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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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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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Phoenix, AZ
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65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The castle is over a kilometer walk from the JR station in Hikone. Once in the grounds there are some steep walks up to the main castle building entrance and then ladders to climb inside. The architecture and history are interesting (English brochures available) and there are great views of the surrounding area. The grounds have some nice trees and... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Hikone Castle and grounds were simply beautiful. Unfortunately I didn't give myself much time here and I didn't get to see inside as the line was too long.

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Lancefield, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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 10 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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 9 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 68 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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