Hikone Castle (National Treasure)

This is one of the best castles in Japan. You can stroll through the castle which retains its original appearance

This is one of the best castles in Japan. You can stroll through the castle which retains its original appearance

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.

Information

Address
1-1 Konki-cho, Hikone, Shiga 522-0061
Access
25-minute walk from Hikone Station
Phone
0749-22-2742
Hours
8:30-17:00
Holidays
None
Admission
Adults 800 yen
Children 200 yen
Website
https://visit.hikoneshi.com/en/castle/admission/