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The park is a park, nothing al that special, but the bridges are really nice I think. There's a newly built smaller bridge, which is in a natural wood color. Not sure if they intend to paint it red like the others but I really...More
The castle itself is not terribly impressive, but it is pretty, and the grounds are pretty and relaxing to walk around. It's a great free activity to kill an hour on your way to Hakone.
Tips: Odawara Station has large lockers where you can store...More
My husband and I lived in Odawara for 15 years (1983 to 1998) and walked through Odawara Castle on numerous occasions. Great festivals there at different times of the year, a beautifully maintained castle, and lovely walks. Very close to the center of town.
The castle park also has a children’s amusement section with a small train circling that area. The castle is beautifully maintained. I saw the summer festival and thoroughly enjoyed a day there. Lots of entertainment and food booths (during the festival).
Visited 1st week of April and the cherry blossoms were gorgeous! Short walk to the castle. The castle itself was closed for repairs during our visit, but the grounds we're open to explore with food and ice cream vendors- with cherry blossom ice cream available....More