• Hikone Castle
  • Hikone Castle
  • Hikone Castle
  • Genkyu-en Garden
  • Hikone Castle in Spring
  • Hikone Castle in Summer
  • Meet to hear the sound of insects in Genkyu-en
  • Lake Biwa in Twilight
  • Parade of Little Edo Hikone Castle

Introducing Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle is one of four castles in Japan designated as National Treasures. It was built by Ii Naotaka, the second lord of Hikone, after the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The main building is three stories high, and stands magnificently on top of a hill. Hikone Castle is admired year-round for its landscape and seasonal beauty

Detail of Hikone Castle

Tourist Attractions

Perhaps the Hikone Castle Main Tower, a national treasure, would be a unanimous choice to visit. But Hikone has many more to explore, such as places of scenic beauty about which ancient poets used to compose poems, magnificent temples and shrines, and streets where old and new blend harmoniously.

Tourist Attractions

Cuisine of Hikone

Hikone is blessed with local and seasonal ingredients, and chefs who are willing to adopt new style and try creative cooking. Melt-in-your-mouth Ohmi beef, Funazushi, Lake Biwa freshwater fish dishes, and colorful winter treat, Akakabura (red turnips) are all handed down faithfully in a long tradition.


Temples & Shrines

It is natural that Hikone has numerous temples and shrines connected with the Ii Family, as it ruled Hikone for the entire 265 years of the Edo period. There are also temples and shrines, which date back to pre Edo period. These local temples and shrines have been observing their unique culture and religion.

Temples & Shrines

Staying at Hikone

Whether you are planning a family holiday, romantic break or business trip to Hikone, you will surely find a suitable place to stay. Hikone has a wide variety of accommodations: stylish western-style hotels, traditional Japanese inns, exclusive and luxury ones, or clean and comfortable places that suit your pocketbook and convenience.


Hikone Sightseeing Association

1-12-5 Honmachi, Hikone, Shiga, JAPAN 522-0064
Within Japan: Phone (0749) 22-2954 / FAX (0749) 24-7498
Outside Japan: Phone +81-749-22-2954 / FAX +81-749-24-7498