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Hikone Castle

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Address: 1-1 Konki-cho,, Hikone 522-0061 , Shiga Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 749-22-2742
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Very interesting, but prepare your legs

There is a lot of stairs to climb, but the view worths it. The place is very big and there is a very good view of the biggest lake in Japan. The garden is also very beautiful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
Luiz D
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Castle seems to be in a very good shape. Very beautiful indeed. They must have done a good restoration job. At some times in the day, Hikone mascot "Hiko-Nyan" will appear at the entrance of the castle. It is a pretty long rocky stairs climb to reach the Hikone castle from the entrance. Many Japanese seems to carry a... More 

Thank Ray A
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39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be honest, as someone who is afraid of heights, I got scared climbing up the almost completely vertical stairs inside the castle! But the castle grounds itself were really beautiful and the castle is kept in meticulous condition. The Japanese gardens out the back entrance of the castle were spectacular. Hikone Castle is very easily accessible from Kyoto. We... More 

Thank Taberushikanai
Almunecar, Spain
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99 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hikone it's a city close to Biwa Lake, nihon ichiban. Hikone castle it's one of the four castles designated as a national treasure. Perfect to spend 2-3 hours.

Thank Anjes P
Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As one of the few original castles left in Japan, Hikone Castle should be on your itinerary if you are passing by. The castle itself is relatively small with only 3 levels, but the castle grounds are pretty extensive, with lots of walking and stairs climbing involved. Allow about 2hours to comfortably explore the area, including the castle museum. While... More 

Thank brkit
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43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had been to many castle but this seems to be the most physical challenging. On route to the castle, there are no proper steps. Just a incline route with rocks to be use as steps. However, seeing the number of elderly Japanese going up, how can we not do it too! Next, to climb up to the top of the... More 

Thank Cheong O
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111 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

There is a lot of stairs to climb, but the view worths it. The place is very big and there is a very good view of the biggest lake in Japan. The garden is also very beautiful.

Thank Luiz D
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Great place to spend a few hours. The steps inside are very steep but the castle has magnificent views. The grounds and river offer relaxing scenery.

Thank Brian W
Chennai (Madras), India
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

It was my first time visiting a Japanese castle and it was quite unexpected. Well, it was exactly like a castle that you would see in the Tenchu games and it was fantastic. The steep steps, the hidden rooms, the teppo zama that were used as the castle's hardpoints and the view from the top most floor of the castle...... More 

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47 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Loved this little castle, especially because I got to see Hiko-nyan in action! He was the cutest city mascot I've seen, and he shows up in the castle grounds for a few times in a day. The walk to the castle was tiring, though the climb was not steep. The view at the top was really special, overlooking Lake Biwa.... More 

Thank cfaa
Phoenix, AZ
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69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The castle is over a kilometer walk from the JR station in Hikone. Once in the grounds there are some steep walks up to the main castle building entrance and then ladders to climb inside. The architecture and history are interesting (English brochures available) and there are great views of the surrounding area. The grounds have some nice trees and... More 

Thank Janet-with-kids

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