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Hikone Castle (彦根城)


Historical Monument

A castle built over a period of some 20 years by Ii Naokatsu, the son of Ii Naomasa, who was counted as one of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s four greatest generals. Many of the structures, including the castle tower; turrets; and the Genkyuen, a garden for the Shimoyashiki villa; look as they did when first constructed and are designated National Treasures. The large horse stable, with its walls built in the early modern period, is a particularly rare example of such a structure and is designated a national Important Cultural Property. The inner moat can be circled in a pleasure boat that belonged to the Ii clan; ride it and you will feel like a daimyo (feudal lord) yourself.


Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 1-1 (Hikone / NagahamaArea)

phone 0749222742

8:30-17:00 (Admission to the castle tower is until 16:30)

Review of Hikone Castle

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/02/28 15 mins walk from Hikone station
The castle and museum is about 15-20 mins walk from Hikone station. It is surrounded by a moat and there is a palace museum. There is entrance fees. Also a park surrounding it.
Reviewed:2019/12/14 Nice Castle in Hikone
Hikone Castle had been built since 1603. Initially it was a Buddhist Temple dated back to 1080 as a pilgrimage site in worshiping Kannon. This significant structure of Edo period was one of the...
Reviewed:2019/11/13 Lovely small castle
After Hemiji this is very small but still very nice. Lack of description in other languages is a pity.

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Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 1-1 [map]
Hikone / NagahamaArea
8:30-17:00 (Admission to the castle tower is until 16:30)
open everyday
[Admission fee (including Genkyuen Garden)] General800yen, Small/Junior High School Students200yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Others (Available only in specified locations)
Available(Biwako Free WiFi)
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 7, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (not inside the building)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Shiga Areas


          Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.