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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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  • Castles here is not only the Castle Tower, you can see her and every single one of, save the firm maintained a thought. And a steep staircase of the Tower of Castle left from the old building useful. And rather in the castle restaurant and is a turnoff. And part of the entire castle grounds and nature, to explore. Bellman's can't go outside the Castle floor. But like now in veranda, looking out from the window of openness. It will go out if blowing in the wind, while enjoying a little thrill views perfect and thought it was.
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  • We went there literally because of Hikonyan. It was a quiet, beautiful, local place. Great view of Lake Biwa from the top of the castle. Great place to relax. On the way uphill, we stopped at a tea ho...  more »
  • It owes its survival to an emperor who made his home in transit during his travels to the Japan. This same emperor was yet to destroy all others. It is a wooden structure as there are only 6 to the Japan. The view of the region and Lake Biwa is beautiful. Take the time to make a turn in the garden against the bottom. It is worth to him alone. Then direction the shopping street nearby using the push grows near the entrance of the Castle. The area around Lake biwa are not located near the Castle. It's a road that borders the Lake. So, do not move it believing have a dock or a pontoon to stroll by the water. This is a mall that is there.
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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.