"Quiet Castle Town" Hikone by Rabbityama

Hikone Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 26 photos

Many people seem to imagine Hikone is much larger and more urban than it really is. In actuality, it is a rather small city, but it's not to be missed! Hikone Castle is one of Japan's 12 remaining original castles. It is also home to Hikonyan! Hikonyan is the city's mascot, but images and toys of him can be found throughout Japan. For many foreigners, Hikonyan is not just a symbol of Hikone, but a symbol of Japan! Indeed, he's become quite iconic.

The castle is not the only reason to visit. The castle museum has many great historical artifacts and works of art. The Genkyuuen Garden is quite nice with the castle towering above in the background. Tenneiji Temple is not often visited by foreigners but has an amazing array of Buddhist figures. Nearby Taga Shrine is also well worth the visit!

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  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    I missed Genkyuen Garden when I last went to Hikone. Will visit next year I hope.

  • salisbury3933's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    This is another of Japan's castles that I haven't been to. Hoping to get there in the next 6 months or so.

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