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Hikone Castle

1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061, Shiga Prefecture
+81 749-22-2742
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1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061, Shiga Prefecture
+81 749-22-2742
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not research enough to know that this castle was on top of a mountain and that it involves a bit of climbing. I was surprised to see the castle to be very small with very steep stairs inside. But being one of the...More

Thank gibot143
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best castles in Japan. Original structure...many have been rebuilt after being destroyed in the war. Warning, the steps are very steep and dangerous, and when you get to the top, you get a view that is only marginally better than the view...More

Thank MikeP1957
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of the four "National Treasure" castles I saw on my last trip, Himeji and Matsumoto were decidedly the best. Hikone is smaller and the stairs are slightly more difficult to negotiate. All have the same basic formula - defensive architectural features, steep stairs, a hidden...More

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

It costs 1,000yen to enter the area. Firstly, you have to fight more than 120 steps from the entrance to Hikone castle. It's really hard. In the castle, there are also some steep flight of stairs, almost like ladders. Furthermore, those stairs are very narrow....More

1  Thank minneys_kitchen
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Hikone Castle was ne of the highlights of our trip. The setting is superb, the history of the area is fascinating and on a weekday the moats, the gardens and the castle were a quiet haven. To view the lower levels of the site and...More

Thank outsidethesquare
Reviewed 8 September 2017

It's a nice little castle, a nicely decorative architectural style and historical significane for the establishment of the shogunate in late middle ages. Reaching the top platform of the main tower can be a challenge due to very steep stairs. The grounds are quite spacious...More

Thank olga y
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The castle is beautiful, incredible architecture and detail. It constructed with huge beams which you do wonder how they managed to move and build with. the interior is less impressive. the rooms are empty. gardens were lovely and very tranquil.

Thank Adrian T
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Not a big place, but you get to see the old japan culture. Nice, and ticket prices at JPY1000, price on high side for what it had to offer, but still acceptable. Good attraction in Hikone.

1  Thank Jeremy G
Reviewed 8 July 2017

The castle is not that big but very special.It is made of wood.It is located in a small and quiet city.I took the train from Nagoya airport to the castle,almost 3hours.Frankly speaking,you do not need to come here if you are not interested in the...More

Thank lisaselencer
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This small but compact castle has the authentic wooden interior & you can climb the floors to appreciate the structure of the castle & views across Hikone. The exterior walls & moats can be explored & steps rise to the castle.

Thank Karen M
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