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Odawara Castle, Odawara
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Odawara Castle is a landmark in the city of Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.HistoryOdawara was a stronghold of the Doi clan during the Kamakura period, and a fortified residence built by their collateral branch, the Kobayakawa clan stood on the approximate site of the present castle. After the Uesugi Zenshū Revolt of 1416, Odawara came under the control of the Omori clan of Suruga.They were in turn defeated by Ise Moritoki of Izu, founder of the Late Hōjō clan in 1495. Five generations of the Late Hōjō clan improved and expanded on the fortifications of Odawara Castle as the center of their domains, which encompassed most of the Kantō region.During the Muromachi period, Odawara Castle had very strong defenses, as it was situated on a hill, surrounded by moats with water on the low side, and dry ditches on the hill side, with banks, walls and cliffs located all around the castle, enabling the defenders to repel attacks by the great warriors Uesugi Kenshin in 1561 and Takeda Shingen in 1569. However, during the Battle of Odawara in 1590, Toyotomi Hideyoshi forced the surrender of the Late Hōjō clan through a combination of a three-month siege and bluff. After ordering most of the fortifications destroyed, he awarded the holdings of the Late Hōjō to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
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  • It is a Museum using was once used as an elementary school. To learn about the history of Odawara. Appearance is different from the Odawara Castle and I felt good.
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  • So go to Odawara Castle, the Castle Tower and set fee is affordable. I think it goes to visit before entering the Odawara Castle in the preparation and understanding of the Castle.
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  • Many wear with an exhibition of Odawara Castle was at Odawara Castle and set ticket, was that while I finished watching. It may be just the Castle?
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  • Odawara Castle is the closest Japanese Castle to Tokyo! If you're planning to visit Hakone then stop by first to Odawara to visit this castle! The castle is basically a museum inside and there's a lot of information about the fall of the Hojo clan, how the Great Kantō Earthquake destroyed the castle, and how it was rebuilt. It also has a lot of great artifacts such as armours and swords of their samurai, etc.! I highly recommend this place since you'll learn a lot here!
  • Nice well rebuilt castle. If you are in Odawara it's worth a look, but I wouldn't go out of your way for it unless you really like castles. The displays inside are good, but if you cannot read Japanese you will find the explanations lacking
  • This was a great place to stop by. I didn't have long and made a quick walk to the park and castle from the Odawara train station. Nice park with I'm sure much more than I was able to see. I came in the back way. They have a small amusement park for kids nearby.
  • Beautiful place to visit don't forget to rent tge nenja or the samurai costume hhh
  • Great castle with a great history and a great view from the top. Must visit place if you are near Odawara.