Odawara Castle Ruins Park (Odawara Joshi-koen)2.5
A city park, located in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, which was built on the site of Odawara Castle, surronding the site of the castle's Honmaru (main enclosure). Cherry blossom trees are planted on site, some of them being planted in the early Showa Period (around the 1930s), even before the Tenshukaku (castle tower) was restored in 1960, and this park has been selected as one of the 100 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Japan. They are amazing to see in full bloom from the late March to early April (in average year), especially along the avenue from the red Manabi-bashi Bridge toward the castle tower. In other seasons, you can also enjoy other flowers such as plums, azaleas, wisterias, irises, hydrangeas and lotuses. Other than historic sites including the castle tower, castle gates, the local culture museum and the Ninja museum, there is also a kids amusement park with a park train and other attractions for younger kids.
https://odawaracastle.com/ (Japanese - can be Google translated)
Guide map https://odawaracastle.com/castlepark/ (Japanese)
Purposeinstagrammable,Traditional folk,experience,kids,Seasonal Flowers,family,knows a lot about Japan,cherry blossom viewing,History,sightseeing,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 66.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.04 months ago
Historical sites..... there are wild monkeys running around as well. Jumping on roofs like ninjas. I would say take advantage of the ¥500 yen rent a costume to take some photo memories back with you. The historical videos are great with English captions. Just a great experience seeing old Japanese castle and village.
5.03 months ago
Recently remodeled Tower building with a nice layout and route that guides you through the very rich history of this Castle and the importance it played in the region. English translations for most of the exhibits and a few short movies to help you out! Grounds not too big, but big enough to make a nice afternoon day trip. Complete with a train ride and electric car rides for the kids when you're done. Highly recommended, only a couple hours from Tokyo!
5.09 months ago
Cool historical landmark. Beautiful inside the castle courtyards; there are even some monkeys to see. Cool place for taking some nice pictures. Only ¥500 yen to get in, and there are some interesting artifacts to check out. If you like history, would recommend, but even as someone who isn't a history buff, I still enjoyed it. On the top floor, you are also able to walk around on a balcony and see the water and city.
5.0a month ago
If you’re looking for a place to check out some Japanese history in a beautiful setting and beat the crowds, this is the spot for you! We couldn’t go into the castle or some of the areas because of the COVID-19 state of emergency but once it is lifted it will be back to normal again.
4.04 weeks ago
Really beautiful castle grounds and lovely cherry blossom trees. Only negative is the audio guide tour app doesn't work well at all. Ah well, that's what a history book is for!