Hikone Castle is one of only five castles in Japan with an original main tower (castle keep) that has been designated as a National Treasure; it was the residence of the Ii family, who were lords of the Hikone domain, with an annual revenue of around 350,000 koku of rice (equivalent to 52,500 tons of rice). In spring, around 1,200 Yoshino and other cherry trees bloom along the Castle moat, reflecting beautifully off the surface of the water in the moat and off the Castle’s white walls. The cherry trees are in full bloom from early April through to mid-April each year, and the “Hikone Cherry Blossom Festival” is held each year from April 1st to April 20th. In early April in particular, there are usually large numbers of visitors enjoying the magical beauty of the illuminated cherry blossom at night. During this period, there is free entry to the area around the inner moat to view the cherry trees until 9 p.m. The normal opening hours for Hikone Castle are from 8:30 a.m. to 17:00; the admission fee is 800 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary school, junior high or high school students. Toilets, shops, and paid parking available. The nearest station is Hikone Station.
Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 1-1
8:30-17:00(Hikone Castle viewing times)
Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 1-1 [map]
- Flowering state of cherry blossoms
- the end
- Cherry blossom forecast
- Early Apr.-Mid-Apr.
- 8:30-17:00(Hikone Castle viewing times)
- open everyday
- Parking Lot
- Available(￥400/1Times 900spaces)
- Night viewing
- Public toilets
- Number of trees
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
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.