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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. Make Hikone Castle part of your personalized Hikone itinerary using our Hikone trip tool .
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  • Hikonyan and want to see if HP in check. Yesterday appeared 3 times. X3 time is 30 minutes. Also direct Tigers and increasingly crowded free tour of the Castle. Please afford at the time.
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  • National treasures in Japan not only five extant castle keep. (In 12's existence, out of national treasure 5 5 pieces) harsh world after the battle of Sekigahara climb with the intention of attacking children with steep climb immediately following cul-de-sac Castle double emphasis will be on the defensive, made of stone, and many times done?.
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  • Hikone Castle looked smaller, usually into Nagoya Castle and Osaka Castle also look a lot so. But I think that remains from this time is valuable.
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  • One of the few preserved (not rebuilt) castles in Japan. Lovely wooden interiors. Careful: the steps are extremely steep, almost like a ladder but somehow more difficult to use, and there's a lot of stairs inside the building. The way up to the building is also pretty steep. The surrounding garden is beautiful, but also has some paths that are relatively steep. But if steep doesn't scare you, this is a very nice castle to visit, and it has an extremely cool mascot with a jingle that won't get out of your head for weeks.
  • Really enjoyed Hikone castle. It is quite a hike uphill once you enter the grounds. Nice garden as well we has the unfortunately occurrence of visiting the weekend of culture day holiday and there was a 2 he wait to get to the top. Very nice views of the surrounding area.
  • Hikone Castle is the best! Literature and culture on this place , you will experience the best of Japan's Castle including Hikone. This my best favorite castle and this is my first time i visit here!
  • Beautiful, but small original castle with great views over the city. It is extremely crowded on weekends and there is a wait to slowly get to the top. Signage in English is limited to the grounds only. Signage and artifacts inside are minimal, so the reason to go through the castle is for views, which are partially obscured through fingerprinted and scratched polycarbonate windows. A bit pricey at 1000¥ for the castle, grounds, and gallery. (The museum is an additional 500¥.) Definitely still worth the visit for castle lovers.
  • Do you know Hikonyan? She is a "kawaii" cute cat of Hikone and Hikone castle, one of the most authentic castles in Japan. Don't worry you can not visit there because it is too far from your home. You can receive lovely new year's greeting card from her if you send your own ahead to the address of this castle at every year end. I guess cards from overseas are not problem. But be careful because she doesn't understand foreign language very well. I think English is the best choice to get her love.

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Where to stay in Hikone

Few international travelers stay the night in Hikone, with most electing to see the castle, admire the lake, and be on their way. Three hours from the capital, and one from Kyoto, Hikone visits usually come as part of a trip from the capital to Kyoto, or a day trip from the latter. Those that do opt to stay in Hikone can choose from a good number of standard hotels between the main train station and the castle grounds, as well as some more characterful, traditional ryokans around the district of Kawara to the south.
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