The Odawara Castle – One of Japan’s Best Places to Visit
The Odawara Castle in Japan is currently being restored with the work expected to be finished within weeks so there is a chance that you will not be able to see the inside of the Castle. But you will still find great beauty in the surrounding park area that the castle has been built on. You will be able to see lots of architecture as well as history lessons you can find to read especially if you have an interest in the history of Japan– this is the place to go. The castle and its grounds are beautiful with many interesting things to see in this area only about a 10 to 15-minute walk from the Odawara station.
Odawara Castle Park
This will be the way to get to the Odawara Castle Park. After buying tickets you will enter 2 large gates, then climb steep stairs. Here you can take a self-tour through halls filled with artifacts from the edo times which has a lot of history. These are lovely gardens and grounds to walk through.
Currently with the castle closed, another beautiful place to visit is the conservatory of Natural History Museum. You will be able to see:
- Types of rock and crystal formations
- Terrestrial body of an Iron meteorite
- Stuffed animals
- Skeletons of Paleolithic giants
- Transformation of a butterfly from a cocoon
The collection of rock and crystal formations is date back to over millions of years. Just inside the lobby there stands a very large grizzly brown stuffed bear. These are just two of the many items to see at this breathtaking conservatory.
Hours and Prices
This museum is opened from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with the entrance fee for ages 20 to 64 being only JPY510. They offer discounts for groups and they also have special rates for teenagers 15 to 19, High School students and visitors 65 or older. Most people who write reviews of this visit say that the museum turned out to be much better than expected with boys loving the dinosaurs section.
This is an excellent area to visit especially at the end of April when the Odawara Castle has finished its restoration.