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Hikone Castle

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Address: 1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061 , Shiga Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 749-22-2742
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beautiful castle

I loved this castle in Hikone, I visited during sakura time and there where a lot of blossom as usual in Japan. Also the short walk to arrive at the castle from the station is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bologna, Italia
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Bologna, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this castle in Hikone, I visited during sakura time and there where a lot of blossom as usual in Japan. Also the short walk to arrive at the castle from the station is very nice and I really really loved Hikonian the manga of the castle. It's a perfect half day trip from Kyoto or you can visit... More 

Thank Melly80
Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I really loved my visit at Hikone Castle. Surrounded by a beautiful park, the Castle provides beautiful views over Hikone and over to Lake Biwa. You will need to walk some steps uphill though :-)

Thank Michel_1982
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

The castle you can see from the pictures. Pretty. You can catch a (minor) hiccup in how they left a pylon & yellow tape under a tree in one of the pics (only a problem if perfectionist about taking pictures), but otherwise the place made for a good walk. Accessing it was easy. Got there as a day-trip from Kyoto.... More 

Thank Kat T
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Unlike many of the other castles which have been reconstructed, Hikone Castle remains largely intact and original. It's up a low hill and from the top you get a good view of the surrounding area. The castle itself is not very big and the interior is basic. I did not have time to wander the gardens.

Thank jchong
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

The castle is lovely but so is the house and garden below and the museum was very interesting so it's worth it to do all three things. The museum has some incredible samurai swords and also some beautiful Noh masks. We visited during the cherry blossom season and the castle seemed surrounded by a sea of pink. Incidentally the stairs... More 

Thank Jennifer S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

It takes 15-20 minutes walk to the castle from the hikone station. Before reaching the castle you can see beautiful pond and garden. Enjoy the nice view before entering the castle. The stairs inside are incredibly steep, but after you climb up to the upper floor, you can see the beautiful lake biwa through the small window.

Thank happywong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Despite staying in Osaka, I decided to choose Hikone rather than Osaka castle as I know Hikone although smaller but it would provide me the "travel to the past" feeling with the lessor crowd. During some part of the visit, you can be alone at certain part and imagining you are the samurai staying in the castle or compound.

Thank Wilson_SG
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

As other reviews point out, Hikone castle is one of the original 12 Japanese castles that are not reconstructed. In fact, it is also one of the "National Treasures" of Japan. It sits on top of a hill (short hike), and it offers excellent view of Lake Biwa. I think the combo ticket (covering castle, museum, and garden) is worth... More 

Thank Knightwind
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

On my way back from Shiga outlet, decided to visit Hikone castle, even though I knew the blossoms were over. As I arrived at 4pm, there weren't many people around, whichi is very nice. Even though it's also a National heritage site, it's not as grand as Himeji or Matsumoto castle. But it does have a nice setting on top... More 

Thank Jessica H
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We visited Hikone Castle two years ago, smack in the middle of the summer, en-route to Kyoto from Osaka. Hikone castle is only 1 of 5 original castles that are also designated as national treasures. We took a taxi to the castle ground from the station, and hiked up the stone stairs to the ticket gate, and then to the... More 

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