Hikone Castle is a National Treasure and counted among the greatest castles in the world. It took around 20 years to build, and was completed in 1622. Extremely beautiful when illuminated by moonlight, it is one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa.
The so-called "Water Castle" once stood alongside Lake Biwa and the inner lake, and its waterways were also used for the transport of goods to the town. Hints of it can still be seen everywhere, from the area name "Funamachi" (meaning "Boat Town") to the remains of wharfs and houses belonging to boatmen that can be found along the canals. Always thronging with houseboats, the canals remain a place of relaxation for the residents of Shiga even today.
In spring time, 1200 trees with eight varieties of cherry, including Yoshino cherry, all bloom at once, creating a fabulous sight. The trees are also illuminated at night each year. The Hikone-jo Castle region also plays host to a performance from the Hikone City mascot Hikonyan three times a day. Please see Hikonyan's official website (http://hikone-hikonyan.jp/) for further details on when and where Hikonyan will appear.
|Address||1-1 Konki-cho, Hikone City, Shiga|
|Opening Hours||8:30 - 17:00
Open every day
JR Biwako Line Hikone Station 15 min. on foot
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