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Hikone

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A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle. The early 17th-century citadel has remained remarkably well preserved, with its original tower officially designated a national treasure, and the ring of its bell (every three hours) listed as one of the most important sounds in the country. Trips to Hikone rarely stray too far from the castle; the immaculate garden that surrounds it and the shopping street leading towards it constitute the two other main attractions in town. Hikone is in Shiga Prefecture. Use our online itinerary creator: Hikone and all its delights await.
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Few international travelers stay the night in Hikone, with most electing to see the castle, admire the lake, and be on their way. Three hours from the capital, and one from Kyoto, Hikone visits usually come as part of a trip from the capital to Kyoto, or a day trip from the latter. Those that do opt to stay in Hikone can choose from a good number of standard hotels between the main train station and the castle grounds, as well as some more characterful, traditional ryokans around the district of Kawara to the south.
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