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Review of Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 March 2012

Beautiful on the outside, but also an interesting museum about the area and samurai life on the inside. Great panoramic views from the top of the donjon.

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Reviewed 24 February 2012

While visiting a friend in Japan, she wanted to take me to this beautiful castle. Although, sadly, the original castle was destroyed during WWII, the newly build castle is beautifully and traditionally constructed. I was happy to find that many of the signs on the items in the museum sections were also translated into English. The views of the surrounding area and ocean are incredible. I think it was worth the afternoon detour to Odawara to visit the castle, the adjacent shrine, and enjoy some ramen!

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Reviewed 23 February 2012

it's not the real McCoy....
The monkeys are cool though.

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Reviewed 29 December 2011

After living in Japan for nearly 12 years and visiting numerous other castles throughout Japan, I enjoyed visiting another castle in Japan, but found it to be lacking in comparison to other castles I had visited. There isn't much to see within the castle walls and then there's the view from the top of the castle. The castle grounds appear to be more of a park for people to walk around and enjoy the weather than learn something of what once was. To further degrade the experience, a small amusement park for kids was constructed for children. I hate to say it, but it's a cheap tourist attraction that's only good if you need to burn an hour or so of your time.

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Reviewed 8 June 2010

I came here on my way to a hot spring trip in Hakone. I didn't know much about the place before I came and just wanted somewhere to spend the morning.

Odawara Castle really took me by surprise. The castle isn't real; it was rebuilt in 1960 but the inside has been made into a museum on the events in the area. There were lots of exhibits of personal items from the Edo period and also lots of cool samurai outfits and weapons, standards etc. There were helpful explainations of the main characters and events of the area and then on the top floor you could look out and see where the events had taken place.

There is a decent and reasonably priced restaurant in the grounds and a place where you can hire samurai costumes or geisha outfits- of course it's touristy but everyone just had fun with it.

Overall, a great place to spend a couple of hours if you're interested in the history of the area.

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