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.
5.010 months ago
The Castle was a great unexpected stop. The day after the October 2019 Typhoon. We where trying to get to Mt Fuji but do the the damage to the rail lines, Odawara was the very last stop south of Tokyo. Getting a chance to see a small town in Japan and by the see made it worth the try. The view the atmosphere was amazing.
4.07 months ago
Worth spending time and visiting. The Samurai museum was very special. Small, but take your time. I would go back for that alone. The view from atop the castle was beautiful. Fun to imagine the historical landscape.
4.08 months ago
Nice, full of interesting historical stuff. Easy and quick to visit. The best was probably the samurai museum, worth it that 100¥ more.
5.011 months 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.
5.09 months ago
My wife and I went to the illumination event recently. It was truly and experience to see the cherry blossoms illuminated at nights. And the magnificent castle is definitely a must see.