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Odawara Castle, Odawara

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Castle Historic Site
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. A visit to Odawara Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Odawara trip itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • the castle itself was interesting enough, but part of the attraction is a tiny, crowded, disgusting monkey cage. It was dirty and the monkeys looked miserable. Honestly seeing it was depressing and ma...  more »
  • Nice architecture. Please wear comfortable shoes. Its a long walk from the parking area to the castle. The display was nice and informative. The view from top of the tower is picture perfect  more »
  • The street next to castle is probably the best place in japan to see cherry blossom. While you can skip the castle but street next to castle is amazing. Calm and small town away from busy city; a stay...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing place to visit. The little tea garden/ park made for some really beautiful photos. One could easily spend years touring Japan, and just visiting castles!
  • This was our first Japanese castle so we loved it. It's one of the 100 Fine Castles of Japan, although it is a reconstruction, not the original. It is also one of the ten highest castles with good views from the top on a sunny day. Interesting history and monkeys in the huge 'cage' in the plaza.
  • Pretty cool castle to visit. It's small enough to do a short trip to and has beautiful views of cherry blossoms in the spring. Very affordable to visit. Admissions were 500 yen per person when I visited.