”Yakatabune” and the tour of Hikone-jo trenches
You can enjoy the four seasons of Hikone-jo from the water
A relaxing cruise around one of Japan's most important cultural and historical locations
March 21, 2017

Hikone Castle's walls have stood for over 400 years. One of the best ways to see the walls up-close is to take a ride around the inner moat on a Yakata-fune, a boat with a low roof made for cruising on Japan's rivers and canals. Experienced guides make the trip around the castle one to remember as they fill you in on facts about the castle, Hikone City, and the Ii Family, the feudal rulers of Hikone.

written by
Benjamin John McCracken
I arrived in Japan almost 19 years ago as a student and fell in love with the culture and beauty of the country. Over the next 18 years I found myself coming back to Japan frequently and finally decided to move to Japan fulltime to assume the role of the Resident Director for the Japan Center for Michigan Universities. I enjoy cycling around Japan, especially around Lake Biwa.

Osuki Yakatabune, a barge style boat associated with the Ii family, runs through the inner moat of the Hikone Castle. You can enjoy cruising as if you were a feudal lord.

”Yakatabune” and the tour of Hikone-jo trenches


●Address/3-40 Konkicho, Hikone-shi, Shiga 522-0064
●Hours/10:00 to 15:00 (In Saturday, Sunday and a holiday, to 16:00) departing at 00 per hour minute.
●Holidays/There is cancellation by the weather.
●Admission/An adult of 1300 yen and child (schoolchild below) of 600 yen, Less than 3 years old are free.
※ cherry‐blossom season is 1500 yen.
◆Access/It is 15 minutes on foot from JR Biwa-ko Lake line, "Hikone" station

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