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Hikone Castle

Address: 1-1 Konki-cho,, Hikone 522-0061 , Shiga Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 749-22-2742
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Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Hikone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Edmonton, Canada
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234 reviews 234 reviews
39 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'd been in Kyoto for almost a month and decided to take a day trip up to HIkone on the western side of Lake Biwa, I'd been to Otsu a couple of times and Hikone lays off in the haze almost out of view. You can either get there via the JR Line direct to Hikone from Kyoto Station (... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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Liverpool, 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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