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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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  • We wanted to see an original Jaoanese castle. Many have burnt down or been turned into museums and we saw Hikone is original. All the reviews sort of dismissed it as it is small, so we didn't expect m...  more »
  • In the cherry flowering end of the city, although not to see the cherry flower but saw the performance of the root of the cat is not wrong, the distance from the bus station about 15~20 clock, advice to eat a long walk.
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  • As the castle is built on top of a hill, visitors need to be prepared to walk and climb the stairs that lead to the castle itself. However, you will be rewarded with the beautiful scenery surrounding ...  more »
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  • One of the few preserved (not rebuilt) castles in Japan. Lovely wooden interiors. Careful: the steps are extremely steep, almost like a ladder but somehow more difficult to use, and there's a lot of stairs inside the building. The way up to the building is also pretty steep. The surrounding garden is beautiful, but also has some paths that are relatively steep. But if steep doesn't scare you, this is a very nice castle to visit, and it has an extremely cool mascot with a jingle that won't get out of your head for weeks.
  • Really enjoyed Hikone castle. It is quite a hike uphill once you enter the grounds. Nice garden as well we has the unfortunately occurrence of visiting the weekend of culture day holiday and there was a 2 he wait to get to the top. Very nice views of the surrounding area.
  • One of the twelve castles in Japan with the original "tenshu" tower/main building. A very nice place to spend the afternoon walking. The guard houses are interesting. Great views of the city and Lake Biwa. Much to learn here.
  • Hikone Castle is the best! Literature and culture on this place , you will experience the best of Japan's Castle including Hikone. This my best favorite castle and this is my first time i visit here!
  • Beautiful, but small original castle with great views over the city. It is extremely crowded on weekends and there is a wait to slowly get to the top. Signage in English is limited to the grounds only. Signage and artifacts inside are minimal, so the reason to go through the castle is for views, which are partially obscured through fingerprinted and scratched polycarbonate windows. A bit pricey at 1000¥ for the castle, grounds, and gallery. (The museum is an additional 500¥.) Definitely still worth the visit for castle lovers.

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