Odano Castle 小田野城
Founder Odano clan
Year around 1587
Type Hilltop
Condition Ruins
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Location Hachioji, Tokyo
Map Google Map
Access Takao Station (Chuo Line), 10 min bus for Kawaharajuku Ohashi, 18 minute walk
Visited April 15, 2016
Visitor Info. Park, open any time. There is a fence along the side of the park with a gate, that should not be locked, indicating that you can go through it. | Time Required: 30 mins
Notes A short and easy stop along with Hachioji Castle and/or Jofukuji Castle. It's probably ok to visit any time of the year. The castle is designated a National Historical Landmark as part of the Hachioji Castle complex.
History Odano Castle is often claimed to have been built by the Odano clan, who were vassals of Hojo Ujiteru, but there is no actual historical evidence to support this. It was built as a satellite fortification of Hachioji Castle to watch over the Jinba Kaido highway. In 1590 it was taken by Uesugi Kagekatsu just before the attack on Hachioji Castle.

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Hachioji, Tokyo
Odano Castle views
Honmaru bailey entrance Tunnel under the ruins
Valley east of the castle Trench near the entrance
Trench and earthworks Honmaru entrance
Honmaru, main bailey Honmaru embankment
Honmaru embankment Honmaru, main bailey