Top things to do in Hikone

Top Choice Castle in Hikone

Hikone-jō

Completed in 1622, this diminutive castle of the Ii family of daimyō (domain lords) is rightly considered a National Treasure; much of it remains in its original state. Two unusual features are the teppōzama and yaz…
Gardens in Hikone

Genkyū-en

This landscaped garden, inspired by an ancient Chinese garden and criss-crossed by waterways and wooden bridges, was created in the 17th century by the fourth lord of Hikone-jō. The central pond is fed by Biwa-ko. S…
Soba in Hikone

Monzen-ya

This soba restaurant is the top pick along Yumekyō-bashi Castle Rd. Try the nishin-soba (soba with herring), a local speciality. From the castle end of the street it's about 100m along on the left – look for the whi…