Hikone Castle

Sightseeing information about Hikone Castle in Japan.


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Hikone Castle, built in early 17th century, is one of the few castles in Japan that retains 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 castle's mascot "Hikonyan", a cat sporting a samurai helmet.

Access : a 15-min walk from Hikone Sta.

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4.02 weeks ago

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5.0a year 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.

5.07 months ago

a really beautiful scenic landscape of the city when around the castle grounds. the castle is very intricate and beautiful from all angles. a very picturesque place if you love to visit and observe castles and old structures. the garden there is quite pretty, not out of the ordinary i find. highly recommended to visit once you are in the region. it is also not very crowded so i was able to snap many pictures easily. if you like japanese history, this is also the place for you.

4.011 months ago

Established in 1622, this castle complex is now almost 400 years old. Try to visit early in the day, or late to avoid crowds. Be prepared to climb to enjoy the best views the castle has to offer.

4.06 months ago

Although not as good as Himeji Castle, the scenery is okay. There are parks around, you can stroll around leisurely

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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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