Hikone Castle (Shiga)
Spring is the most beautiful time to visit Hikone Castle in Shiga when around 1,200 cherry trees ignite the grounds and a festival takes place to mark the occasion. Held from 30 April to 18 May, it draws people from near and far to wander through the castle grounds by both day and night when the trees are magnificently illuminated. Hikone Castle is around 15 minutes on foot from Hikone Station.
Best time to visit: early March to mid-April