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Hikone Castle

Travel Guide - Hikone Castle


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


  • 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


History of Art @HistoryOfArtApp - 2020-09-29

📝 : Wikipedia⁠
📷 : Wikimedia Commons⁠
©️ : Martin Falbisoner… https://t.co/lHeiTODPkD
TravelCaffeine.com @TravelCaffeine - 2020-09-26
Our wild day racing from one castle to another in Japan... https://t.co/49uD0hBzUL
ALi (Dropped Tales) @TheStarLi - 2020-09-21
Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture is one of the 12 remaining original castles in Japan, & one of the 5 that are des… https://t.co/xo4g8whJOH
Joe Fonseca @JoeFonsecaHist - 2020-09-21
I lived in Hikone for a year. Seeing some photos while scrolling by hit me. Hikone castle is spectacular any anyone… https://t.co/0jqt2w3BbT
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🎌 Donny Kimball 🎌 @donnyjkimball - 2020-09-20
@bauhiniacapital I'm partial to Hikone Castle but I am biased.
Japan Consulate Miami @JapanCons_Miami - 2020-09-16
Hikone Castle
The main keep of Hikone Castle has remained largely untouched since 1622. It combines a number of arc… https://t.co/16X0bGF4WM
Japan Wonder Travel @JapanWTravel - 2020-09-15
彦根城(Hikone Castle) is located in Shiga prefecture. The construction started in 1604 and it took 20 years to complet… https://t.co/eYTdKMnCIg
Photo Japan @PhotoJapanNews - 2020-09-12
A girl gets finishing touches of make-up prior to joining a local castle festival in Hikone, Japan: https://t.co/zajEiDuS5y
Japan Wonder Travel @JapanWTravel - 2020-09-11
Lake Biwa, Hikone Castle, Omihachiman, Miho Museum etc., Shiga prefecture is one of our favorite place!
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Tommy Exacustides @TommyExacustid1 - 2020-08-28
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ren @renkotsuban - 2020-08-28
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Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-25
Also, if you look for it, you can find Hikone Castle sitting on top of its hill in the difference. Historically, th… https://t.co/REQIZmFpYl
MilaE @milae_kk1 - 2020-08-23
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Demi @Demi72587401 - 2020-08-22
Good morning! Have a beautiful Saturday everyone!

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Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-17
Thanks to everyone who came to any of my live-streams today. :)
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Ocean ☆ @_oceaninspace - 2020-08-15
I went here in 2015 but never made it up to the castle... I'd like to go next time (つω`。) https://t.co/d3AwZ0nogo
Tommy Exacustides @TExacustides - 2020-08-15
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Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-11
hrkfotografie being gorgeous like always. 🖤

People are already talking about autumn and I’m over here still postin… https://t.co/CWfmutK50u
Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-11
🌸You are worthy.
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🌸Keep going. You’ve got this. @ Hikone Ca… https://t.co/AVdkqrBwUT
Katherine L @misslokenglish - 2020-08-10
Last year today: Gifu Castle & Hikone Castle + my favourite mascot
#flashback https://t.co/CgwayC6Vkl
『彦根城内 鐘の丸売店』【公式】 @kanenomaru_413h - 2020-08-10
It is a national treasure Hikone Castle Kanenomaru shop.
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Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-06
I miss these beautiful people and this castle (you can see it in the second photo) so much! Hikone was my first hom… https://t.co/HsZX7rjPQC
Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-05
Every time I went to Hikone castle I looked around for the swans. There’s even a black one that hangs around someti… https://t.co/5D3E6jKKmM
Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-05
Riding around the mote you get to hear all about the history of Hikone castle, but only in Japanese. Lol The guide… https://t.co/RDuEEOumVV
Shana Leigh 🦄👑💀 シャナ リー @TheShanaLeigh - 2020-08-04
It took me 4 years, but I finally road the boats at Hikone castle! I always told myself that I shouldn’t spend the… https://t.co/3yiJ2JeEpQ
Forts In Osaka @Forts_In_Osaka - 2020-08-01
(I defined a castle as having big and many stone walls and buildings like Osaka Castle,Himeji Castle,Hikone Castle… https://t.co/UqDN5uKo43
『彦根城内 鐘の丸売店』【公式】 @kanenomaru_413h - 2020-08-01
I was able to take a picture of cute Hiko-nyan.
The blue sky is beautiful and Hikonyan is happy.
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Kanpai! Japan @KanpaiJapan - 2020-07-25
[Today's Kanpai picture]
Hikone - Lake Biwa's Castle and its Japanese garden
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