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Hikone
# 47   of 178 destinations
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Hikone (F) is a small city at the shores of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. The city is most famous for its castle, one of only four castles in Japan designated as national treasures. Hikone makes an easy and pleasant 3-6 hour stop-over on a trip between Tokyo and Kyoto or a side trip from Kyoto. During Himeji Castle's renovation it can be considered as an alternative castle destination to Himeji.

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Attractions
 1  Hikone Castle
A designated national treasures.
User rating: 83/100 (192 votes)
Visited by: 373 users
 2  Genkyuen Garden
Landscape garden at the base of the castle.
User rating: 79/100 (73 votes)
Visited by: 133 users
 3  Castle Road
Pleasant shopping street leading to the castle.
User rating: 70/100 (116 votes)
Visited by: 251 users

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User Rating (by 233 users):
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95.  Hikone   79/100
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