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Hikone Castle

Travel Guide - Hikone Castle

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Hikone Castle was built in 1622 by Ii Naokatsu (Naotsugu) as the main castle for the Ii family who ruled as Daimyo domain lord over Hikone. It took about 20 years to complete the entire castle. Since much of it is original, Hikone Castle is rightly considered one of the finest remaining castles in Japan. There is a great view across the Lake Biwa-ko from the upper stories of the castle's Tenshu-kaku (dongon) which was completed in 1607. Today, the building is designated as a national treasure. The castle is surrounded by more than 1,000 cherry trees, making it a popular spot for Hanami (cherry blossom watching) activities in the spring.
Next to the castle's main gate is Hikone Castle Museum. Items on display came from the Ii family and include armor, Noh costumes, pottery and calligraphy.
The north side of the castle is Genkyu-en Garden. The beautiful Japanese garden expresses Omi-Hakkei - The best eight scenic views in Omi Province (today's Shiga prefecture). Entry to this garden is included in the admission ticket for the castle.
Hikone Castle is also famous for its mascot character called Hikonyan. The cute cat-based character wearing the Ii family's red helmet was born in 2007 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the castle. Hikonyan is one of the most popular Japanese "Yuru-chara" mascot characters.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 17:00

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Castle and Garden: 600 yen (General, Adult)
  • Castle and Garden: 200 yen (Child)
  • Museum: 500 yen (General, Adult)
  • Museum: 250 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from JR Hikone Station

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1-1, Konkicho, Hikone-shi, Shiga, 522-0061

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SHIKIBU @SHIKIBU_Automat - 2018-11-18
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SHIKIBU @SHIKIBU_Automat - 2018-11-18
Winter in Japan.(3)
- Hikone castle in Hikone city, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
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Yackie Lamb-baah @aLAMbgoesBAAH - 2018-11-18
2018.11.18 - More Autumn Leaf Illuminations!
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Japan Rail Pass @jrailpass - 2018-11-17
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Robert Day Travel @robertdaytravel - 2018-11-17
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Tammy @tammywjones - 2018-11-15
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Paradox, The Great @Astronomikal1 - 2018-11-12
Hikone Castle Moat. https://t.co/U6A2Vylv16
Photo Japan @PhotoJapanNews - 2018-11-11
Fall colors come to Genkyuen Garden in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. Note typhoon damage on Hikone Castle wall. https://t.co/zajEiDuS5y
らんぼちゃん @kohaku_no_yume - 2018-11-10
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omotenashi-cx @omotenashi_cx - 2018-11-07
A panorama of Hikone Castle - taken on a magical autumn day in Shiga Prefecture.

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sunafukin photo @sunafukin_photo - 2018-11-07
title:self-portrait
place:hikone castle
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lens:nikkor28mmf1.8 https://t.co/FyyG1EU2va
Isael Itsuki @Isael_itsuki - 2018-11-05
Tea house, Genkyu-en garden, Hikone Castle.
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ワンコスキー @wankosky2016 - 2018-11-05
Marugame castle of 12 existing castle towers. Stunning stone walls and Iino mountain is beautiful. Matsumoto, Kochi… https://t.co/UqKKSkCxsz
ワンコスキー @wankosky2016 - 2018-11-05
Marugame castle of 12 existing castle towers. Stunning stone walls and Iino mountain is beautiful. Matsumoto, Kochi… https://t.co/lbPgPkEXfA
すなふきん Sunafukin @d600hyde - 2018-11-04
I went to Hikone castle by motorbike. But the castle is too far!
すなふきん Sunafukin @d600hyde - 2018-11-04
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Alan Baker @notjustpensions - 2018-11-02
Genkyu-en garden and Hikone the early 17th century castle where it was designed to be viewed from #JapaneseGardens… https://t.co/5wMvXpXa8X
omotenashi-cx @omotenashi_cx - 2018-11-02
@rob_kendrew To find the time for a lengthy stay in Japan has been on my bucket list for a while. Just Loving it. S… https://t.co/TD1aA4m7Fo
クリス・グレン/ 11/8はポールマッカートニー名古屋ライブの日 @DJ_ChrisGlenn - 2018-11-02
Hikone Castle's Samurai Gardens, Genkyu-en

Samurai were men of the sword. Trained warriors dedicated to the martia… https://t.co/dZ2HJEOXSz
クリス・グレン/ ポールマッカートニーのインタビューはradikoで聴けます @DJ_ChrisGlenn - 2018-11-02
Hikone Castle's Samurai Gardens, Genkyu-en

Samurai were men of the sword. Trained warriors dedicated to the martia… https://t.co/dZ2HJEOXSz
クリス・グレン/ ポールマッカートニーのインタビューは本日OA! @DJ_ChrisGlenn - 2018-11-02
Hikone Castle's Samurai Gardens, Genkyu-en

Samurai were men of the sword. Trained warriors dedicated to the martia… https://t.co/dZ2HJEOXSz
クリス・グレン/ 城マニアのラジオDJ @DJ_ChrisGlenn - 2018-11-02
Hikone Castle's Samurai Gardens, Genkyu-en

Samurai were men of the sword. Trained warriors dedicated to the martia… https://t.co/dZ2HJEOXSz
omotenashi-cx @omotenashi_cx - 2018-11-01
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Great day out at Hikone Castle.
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#omotenashi
Anne Louise Avery @AnneLouiseAvery - 2018-10-31
Lingering Snow at Hikone Castle
Winter, 1934
Kawase Hasui https://t.co/JXtWItunuH
Japan Cheapo @JapanCheapo - 2018-10-28
Hikone Castle is one of twelve remaining examples and is a great place to learn about feudal Japan:… https://t.co/mbtLg2wFlO
Kumamon @55_kumamon_eng - 2018-10-25
I went to Hikone Castle☆ The view was beautiful with good weather! I also exchanged business cards with Hikonyan in… https://t.co/cpMJaYT4f3
petitNyan5 @petitNyan5 - 2018-10-25
There is such a place near Hikone castle https://t.co/fxJSz08smC
Paradox, The Great @Astronomikal1 - 2018-10-20
In Japan every city has a mascot. Today and tomorrow there’s an annual festival where every mascot from every city… https://t.co/DsAaRP6jnY
SHIKIBU @SHIKIBU_Automat - 2018-10-13
Dawn of the Himeji Castle.
This castle as well as the Hikone Castle were built in the 17th century for Samurai to u… https://t.co/G1Jphh2DOc
SickVampireBloody @QuicksandBuddy - 2018-10-13
@MaxScoville If you have time, I would also suggest taking a day trip to Hikone, about 40-minutes away from Kyoto b… https://t.co/OuaXFf7z4F

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