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Botanical Garden

This is a garden with a large central pond and a circular walking trail located northeast of Hikone Castle. It was said to have been built by Ii Naooki, the fourth feudal lord of Hikone domain. This is a famous garden built with every luxury imaginable from the Edo culture—it is designed after a palace garden from the Chinese Emperor Xuanzong of Tang. Buildings such as Rinchikaku, artificial hills of Houshoudai are built as if they project out into the large lake, and trees, shrubs and rocks are cleverly arranged to imitate “Omi Hakkei” (Eight Views of Omi). The illumination is also well worth seeing, which is held in November during the season for autumnal leaves.

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place Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 3
phone 0749222742

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Reviewed:2018/11/26 Pleasant and wide
This garden is quite pleasant, with a big pond and several bridges. The Hikone Castle can be sighted from several places around the pond.

However I would only recommend this place for autumn...
Reviewed:2018/11/12 Beautiful Japanese Garden is fun to walk
In the site of Hikone Castle, there's a traditional Japanese garden.
Walking in the garden brings you a lot of beautiful view with the background of Hikone Castle Tenshu Tower.
Reviewed:2018/05/01 5 Stars in Fall; 3 Stars in Spring and Summer.
Last fall I raved about this garden so I was looking forward to seeing it again in spring. I only shot a couple of photos to show the lovely interplay of greens. The garden is beautifully designed...



Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 3 [map]



open everyday
[Admission fee (common with Hikone Castle)] Adults 800 yen, Children 200 yen
[Xuanyuan alone] Adults 200 yen, Children 100 yen
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Shiga Main 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.

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