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
Very nice Japanese castle with a lot of history.
One of the 12 still very original remaining castles in Japan.
Absolutely recommended to go there. Awesome view and history here.
Absolutely enjoyed it here, nice atmosphere.
5.0a week ago
Stairs stairs and stairs.... It seems like no end stairs, but it's worth it. The castle seems to bring you back to the old time to shogun and samurai era. Looking outside from the castle you can see breath taking surrounding scenery.
3.02 months ago
It's kind of good. There is promise of this beautiful lakeside to relax with views of the castle, but I didn't find it. I didn't go inside any of the buildings or museums because I had too many backpacks to fit or enjoy.
It costs 800¥ for adult entrance (300¥ for kids?). Steep paths.
5.0a week ago
Lots of steep steps to climb to get to the castle so please wear suitable shoes. The ground can be a bit muddy too. However, the view of the castle and its surroundings are worth the walk. Plus, if you time your visit right, you get to meet Hikonyan! His schedule for the day is available online and also posted in some locations in town.
Also had tea at a tea house on the grounds before exploring the garden area. Gorgeous and worth the admittance fee.
4.03 months ago
Hikone castle is a historical building in the town with the same name, where the original keep is still intact. I came here during autumn. The fall foliage gave a perfect compliment to this impressive castle with its stone wall and double moats. Don't miss it whenever you are in Shiga.
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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"
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.
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.