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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5.04 weeks ago
Another breathtaking Castle in Japan.
Be prepared to walk plenty, but it sure is worth it. Definitely not suitable for wheelchair access. Lots of steps and walking up and down stairs. Wear shoes that are easy to take off for access into the castle.
The stone work is magical.
The views are amongst the best I've ever seen.
There isn't much English written around, but it doesn't matter. Definitely worth putting on the must see list.
4.0in the last week
A designated national treasure & one of key castles in Japan. It’s a well preserved wooden superstructure, but extremely steep to climb the stairs inside the main castle tower. It’s fairly well maintained, gorgeous & yet peaceful to walk around inside. It’s a good place to have a panoramic city view & watch the sunset.
5.0a month ago
Amazing!! It does take a bit of climbing, first you climb a little hill (they provide you with a walking stick if needed, we went without one and got up fine). Then when you get into the castle, there are extremely steep stairs(!!!) You literally have to climb. But the view you get on the top is amazing!! You can also visit the Gardens with the ticket, the Gardens are quite big and very beautiful. There are benches to sit and relax on everywhere
5.03 months ago
This is the only remaining Japanese castle that was not destroyed during a war. It is large and like other castles, it offers a great view of its surroundings. Nearby is a garden and inside there is an elevator to take you upstairs. Then you can walk downstairs to see everyhing of the castle. There is a lot of space onside, but care for your head when walking down or up the stairs as these are taller and smaller for your feet.
5.06 months ago
Truly a great place. One of the few original remaining castle towers. The grounds are fantastic full of well preserved castle structures. There's a little bit of a uphill walk but it's worth it. The view of Hikone from the top is unbeatable. Then on the backside there's a great little garden. Would recommend if you want to get away from the bustle of Kyoto.
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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.