Hikone Castle Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle



Hikone Castle

Standing proud in Shiga Prefecture, Hikone Castle is one of only four castles in Japan that boasts its original keep. Built in 1622 by the Ii Clan, it’s withstood the times of political transition, wild weather and the everyday wear and tear of almost 400 years of existence to remain one of the nation's most beautiful castles. The castle grounds are also home to many attention-worthy landmarks including Genkyu En Garden, a tea ceremony garden once used by lords entertain guests, Rakurakuen Palace, the home of the Ii family and cherry blossoms trees that during spring bring an other-worldly atmosphere to the place.

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