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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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  • October 4, 2017
    It costs 1,000yen to enter the area. Firstly, you have to fight more than 120 steps from the entrance to Hikone castle. It's really hard. In the castle, there are also some steep flight of stairs, alm...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    It is a castle visit 2 times but still vigorous. We won't detail here and there look good there. I love buildings much like fortress and Castle thrilling is Hikone Castle. Tower is a national treasure here, including 5城 but beautiful castle in itself has value, large moats and stone walls and beautiful, lit up at night and near the moat. Light up the season of cherry blossoms at night is not odd, beautiful.  Daytime evening anytime visiting can be moved. Without admission fee is taken is worth it because the long-awaited visit, let's see.
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  • October 2, 2017
    In the area around Lake Biwa of Baumkuchen, Hikone Castle can not be omitted. When this happens in the Hikone Castle hikonyan going to want to see two issue is. One hikonyan's 3:00 after less than in early have to go. Another very high admission fee. In Japan the highest entrance fee?
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  • May 8, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    One of the few wood castles in Japan. If yoy are interested in Japanese castles you must see this. Not too crowded, but be prepared to walk, as it is on the top of the hill.
  • March 31, 2017
    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.
  • March 7, 2017
    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.
  • May 25, 2017
    A great and peaceful castle which was never experienced war. Ticket is ¥1000 which is more pricy than Himeji.

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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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