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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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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Great Views, especially in Autumn

One of the four National Tresures (Castles) in Japan. The views are great and the adjacent garden is awesome..

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the four National Tresures (Castles) in Japan. The views are great and the adjacent garden is awesome..

Thank Thuku
Cairns, Australia
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29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I finally had the opportunity to visit Hikone castle while on the way to Nagoya. It was a spur of the moment decision after I spoke to a friend who lives in Shiga. I arrived to a nice layer of snow which was also unexpected and a bit cold but I completely enjoyed exploring the castle grounds and interior. No... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

One of 4 national treasures castles in Japan. Great stories about the history with the Ii family. Loved it.

Thank AdK00
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Hikone city is a small castle town where you will be able to see some few things like this castle which is a nice castle at the top of a small hill. Hikone city is a nice place to visit and it won't take you more than half a day to know almost everything of this small city.

Thank Raul C
Eureka, California
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58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We spent 2 beautiful days at Hikone in April and loved everything about the city and castle. We chose to visit this castle because it’s one of only 4 castles listed as national treasures of Japan. The other reviewers have done a good job describing the grounds and castle, so here I’ll focus on other things. On our first day,... More 

Thank eurmac
Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Hikone Castle is one of Japan's 12 original castles, with an interesting construction history, unique structural features, and an extremely cute cat mascot. However, it seems to be visited mostly by domestic tourists, and hence not all the exhibits are explained in English. It can be reached via a simple, if somewhat lengthy, train ride from Kyoto station (a JR... More 

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

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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118 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

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 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

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 

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