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Hikone Castle, Hikone

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Enjoy a visit to the complex of Hikone Castle, hailed as being one of the best preserved castles in Japan. The castle, largely intact since its completion in 1622, sits perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Biwa. Admire the historic building, designated a National Treasure, and climb the stairs to the third floor for panoramic views of the lake and surroundings. While touring the castle premises, you can also pay a visit to the museum to observe an array of relics from the past, or take a walk in the scenic gardens, which boast an ornamental pond and nine bridges. Our Hikone trip itinerary maker makes visiting Hikone Castle and other Hikone attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Hikone Castle was very nice. Was a Blizzard, but it is a photo opportunity. Snow day so taken to the borrow wood cane at the entrance. Foreigners are also those who have fallen so much pain, that. The go stop along the way, there is a tea room. Pass a 500 yen with tea cake. Memories of the trip.
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  • For those who love historical site, castles and gardens, this attraction is perfect. Not many tourists during our visit, and our family had a really great time in the snowy Genkyuen garden. Lots of wa...  more »
  • Out of Japan's national treasures Castle 5 is one of the Castle Tower of Hikone Castle. Full parking lot located near the front gate ticket office is visited in the morning at the end of the car, and headed for Castle. Is a little climb there arrive in just a few minutes from the front office to the tower. It is a beautiful, clean appearance, such as roofs with gable gable and gable. Inside are offered many guns and arrows between. Overlooking Lake Biwa, Hikone city from the top of the shop owner. Many Tower Castle in addition to being designated as a and half an hour to recommend that turns over about 2 hours. Also, speaking of Hikone, "hikonyan's '. Time to plane to it show up hours are posted. 3 in one day-I think it was about 4 times.
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  • I spent a lot of time wandering around this castle and the grounds when I lived in the area back in the early 00s and it really is a very lovely place. And unlike many others that have been rebuilt, this one is old and authentic. And a great place for hanami.
  • Small castle but very authentic. The museum is interesting though not very big. The garden is also quite nice. Walk through the plum orchard during the off season and you'll have the place almost to yourself. It's a lovely walk around to the gardens.
  • Charming little castle with attached stroll-around-a-pond garden, also charming. Worth a visit, except if you're only on a short trip, when it's probably not worth effectively devoting a day to.
  • I really loved my visit at Hikone Castle. Surrounded by a beautiful park, the Castle provides beautiful views over Hikone and over to Lake Biwa. You will need to walk some steps uphill though :-)
  • One of the most beautiful castle of ancient medieval Japan. Amazing that the effort that went into building this place.