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Hikone Castle, Hikone

Enjoy a visit to the complex of Hikone Castle, hailed as being one of the best preserved castles in Japan. The castle, largely intact since its completion in 1622, sits perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Biwa. Admire the historic building, designated a National Treasure, and climb the stairs to the third floor for panoramic views of the lake and surroundings. While touring the castle premises, you can also pay a visit to the museum to observe an array of relics from the past, or take a walk in the scenic gardens, which boast an ornamental pond and nine bridges. Make Hikone Castle part of your personalized Hikone itinerary using our Hikone trip tool .
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  • Hikone Castle had been built since 1603. Initially it was a Buddhist Temple dated back to 1080 as a pilgrimage site in worshiping Kannon. This significant structure of Edo period was one of the...  more »
  • After Hemiji this is very small but still very nice. Lack of description in other languages is a pity.  more »
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  • Great example of one of the remaining 12 original castles in Japan. Between the castle and associated buildings and the gardens you can easily spend 3-4 hours here. Lots of uneven stairs and paths to climb so you need to be able to move OK.
  • A designated national treasure & one of key castles in Japan. It’s a well preserved wooden superstructure, but extremely steep to climb the stairs inside the main castle tower. It’s fairly well maintained, gorgeous & yet peaceful to walk around inside. It’s a good place to have a panoramic city view & watch the sunset.
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