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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

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Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle (Hikone-jo) was built over a twenty-year period by the daimyo Ii Naomasa beginning in 1602. It was subsequently taken over by his heirs. As it stands on Konki-san, a hill of 136 m, it is also called Konki Castle. The castle retains its original form to this day and the three-tiered donjon is designated a National Treasure. The castle became the home to successive generations of the Ii family, and its moat was also used for boating by daimyo by ingeniously utilizing the lake waters of Biwa-ko.

1-1 Konki-cho, Hikone-shi, Shiga

Admission Fee
600 yen

Open throughout the year

JR Hikone Station/On foot/10 min.