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Odawara Castle

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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
+81 465-22-3818
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All reviews edo period japanese history top level train station sakura season lovely place to visit historical items worth a visit view of the ocean close proximity english explanations souvenir shop various places serene place lots of history history lesson full bloom
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We walked around and did not have time to go inside the castle itself, but enjoyed our evening stroll as the sun set. Much more impressive than I was expecting.

Thank JCHigham
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beautiful castle has been rebuilt from scratch several years ago. Obviously it has lost its essence and authenticity but it still worth it! The information inside is mainly in Japanese and the few information available in English is not well written and not enough...More

Thank Aurélie D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is no doubt a magnificent site to behold, but I was very upset by the majestic monkeys who were kept in a tiny dirty cage with very little entertainment. Their conditions were in stark contrast to the beautiful surroundings where there is lush...More

Thank nannaventer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can be easily reached. A very cool Japanese castle. Not very large and the tower house is located at the highest point of the site. Free-of-charge till you get inside the Castle Tower. With nice sitting areas on the fields inside the castle wall. Very...More

Thank ambamb8
Reviewed 30 August 2018

We stopped here on the way back from Hakone to Tokyo, as the castle was only less than 10 mins walk from the Odawara Station. The interior is a recent reconstruction, but unlike many other similar castles, the rooms feel spacious and there is an...More

Thank Hikooki
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped here coincidentaly on our way back from Hakone national park. Are we glad we did! Even compered to other castles we’ve seen during the trip (and we’ve seen many!), this was our top three favorite. It has an impressive view from the top...More

Thank norex2
Reviewed 8 August 2018 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 31 July 2018

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

Thank Kabukijuul
Reviewed 29 July 2018 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

Thank Trail792690
Reviewed 24 July 2018 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
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7 October 2018|
Response from Angel T | Reviewed this property |
1.5-2 hours should be okay :) it's quite big so you'll have to walk a bit to explore the grounds.
27 September 2018|
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Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
I asked similar questions when I visited and was told by an employee that “The monkeys” are well cared for daily by the caretakers. They are monitored by environmental resources and allowed to interact freely in a natural... More
12 August 2017|
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Response from Waron S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They have English brochure and everything artifact has short English description.