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Hikone Castle

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Address: 1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061 , Shiga Prefecture
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One of the few original ones, with a soundscape

Over 700 reviews in English give you a good idea what to expect. Most people point out that there is a lot of climbing to do, and that it lacks modern comfort like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2017
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Hong Kong, China
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23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Compared to other Japanese castles I have visited, Hikone Castle is most disappointed. There are far from enough illustrations. The Tenshu only has 3 floors? The kind of glass on the top floor makes it impossible to take pictures of scenery. The space inside the Tenshu is mostly used to facilitate the traffic of visitors. The worst about the Tenshu... More 

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Thank gingerbrownie
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61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by this castle on the way from Chubu international airport to Fukui. It is a very small old castle from Aedo.

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Antwerp
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Over 700 reviews in English give you a good idea what to expect. Most people point out that there is a lot of climbing to do, and that it lacks modern comfort like airconditioning. My quick reading did not show me the reason for this : Japan has hundreds of castles all scattered throughout the country. Most of them where... More 

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1 Thank sinjoorAntwerp
Taiwan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

For those who love historical site, castles and gardens, this attraction is perfect. Not many tourists during our visit, and our family had a really great time in the snowy Genkyuen garden. Lots of walking and hiking , wearing comfortable shoes is recommended. Also, you have to remove your shoes before entering the building.

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Thank Yilan L
Pretoria, South Africa
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161 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This Castle is in a large Garden, there are great views of Lake Biwa to be had from the top. Nice place to spend a couple of hours, take a map because I got lost several times and some of the roads are very uneven.

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1 Thank libica
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

What a beautiful castle and beautiful grounds! The grounds were just amazing! So peaceful and quiet, and not too crowded. There is a lot of walking here, including many uneven steps both up and down. It is a little tough, but it's worth it when you get to the top. The castle tour was lovely (Watch out for the steep... More 

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Thank Tara T
Berkeley Vale NSW Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This is a great castle and grounds. It is a very pleasant but steepish stroll up to the castle and if that taxes you I would not recommend trying to enter and climb to the top of the castle. You remove your shoes and the internal stairs have narrow steps for western feet which are extremely steep especially for the... More 

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1 Thank Michael W
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We went there literally because of Hikonyan. It was a quiet, beautiful, local place. Great view of Lake Biwa from the top of the castle. Great place to relax. On the way uphill, we stopped at a tea house, where we were served local japanese confectionery together with freshly brewed green tea in a traditional style. There were two other... More 

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Thank Pete S
BENE VAGIENNA
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We decided to spend several hours in Hikone during our stay in busy Kyoto and were so glad we did. It is about an hour by train from Kyoto and another opportunity to use our JR train pass. The information office at Hikone station were very helpful and gave us a lot of helpful information and maps about the castle... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

It was baking hot in August so we didn't see everything but would definitely spend at least a full day here if not 2. Castle not quite like Himeji but grounds were lovely.

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