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Hikone Castle, National Treasure

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This is one of the best castles in Japan. You can stroll through the castle which retains its original appearance.

Taking 20 years to build, the imposing Hikone Castle was completed in 1622 rivaling the famous Himeji Castle. The castle looks even more beautiful when it is lit by moonlight. Hikone Castle's alias Konkijo was named as such, since there was a statue of the Merciful Goddess riding a golden tortoise in the temple at the summit of Mt. Hikone before the castle was built.

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Address1-1 Konkicho, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture 522-0061
AccessIt is 15 minutes on foot from JR Biwa-ko Lake line, "Hikone" station
It is 15 minutes on foot from Omi railroad/main line, "Hikone" station
Hours8:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
Regular holidayOpen 7 days a week
Contact0749-22-2742
FeeAdults: 800 Yen, Junior High and Elementary Schools: 200 Yen[Castle and Genkyu-en]
URL1http://www.hikoneshi.com/en/

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