Odawara Castle, located in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, is said to be originated in the early 15th century. It became the residence of the Odawara Hojo Clan at the end of the 15th century and since then it developed into the largest castle in the medieval Japan as their headquarters to rule the Kanto region. During the Sengoku Period, the castle had very strong defenses against other clans including Uesugi and Takeda and was called "the impregnable castle". After the Meiji Restoration (1868), all of the castle buildings were pulled down from 1870-1872, and the remaining stone fences were collapsed by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. The present Tenshukaku (castle tower) was rebuilt in 1960. Today, most of the Hon-maru (main enclosure), Ni-no-maru (outer citadel) and part of the So-gamae (outermost enclosure) are designated as Historic Sites of Japan, and the Odawara Castle Ruins Park was built on the site. Inside the Tenshukaku tower, you can see historical materials such as old documents, samurai armors and swords, and you can view the entire Sagami Bay from the top floor of the tower. There are other facilities including Odawara Castle Historical Museum (aka Ninja Museum), Tokiwagi-mon Gate Samurai Museum, and a local culture museum on site for further study about Odawara's history. You can also enjoy seasonal flowers such as cherry blossoms, wisterias, irises and plum blossoms in the park.
https://odawaracastle.com/ (Japanese - can be Google translated)
Guide map https://odawaracastle.com/castlepark/ (Japanese)
Purposeinstagrammable,Traditional folk,experience,Seasonal Flowers,cherry blossom viewing,History,sightseeing,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 66.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 weeks ago
One of the most beautiful Japanese castle.
We also found a cat hiding in the bush.
There are separate park for families.
You can also find the place where you can dress the costumes. Also there are monkeys.
5.06 months ago
Appreciated the English translations on many of the displays. The film in the samurai exhibit was especially good. We want to come back when the ninja experience portion is open!
5.02 months ago
Highly recommend visiting on the weekend. There were real monkeys at the site. There is a shop for kids to don costumes and role play. Great place for families to visit.
5.04 months ago
This was a great spot to learn about the Edo period. Very nice. My kids (3 & 2) enjoyed the view from the Castle and the Samurai museum
3.07 months ago
It’s great castle also amazing views each side!!
it was closed walking by the station,very convenient!
Just one thing makes me so curious,
Why So many monkeys Stuck in the small cages over there? They look so skinny&sad & Hot inside, even water doesn’t look so clean, it was so sad!!!
Hopefully they find a good solution for monkeys!