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Hikone Castle, Hikone

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Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
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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  • The visit to Hikone Castle can be a nice day trip from Nara. You can visit the castle as well as having a walk close to the lake. Fun fact: Hikone Castle’s mascotte is a cat with a samurai helm on...  more »
  • Huge grounds. Need a lot of time to explore it all. Unfortunately it was raining a lot, so I just viewed it from below. You can take a boat ride around the castle.  more »
  • 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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