Odawara Castle, Odawara

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See the historical 15th-century stronghold of Odawara Castle, reconstructed in 1960 to its former glory. Surrounded by sakura (cherry) trees in the nearby park, the concrete castle contains a museum with a fine collection of ancient artifacts, weapons, and armors. The castle fell many times under siege throughout the centuries, but now the stout structure draws scores of tourists (as well as monkeys). Should you wish to purchase a souvenir, visit the nearby gift shops. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Odawara trip simple and quick.
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  • It’s a very pretty castle with lots of history. Even though we already knew it’s a replica, still can’t help to be a little disappointed when we saw the very modern interior. Despite so, we enjoyed al...  more »
  • Visit the Castle than an hour would suffice, but the exhibition, see Hōjō five generations of the exhibition and was said nicely over time. Knowing the background view from the Castle, but knowing the history all the more fun.
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  • Was a stronghold of the Hōjō clan, the castle in 1417. Castle is demolished at the Meiji era. Current Castle is in 1960, was restored in the RC structure. I hope that proceeded further recovery in the wooden buildings of the area, including.
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  • Beautiful castle! The grounds around the castle are beautiful and well maintained. I loved all the old trees, and flower gardens. Inside tour I thought was well constructed and informative. Great view from the top also.
  • To see a glimpse of the history around Odawara, definitely stop by this castle. The keep itself costs money to enter, but there is so much more to see in the castle grounds, garden, and moat for free. There is also a costume rental place where you can dress in samurai armor, ninja outfit, or a kimono for only ¥300 a person (or ¥200 per child under 12). You can wear it and take pictures for ten minutes.
  • Primarily a museum, the outside is breathtaking and the inside is educational. While they have English pamphlets the signage within the museum is almost entirely Japanese. That being said the views are breathtaking from the observation deck on the top floor and it's absolutely worth the price of admission.
  • The gardens are nice , however the inside of the castle is renovated and transformed into a museum. Everything looks so new, it does not fit to my image of an old castle. In the gardens you have the option to dress into samurai cloths or in kimonos and have some pictures taken. Really nice for families.
  • Like many of the other castles in Japan, Odawara castle is not the original building, but a 20th century reconstruction. That's fine. And the exterior and the grounds are beautiful and well worth the visit. The interior however is an uninspired museum. It is filled with artifacts recovered from the ruins of the original castle, though, which would be great, except that the foreign language support in the museum is execrable. With the 2020 Olympics in the horizon, places like Odawara castle really need to up their game. I can only speak for the English language support, but what little there is (usually an exhibit title, and about 5 paragraphs spread throughout the five floors of the museum) is so poorly translated as to be incomprehensible. The English guide brochure only offers the broadest overview. I love museums, and I want to know what the artifacts I'm looking at are, and how they were recovered. I want to know the specific history of the site. Odawara castle is an easy day trip from Tokyo, but if it really wants to impress the people coming from outside Japan, it has to do better.

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Where to stay in Odawara

You can find a couple of accommodation options in the city of Odawara, clustered around the train station and generally offering basic lodgings. Most visitors, however, choose to stay in nearby Hakone, where they have easy access to the numerous onsen resorts and spas, as well as the national park and its hiking trails. If you opt for lodgings in Hakone, you can choose from a wide variety of choices--and prices--ranging from traditional Japanese ryokans and dormitory-style rooms, to large resorts and modern, Western-style hotels.
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