Hikone Castle

Sightseeing information about Hikone Castle in Japan.


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This castle, completed in early 17th century, is one of few castles in Japan that retain many of its original buildings. Although the interior of the castle keep is relatively small and the wooden steps are very steep, a magnificent view of Lake Biwa from the top is rewarding. There are a guardhouse, a three-story watch tower, and a museum that are worth visiting.

This is a beautiful castle to visit in any season, but spring is the best with more than 1,000 cherry trees laden with blossoms. Visitors will perhaps meet the mascot Hikonyan, a cat sporting a samurai helmet.

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5.02 weeks ago

Fantastic castle to visit! Heritage site and much of it is original! Very beautiful garden and sights with a lot of information in English. Would recommend to Museum too.

The steps in the castle are quite steep and there is a climb from the bottom so be careful if you have mobility issues or are wearing short pants/skirt.

4.0a week ago

Good deal if you get the package. Short line. Nothing inside the castle except stairs. Stairs are steep but have handrails. Difficult if you have small children. Gorgeous view from the top.

5.02 months ago

Well worth the visit to this beautiful place. Great views!! The staff was friendly and informative. The architecture and grounds are just amazing. I recommend a visit if you like historical sites.

4.03 weeks ago

Great place, with a pretty garden. I recommand to take the entry garden+castle to visit the castle outside and inside together. There is not to much to see in the castle but it's interesting to see how it has been construct.

5.03 months ago

It's gorgeous and one of the few original castles still left. If you're into history then it's a truly must-see place. Complete with wonderful views and grounds. Just be prepared to climb a pretty steep path to enjoy it!

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(Highlights of this tour) ・Visit beautiful Hikone's castle keep (National Treasure), turrets (Important Cultural Assets), and see magnificent stone walls and deep moats ・Stroll around a feudal lord's garden which boast...

(Highlights of this tour)
・Visit beautiful Hikone's castle keep (National Treasure), turrets
(Important Cultural Assets), and see magnificent stone walls and deep moats
・Stroll around a feudal lord's garden which boasts a breathtaking beauty
・Visit the Hikone Castle Museum
・Explore the old Hikone castle town and visit the temple complex and local   shrines
・Shop and eat on the street called "Yume (Dream) Kyobashi Castle Road"

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Genkyuen Garden: If you visit Hikone castle, please do not miss going Genkyuen Garden. This gargen is one of the typical traditional landscape gardens. It was designed so that visitors can enjoy the view while walking around the pond.

Genkyuen Garden:
If you visit Hikone castle, please do not miss going Genkyuen Garden.
This gargen is one of the typical traditional landscape gardens. It was designed so that visitors can enjoy the view while walking around the pond.

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