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Odawara Castle

6-1 Jonai, Odawara 250-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 465-22-3818
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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 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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6-1 Jonai, Odawara 250-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
+81 465-22-3818
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful castle, good walk, there is a kids park however it was shut the day we went due to I think it was upgrading the park. We didn’t go up in the castle as it was beautiful to see from the outside but if you...More

Thank jen k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's about two hour trip from Tokyo station. Either JR line at Shinagawa or Odakyu line at Shinjyuku, you can visit Odawara. One of famous castle, Odawara-jyo, 5 min from the station is easy access. When you walk along the sea line, you will find...More

Thank masanori136
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my parents here when they came to Japan to see something other than gardens, shrines and temples. Also as they were not going to osaka or nagoya where there are really famous castles. this was easily accessible, good to learn about the local...More

1  Thank johntaro
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This castle is beautiful and easy to find. Just 10 minutes walk from the Odawara station, the admission fee is reasonable for 500 yen (about $5). Inside the castle are lots of very interesting artifacts of historical values. Once you get to the top level,...More

Thank phalanxye
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

It was rainy, but it turned out to be good because we were keeping away from the crowded sightseeing. It is worth 500 yen for admission fee.

Thank 2800PDA
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The castle is really nice, and so are the gardens. It was pretty busy though, and sadly most of the info was not translated into any other languages besides Japanese. You could dress up in a kimono, or as a samurai or ninja, which was...More

1  Thank l0llylala
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

So the castle is beautiful, but we only saw the outside of it. In the souvenirs store though they offer Samurai costumes for the kids to dress up and take pictures. With the castle in the background, those pictures come out great! Kiddos loved it!

Thank FlyWithKids
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Visited the castle on a recent trip with my family to Japan. The grounds are fun to explore and really beautiful. The Walk through the castle is a great cultural and history lesson. Most everything is in English and if it isn't Google translate can...More

Thank Lydia R
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This was one of the least interesting castles I have seen in Japan. It's not bad and you will enjoy it, but it's not worth any extra effort to see unless you've never seen a castle in Japan. It was also pretty crowded with foreign...More

Thank Voodew
Reviewed 29 June 2017

A very good spot in a wonderful and quiet park. The museum inside the castle is worth a visit as it describes the prosperous history of the region and the House of Shoguns who controlled the castle. The park is free and is located nearby...More

1  Thank corrysp
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12 August 2017|
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Response from J_YANG_HK | Reviewed this property |
I remember there's pamphlet with mulitple languages. But unfortunately not English display.
Sal M
30 December 2014|
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Response from Ken050 | 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