Getting to Hikone

Hikone Station lies along the JR Tokaido Main Line (also locally referred to as Biwako Line) just one station (4 minutes, 190 yen, frequent departures) southwest of Maibara Station, a shinkansen station served by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, which connects Tokyo with Kyoto and Osaka.

From Kyoto/Osaka
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

Maibara is one station east of Kyoto (20 minutes, 2160 yen) and two stations east of Shin-Osaka (40 minutes, 4510 yen) on the Tokaido Shinkansen. Alternatively, direct JR "special rapid" trains to Hikone take 50 minutes and cost 1170 yen from Kyoto or 80 minutes and 1980 yen from Osaka.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

The castle can be reached from Hikone Station in a 15-20 minute walk along the main road. Most of the city's other attractions are located within walking distance of the castle. Alternatively, taxis are readily available in front of the station.