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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 state outside of visitor hours.