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Hikone Castle

Hikone CastleHikone Castle is a castle in Hikone city at the east side of Lake Biwa.
It is located about 1 km west of JR Hikone station, and the shore of Lake Biwa is just west of the castle.

It was built in 1622 by Ii Clan, the lord of this region.
A building was repaired on a large scale in 1854, then the style had been changed. But the castle tower and the other buildings has kept their original figures.

After the end of feudal Edo Period in 1868, many castles in Japan had been demolished.
When Emperor Meiji visited Hikone in 1878, he ordered to preserve this castle.
Fortunately, we can see the original castle now thanks to his determination.

The site is about 600 meters from east to west and about 700 meters from north to south.
The main castle tower, Tsuke-yagura tower, and Tamon-yagura tower are designated as national treasures.
And some other buildings are designated as important cultural properties.
Additionally, there are a museum about this castle and a few Japanese gardens.

We can enter the site and tour around the castle site. The admission fee is 600 yen.

How to get to here

By railroad

Get off at Hikone station on JR Tokaido Line.
Hikone is the next station of Maibara where Tokaido Shinkansen stops. About 5 minutes from Maibara to Hikone.
On foot, about 15 minutes from Hikone station to the castle.

Castle Road (Street to Hikone Castle) Moat of Hikone Castle
Castle tower Hikone castle Museum
Taikomon gate
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Stable in the castle site Genkyuen garden

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