Hikone Castle is Hikone’s treasure and one of four castles considered to be a national treasure in Japan. It’s one of the only castles in Japan with original buildings. Hikone takes pride in this castle and has been fighting to make this a world heritage site for many years. Because the castle is located on a hill, you get a beautiful view of the city and Biwako, Japan’s largest lake.
For ￥1000, you can gain admission to the castle, museum, and Genkyu Gardens. I saw the last traces of autumn as Japan heads into winter. It was beautiful to see the last remaining orange and red leaves against the backdrop of this charming castle. The autumn chill, although cold, was refreshing. I was happy that I was able to see some autumn leaves, because it makes it even more charming and beautiful. Unfortunately, I was probably one or two weeks too late to see the autumn leaves in its entirety, but I was happy with what I got to see.
The castle itself was a lot smaller than I expected and being an original building, it was unlike other castles I have visited before.