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Hikone Castle

1-1 Konki-cho,, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0061 , Japan
+81 749-22-2742
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Hikone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Museums
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Hikone castle is one of Japan's oldest extant castles. It is, of course, beautiful, well kept and easy to access. Entry was about Y1000 (including museum and castle). I'd recommend it to 'normal' tourists of Japan who might base themselves in Kyoto and could probably visit, Hikone, Azuchi and Enryakuji in one VERY full day. For Sengoku-jidai fans, it has... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The castle looks very nice from the outside and it is one of four national treasures. The castle is at the top of some slippery steps, if you have trouble walking it is not very accessible. After a few minutes you reach the keep. Obligatory removal of shoes is required before you take very steep stairs up to the top.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

we enjoyed our trip to Hikone castle, it has a beautiful back drop onto lake Biwa but if you think you will be able to take pictures you are mistaken, all the windows have a small mesh over them so you cannot take any pictures which is such a shame as it is a beautiful view. The castle itself is... More

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West Covina, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Went here during winter time. There was no crowd. The castle is truly majestic. There's a small hike, not too bad though and once you reach the top, where the castle is -- you get an amazing view of Hikone. The cherry blossoms were beautiful. No one really spoke English, but you can still get by. Everyone was friendly.

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Neptune, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I took the local train to Hikone and walked to the castle, museum and garden. Lucky for me the cherry blossoms were still in bloom and the weather was lovely. The hike up into the castle was steep in spots but worth it. Saw the mascot, and guards reenactment.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

It's not that big as Osaka Castle or Himeji, but it's nice little thing. We went there during the cheery blossom period, which really made it a great trip. The castle itself has only few floors, however you will enjoy walking around in the gardens and museum, plus the old shopping street nearby is also good. A short ride from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Another beauty - this one clearly built for battle and security with its double moat architecture and layout. Stairs up and down are really steep so hose with knee problems may want to take note. Be prepared for long queues on weekends as one jostles with locals alike for a piece of action in the castle. Hanami in the castle... More

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kuala lumpur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Located in the town of Hikone, Shiga, Japan the castle is truly outstanding and well preserved. Just amazing to see. Although Hikone is about 1.5 hours from Kyoto it certainly worth the visit.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

From Kanazawa, We travelled down south and made a stop at Nagahama city to enjoy the serene view of the great Biwa Lake. We stopped in front of the Nagahama station to see the statue of a war lord and a teen boy. This is the place where the war lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi met his future best and loyal general,... More

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KL, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Top 4 of the 12 Japanese original castles. A short 10 min walk from the hikone jr station, about 50 mins from Osaka station on the maibara line. There is a nice souvenir shop as you near the castle. It is a hilltop castle, so be prepared to climb. There are toilets at the foot of the hill, along the... More

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