Odawara Castle was built in the 15th century by Daimyo Hojo Soun. It was demolished by the Meji government in the 19th century. It was rebuilt in 1960 and today the 5-story castle sits on the top of a hill that overlooks Odawara.
Inside the castle there are exhibits on the history of the building as well as exhibitions of armor and swords. The top floor offers a beautiful view of the park and the surrounding city. The castle is also famous for its cherry blossoms and many other flowers, including plum blossoms, azaleas, hydrangeas and lotus blossoms. There is a ninja museum on the castle grounds. There is also a small samurai museum there.
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