Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle is located in Hikone City, Shiga, in the Kinki region. The castle tower is one of the five castles in Japan designated as a national treasure and is also designated as an important cultural property of the country. Hikone Castle was built by Naotaka Ii in 1604 at the order of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and was built for about 20 years. It is one of the few castles that retains its original appearance.

The Ii family, who controlled Lake Biwa (the largest lake in Japan), owned more than 160 warships. Hikone Castle draws water from Lake Biwa into its moat and is called Mizushiro (water castle). You can ride the houseboat around the moat. You can watch the castle from the boat for about 45 minutes while listening to the history and highlights of Hikone Castle from the boatman.


More than 1,000 cherry trees are planted in the moat of Hikone Castle, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in spring. Especially at night, the cherry blossoms are lit up, which is very fantastic. You can also see the cherry blossoms this night from the houseboat.


You can also go around Hikone Castle by rickshaw. You will be introduced to tourist spots around the castle and Secret places that tourists generally do not visit.


In addition, Hikone mascot character “Hikonyan (feline mascot of Hikone Castle)” will appear around the castle three times a day and entertain guests.

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