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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 not so big, but very clean and looked dignified. Genkyu-en with my next-door neighbor was good. On the day on weekdays because visitors were below average or "hikonyan's" also and other friends for some time, to walk with me and was quite meaningful Hikone Castle sightseeing.
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  • Good summer time of cherry blossoms fall and new year's day in other seasons visited the Castle several times the stairs are steep, so caution is required choose shoes are excellent so hard
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  • Hikonyan's on I went to see. Prior to Hikone Castle site hikonyan's appearance schedule and headed out. On the day time for appearance of the Museum from 13:30. I thought I'm in a museum because it was over 30 degrees on the weekend of July was out. 10 minutes, starting with care staff were "here hikonyan's is the exit temp for hydration. "And there was a guide. I like ~. Is tight during the day exceed 30 degrees to. Changing the product to have on hand for 10 minutes (tool holders were) want to pose and smile? In the staff. We become invisible little by little as you exit and very tasty. Too much pointing a bold performance but forgive just smiled.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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