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Address: 1-1 Konki-cho,, Hikone 522-0061 , Shiga Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 749-22-2742
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Beautiful castle off the beaten track

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW 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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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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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Not as big as Himeji, but beautiful. Good views of the Biwa lake. Don't miss the garden and the 3 storey turret, as most people tend to do.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A pretty spectacular castle perches on a hill overlooking the lake and surrounding valley. The layout reflects the virtual fortress that the castle was for its 400+ years of existence. Beautiful moats surround the castle and the adjacent garden is quite pretty. A perfect spot for a picnic lunch on one the benches and that is exactly what we did... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We really wanted to visit one of the Japanese castles that had original structuring, and so we made a special trip to Hikone. This was SO WORTH IT. It was an incredible experience. The way the wood smelled, and the views, you really felt like you were back in the period of the samurai. The entire castle was kept empty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

There are not many tourists in Hikone, the castle as well, I felt relax and peaceful when travelling the Hikone Castle. Although it's small, it's easy to visit around. It would be nice if visit here during Sakura season and red leaves season.

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Vellinge, Skåne Län, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

About an hour with train from Kyoto, Hikone is a smaller town, than the others we visited in Japan, but that was not a problem. On the contrary people were interested in us an asked where we came from and so on. The castle is not difficult to find, it´s justastraight aheadwalk from the station. On the way you can... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Decided to head here mid afternoon on a beautiful sunny Sunday, hoping that most of the crowds would have got their early. As soon as we arrived on the JR train and walked out of the station it was easy to see in the distance. Had a nice stroll to it about 1.6km, bit of a hike up some stairs... More 

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Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Hikone Castle is lovely- it's nestled atop a hill and lit up at night. The climb up is steep but quick. It offers great views of Hikone and Biwako. During the spring the grounds are covered in Cherry Blossoms (very beautiful). Surrounding areas often feature festivals and other events. It's about 600 Yen to enter but that also provides access... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Hikone Castle is one of twelve original existed castles and a National Treasure of Japan. Originally Hikone Castle stood about 2 km away when Ishida Mitsunari was the lord of the castle. As he was defeated in the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 the castle was forfeited. Ii Naomasa, one of four distinguished generals in the Tokugawa Allied Forces was... More 

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