Oda Castle Ruins

Southern Ibaraki

Castles/Historical Sites

Oda Castle was the residence of the Oda clan, an incredibly influential family in the area from the 12th to 17th centuries. Currently, only the ruins of the castle remain.

At the time, the Imperial Court was divided into the Northern Court in present-day Kyoto and the Southern Court in present-day Nara Prefecture. The castle was the regional headquarters for the Southern Court during the Nanboku-cho period (1336-1392), a time of conflict between the two courts, and is a designated national historic site.

During the 20th century, the center of the castle was bisected by the tracks of the Tsukuba Railway.

After Tsukuba Railway became defunct in 1987, almost the entire line was re-developed into Tsukuba Ring Ring Road. The section of the tracks that bisected Oda Castle is separate from the route but was modified to go around outside the ruins. However, the railway tracks remain a passage cut and feature a cross-section view of the earthwork.

The railway earthwork and moat remain part of the castle ruins and are preserved as a historic park. The information center has exhibits in the style of historical scroll paintings and excavated artifacts, which can be viewed for free.


Ibaraki, Tsukuba, Oda 2377
Public Transportation: Take the Tsuku-Bus Oda Shuttle from Tsukuba Station for 60 minutes, alight at Oda Chubu, and walk on foot for 5 minutes
Take the bus from Tsuchiura Station for 30 minutes, alight at Oda, and walk on foot for 10 minutes
Car: 15 minutes from the Tsuchiura-Kita IC on the Joban Expressway
Business Hours
9:00-16:30 (Information Center)
Closed: Every Monday, the day after a national holiday, and the New Year holidays
Please park at a nearby parking lot.


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