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Address: 1-1 Konki-cho,, Hikone 522-0061 , Shiga Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 749-22-2742
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This is by far the best attraction in Hikone and well worth the trip to get there. We stayed in Hikone, but its an easy train trip from Kyoto and other places as a day trip. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Lancefield, Australia
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Lancefield, Australia
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is by far the best attraction in Hikone and well worth the trip to get there. We stayed in Hikone, but its an easy train trip from Kyoto and other places as a day trip. The main three story wooden castle is surrounded by several detached outlying towers, all of which are worth a visit for their spectacular wooden... More 

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New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A short train ride from our base in Kyoto took us to Hikone and the site of one of the best castles in Japan. It is one of four listed as a national treasure and one of only 12 considered to still be original. The castle itself is a short walk from the train station and on the day we... More 

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FO
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This castle is smaller and less impressive than the one in Himeji but it is an excellent example of Japanese castles. It is easily seen on the top of a hill near the train station. There is lots of space in the inner moat. This is worth a stop. It is only 90 minutes by train from Osaka and about... More 

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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This castle is one of the 5 best historic castles in Japan, and has a unique entrance and moat. Great during cherry blossom season, but good year round to get the feel of what things were like during the Edo period. This was not a luxury place and live was hard. Not even the castle master had central heating.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The absolutely magnificent monument of past time defense structure. It preserved in original condition, with moats, walls, turrets, gates and steps. The Hikone is hilltop castle and the Hikone town is not large and hasn't great high buildings, so the castle is seen from any point and dominant as hundreds years before. From the top of castle hill it is... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is one of the few castles left in Japan that are largely original, and is usually ranked as one of the top 3 castles in Japan. It sits atop a hill with 360 degree views--an excellent defensive position. Fortunately, the castle never saw battle. The "donjon" in the "honmaru" is a beautiful structure with a number of unique features... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Lovely original building. We visited during the Cherry blossom and the gardens looked beautiful. It didn't matter that we had rain, it was still excellent for photos and relaxing too.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Really nice castle, easy access from the train station, very well preserved and wonderful views from the castle on Biwa lake and surrounding countryside. It is possible tovisit the turret at the top, but there are no exhibits inside and stairways are very steep. this creates a bottleneck for the visitors, so the turret visit easily turns into a long... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

The castle is deceptively high and the steps up to it are quite steep but the panorama from the top is very special. Hikone might seem small but gazing out from the castle shows that there is quite a lot to it. The castle has been well preserved and the gardens are very beautiful, particularly during cherry blossom season.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

48 min by train outside of kyoto and the best collection of cherry blossoms I seen on my whole trip (tokyo, kyoto) Great museums, friendly locals, special local delicacies (fish from lake biwa) and the property is breathtaking. Also you get to go inside the castle!! Be prepared for a bit of a walk around the huge property and to... More 

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Additional Information about Hikone Castle

Address: 1-1 Konki-cho,, Hikone 522-0061, Shiga Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 749-22-2742
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Shiga Prefecture  >  Hikone
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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