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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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  • The time of cherry blossoms, turned out 4/8. Until the 4/20 cherry tree are directed to the outside of the moat a little farther parking, municipal parking lot for Festival events, close to the Castle will be closed. One day is 400 Yen. Hikone Castle is Castle 410 events, 12/2017 takes the admission fee: 1000 yen for adults. Together with adjacent Museum 500 yen required 1500 yen. Cospa is little? Because the great atmosphere of the Castle, but I feel like history is please come bigwigs. To climb the Tower stairs inside the angle of 45 degrees (? ) Was back, giving up long steep for the elderly and knees are bad people. Also, and not only one climbing up stairs for restricted depending on the crowded, but to make a triumphal entry wait more than 30 minutes prepared requires.
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  • 如果想要繞琵琶湖一週的話,彥根城周圍是蠻適合停留的中途點,城外周邊有一些不錯的餐廳,可以吃到近江牛以及地雞料理,護城河邊的櫻花很美麗,城本身最大的賣點應該試彥根喵了,上到天守的樓梯有點陡,景觀倒是普通。  more »
  • We stayed overnight in Hikone so we could explore it properly without being rushed to catch the train back to Kyoto. On hindsight, we could have done it as a day trip, but still it was worth being in ...  more »
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  • The castle is lovely and a bit different from other Japanese castles. From the upper storeys you have a great view over lake Biwa. It is worth a visit. And do not forget to go to the garden which is included in the entrance fee; it's quite nice, too.
  • Japanese castles are always majestic built on the hill top, and protected from attacks. Each one has its own amazing history, and I even performed Misogi (spirit cleansing) Jo-Kata here on the ground.
  • One of the 12 original castle. Splendid. The Japanese garden next to it is absolutely stunning.
  • Fantastic original castle and great views of the surrounding town, lake, and mountains.
  • If visit in Kyoto, you can use Kansai area pass to have a one day tour here in Hikone. You also can rent a bicycle just near Hikone JR station and enjoy whole day around Hikone castle.