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 "Hikonyan" 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.

Address 1-1 Konki, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0061

〒522-0061 滋賀県彦根市金亀町1−1

JR Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari (platform 16 or 17) Nagoya–Maibara (25m)
JR Biwako Line Maibara–Hikone (5m)
Walk northwest for 15m

Business hours



Open all year round


TEL: 0749-22-2954



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Hikone Castle
Adults ¥800
Elementary and junior high school students ¥200
Hikone Castle Museum
Adults ¥500
Elementary and junior high school students ¥250
Combo ticket for the castle and the museum
Adults ¥1200
Elementary and jinior high school students ¥350

Websites Official Site (JPN)http://www.hikoneshi.com/jp/castle/Visit Hikone, Japanhttps://visit.hikoneshi.com/en/

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