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Hikone

2.8
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle. The early 17th-century citadel has remained remarkably well preserved, with its original tower officially designated a national treasure, and the ring of its bell (every three hours) listed as one of the most important sounds in the country. Trips to Hikone rarely stray too far from the castle; the immaculate garden that surrounds it and the shopping street leading towards it constitute the two other main attractions in town. Add Hikone and other destinations in Japan to your travel itinerary using our Japan online journey planner.
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Popular things to do in Hikone

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Hikone Castle ©
Castle
Hikone Castle
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Yumekyobashi Castel Road ©
Landmark
Yumekyobashi Castel Road
3.0
Duration: 1 hour
Hikone Castle Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Hikone Castle Museum
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Genkyuen Garden ©
Historic Walking Area
Genkyuen Garden
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Hikone

Kurokabe Square ©
Historic Walking Area
Kurokabe Square Nagahama
3.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Lake Biwa ©
Water Body
Lake Biwa Shiga Prefecture
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Suzuka Circuit ©
Auto Race Track
Suzuka Circuit Suzuka
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Hachiman-bori ©
Historic Walking Area
Hachiman-bori Omihachiman
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Hikone

Takeshima Island
Island
Takeshima Island
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Yonbancho Square
Landmark
Yonbancho Square
1.5
Duration: 1 hour
Itoju Honten
Gift & Specialty Shop
Itoju Honten
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Ryotanji Temple ©
Religious Site
Ryotanji Temple
3.8
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Hikone

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Tenneiji ©
Religious Site
Tenneiji
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Kentoji Temple ©
Religious Site
Kentoji Temple
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Soanji Temple ©
Historic Site
Soanji Temple
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Kyu Uoyamachi
Historic Site
Kyu Uoyamachi
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Hikone

Rakuraku Garden
Garden
Rakuraku Garden
3.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Koki Park
Park
Koki Park
2.5
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Hikone

Kaikoku Memorial
History Museum
Kaikoku Memorial
2.3
Duration: 1 hour
Yumekyobashi Akarikan
Specialty Museum
Yumekyobashi Akarikan
2.9
Duration: 30 minutes

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