How to get 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.
Maibara can be reached from Tokyo by direct hikari trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen in a little over two hours. The one way journey costs around 12,000 yen and is fully covered by the 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.
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