Hikone Castle is an Edo period castle in the city of Hikone, in Shiga Prefecture. After 20 years of construction, it was finally completed in 1622 and is regarded as one of only four national heritage castles in Japan.
Hikone Castle is an original castle, which means that it survived the post feudal era without undergoing destruction or reconstruction. It is famous for its unique design that combines many different architectural styles and it represents the era when Shogun had to change their method of fighting from using swords and arrows to using firearms.
It only takes just over an hour to get to Hikone from Osaka by train and it is a great town if you want to experience the Samurai era.
All of photos are taken by Kentaro Ohno
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