Enjoy the Hikone Castle national treasure through various experiences and tours
Hikone Castle has one of the 12 castle towers which are said to have been built in or before the Edo period and which still exist in Japan. This castle is designated as a national treasure and maintains its beautiful appearance even today which underwent five renovations since its construction in 1622. It has many attractions such as the tenbin-yagura (tower), the taikomon-yagura (tower), the feudal lord's garden, Genkyuen, as well as the castle tower. The popular character "Hikonyan" appears everyday in the castle area. The Hikone Castle Museum at the Hikone Castle entrance, and the houseboat excursion around the moat (journey time 50 minutes) will enhance your experience at Hikone Castle.
|Posted photos||Main Extremely well-preserved, Hikone Castle is designated as a national treasure along with Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle, Inuyama Castle, and Matsue Castle
Three photos Upper left The stable which was used to keep dozens of horses for the feudal lords, upper right The unusually-shaped tenbin-yagura where turrets stand symmetrically with the bridge in the center, lower The feudal lord's garden, Genkyuen, in the northeast of the castle is a chisen-kaiyushiki garden designed with the utmost luxury of Edo culture
|Address||Hikone Castle & Hikone Castle Museum
1-1 Konki-cho, Hikone City, Shiga
Hikone Castle moat excursion
3-40 Konki-cho, Hikone City, Shiga
|Phone||Hikone Tourist Information Center
+81-749-22-2954 (Japanese only)
|Opening hours||Hikone Castle & Hikone Castle Museum: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission to the Hikone Castle Museum is 30 minutes before closing time)
Hikone Castle moat excursion: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays / departs on the hour every hour)
* Reservation required for the Hikone Castle moat excursion during the winter period (early January to mid March). Please inquire for details.
|Admission fee||● Hikone Castle admission fee
Adults 800 yen
Elementary school students and junior high school students 200 yen
● Combined ticket for Hikone Castle & Hikone Castle Museum
Adults 1,200 yen
Elementary school students and junior high school students 350 yen
● Hikone Castle moat excursion boat fee
Adults 1,300 yen
Elementary school students and under 600 yen
* Children of age 3 and under are free.
* The fee for adults is 1,500 yen (elementary school students and under is 700 yen) when the cherry blossom is blooming.
* Please inquire for details.
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Maibara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 5 minutes, alight at "Hikone Station", and walk for approx. 10 minutes. (Walk for approx. 15 minutes for the Hikone Castle moat excursion and Hikone Castle Museum)|
Hikone Castle Museum
Hikone Castle houseboat
|* The Hikone Castle moat excursion may be canceled in cases of heavy weather. Please inquire for details.|
updated on Mar 30, 2018
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