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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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  • Do you wonder if visiting this castle is worthwhile? The structure of castle is nice but its rooms are empty. To reach the upper floor you have to climb some very steep stairs and this make the visit ...  more »
  • Uncrowded and best viewed during cherry blossom time. Travelled as a (mature age Australian foodie) couple to Japan in April/May 2017 - extensively by JR rail, air BnB Tokyo, hotels elsewhere.  more »
  • There are only a few ancient castle left in Japan, and Hikonejo is one of it, it's applying the World heritage now. The amazing castle located in the mountain, with a gorgeous view including the Biwa ...  more »
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  • Wonderful sightseeing location in a beautiful town. Definitely worth a visit. The line for the castle entry can be up to 3hrs wait just to get inside the castle. If you want to just take pictures from outside it is not necessary to stand in line.
  • This is one of the original castle in Japan, listed as one of the national treasure. This castle is beautiful although it's size is small. The view from this castle is stunning too, you won't miss it. There is english pamphlet given at the entrance.
  • Beautiful castle with a very large garden. The keep itself is quite small but the interior woodwork is fantastically intricate. The view is nothing too squander either.
  • A great and peaceful castle which was never experienced war. Ticket is ¥1000 which is more pricy than Himeji.
  • THE tourist attraction that is holding Hikone city together. On its own, the castle Tower, museum, and Genkyuu-en are not particularly extraordinary(you could feel the Tenshukaku is more exciting than other castles because of its steep ladder...) but combined they provide a good day's entertainment for any family. I'd say, for a tourist spot of its size the place is not foreigner friendly, but as it is a historic site you can manage without hands-on foreigner guidance. Five star location in Kansai, I would recommend it to anyone who has already toured some of the other famous places like Osaka, Kyoto and Himeji and has another day to spend.