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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.

What To See


Castle Road

Pleasant shopping street leading to the castle.

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Last updated: October 29, 2014
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