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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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Beautiful and original

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 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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Ottawa
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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