to change trains on the way to Hakone if you are using a Japan Rail pass. This castle is only a 15 minute easy walk from the station. Good if you have extra time and the sky is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic restoration project and building. It is mostly a museum dedicated to the mediaeval history of Japan, which makes sense given that it’s a castle. The restaurant just outside the castle is also pretty good. Sadly, I missed out as detailed information on signs...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining when we visited and they even had a discount on rainy days! We stayed there for around 1.5hrs, not a big castle, unlike Osaka Castle.

Thank Mic C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are an avid lover of Samurai and the history of the shogunate, then this castle offers a glimpse of their collection. It is quite a small museum on an expansive ground. Nothing much, really.

Thank Jessica V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Odawara Castle is Odawara's iconic symbol and is a "thing of beauty" particularly on a sunny day, as it photographs beautifully under the sun. It's an easy day out trip from Tokyo. From the station, you can walk along Ohoribata Street, right from the station...More

Thank Rito I A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting and definitely worth the visit if you’re in the area. A lot of care has been taken to preserve the site which is great to see.

Thank Hakim T
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Odawara Castle, like so many other castles in Japan, is typical. It's there, a nice place to see, but nothing really stands out as being magnificent. I truly expected to see a more serene place, more peaceful and better kept, but hey, its the way...More

3  Thank Frank B
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

Arriving at the station, we decided to go to the Odowara Castle, only 10 min walk. Ones we arrived, we say the beautiful castle. We were a little bit disappointed as it’s not an original castle. Nice to see, but that’s it. We were the...More

1  Thank Pcvn89
Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

The inside of the castle is converted to a museum. It’s nice, but it’s just the same as the other castles in Japan. If you’ve never been to any castle in Japan maybe you should visit this castle but somehow if you’ve been to the...More

2  Thank Waron S
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August 11, 2017|
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Response from Waron S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They have English brochure and everything artifact has short English description.
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December 29, 2014|
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Response from kencoutts | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a limited amount of parking in the Castle precinct . Think the cost was about US$10 for 3 hours or it might have been 4 hours. There is also parking about 400-500 metres away and this was where our buses... More