A National Treasure and a Beloved Local Character
A well-preserved castle, Hikone Castle is often praised for its beauty—especially for how it seems to float in the moonlight. The castle's mascot is a samurai helmet-wearing cat named "Hikonya" that is popular not just in Hikone, but all over Japan. There are usually a great number of visitors to the castle and surrounding castle-town. You can take a ride around the castle's moat in a pleasure boat. In the spring, the fallen cherry blossoms fill the moat and it makes for quite a beautiful scene.
1-1 Konki, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0061
JR Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari (platform 16 or 17) Nagoya–Maibara (25m) JR Biwako Line Maibara–Hikone (5m) Walk northwest for 15m
|Websites||Official Site (JPN)http://www.hikoneshi.com/jp/castle/ Visit Hikone, Japanhttps://visit.hikoneshi.com/en/|