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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Airport/Sta.Chubu Centrair International Airport (about 69.1km) Google Transit
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3.02 weeks 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.
4.03 weeks 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.
5.02 months ago
Great example of one of the remaining 12 original castles in Japan. Between the castle and associated buildings and the gardens you can easily spend 3-4 hours here. Lots of uneven stairs and paths to climb so you need to be able to move OK.
5.05 months 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.
5.02 months ago
We arrived at ard 330pm and we were lucky to avoid the crowds that some other patrons faced so we were very relieved and enjoyed our visit very much because it was leisurely and peaceful. It is a lovely castle, well preserved and climbing the large steps was fun.
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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.