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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8:30-17:00 (Admission until 16:30)
open everyday
[Entrance fee (including Genkyuen)]Adults800yen, Children200yen
[Genkyuen only]Adults200yen, Children100yen
Parking Lot
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Available(Biwako Free WiFi)
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Not possible (some areas only)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Possible (not allowed inside the building)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Genkyuen is Worth Visiting!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.06.20
    Originally, I was going to pass on the gardens but it came included with the castle so I decided to come. I am glad I visited the garden because it was beautiful and there were amazing views of the...
  • Relax at this beautiful garden with the view of Hikone Castle
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.12.19
    Lovely garden worth visiting. With less crowds than Hikone Castle, I could relax a lot viewing the beautiful garden.You can enjoy Matcha with a sweet named Umoregi. The lady who served told me...
  • Beautiful and large garden
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.08.16
    Genkyuen is a garden of Hikone Castle. When you buy a combination ticket, it entitles you to visit the castle, the museum and this garden. All these places are very interesting. So, I recommend you...

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