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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5.0a month 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.

5.02 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!

5.03 months 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 month ago

A very special place fully surrounded by cherry blossom trees. The castle might not be as impressive as others but it is a national treasure that feels real. The views of lake Biwa from the top are beautiful.

4.0a month ago

Quiet place, but so hard to visit. Invested a whole day to visit here from Kyoto. Castle itself is not an epic one, compared to other famous ones in Japan. Surrounded by quiet town-not a tourist town.

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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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