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Hikone 彦根

Shiga Prefecture's second city, located on the eastern flank of Lake Biwa, Hikone is renowned for its squat, but pretty, original castle - one of the four listed as a National Treasure. While most of the city is modern, a stretch of Edo-style houses and shops has been built along one street of the castle in order to recreate the atmosphere of the once-bustling castle town.
Yume-kyōbashi Castle Road
Yume-kyōbashi Castle Road
Paper lantern over a shop
Paper lantern over a shop
Along the sidewalk
Along the sidewalk
Tenbin-yagura
Tenbin-yagura
Hikone-jō's donjon
Hikone-jō's donjon
On the eastern flank
On the eastern flank
Hikone-jō from Nishino-maru
Hikone-jō from Nishino-maru
Car passing Umaya
Car passing Umaya
Outside the fortifications
Outside the fortifications
Hilltop donjon from the moat
Hilltop donjon from the moat
Statue of Ii Naomasa and mini Hikone-jō replica
Statue of Ii Naomasa and mini Hikone-jō replica
Hikone City Hall
Hikone City Hall
Sakura-framed walls beside the moat
Sakura-framed walls beside the moat
Nino-maru Sawaguchi Tamon-yagura and sakura
Nino-maru Sawaguchi Tamon-yagura and sakura
Swan watching a yakata-bune tourist boat
Swan watching a yakata-bune tourist boat
Sakura along the inner moat
Sakura along the inner moat
Yakata-bune and cherry blossoms
Yakata-bune and cherry blossoms
Park visitors ambling past the canal
Park visitors ambling past the canal
Genkyū-en with spring flowers
Genkyū-en with spring flowers
Hikone-jō overlooking Genkyū-en
Hikone-jō overlooking Genkyū-en
Teahouse in Genkyū-en
Teahouse in Genkyū-en
Raku-raku-en and palace
Raku-raku-en and palace
Sakura-lined moat and distant Suzuka range
Sakura-lined moat and distant Suzuka range
Cherry blossom grove in the Nishino-maru
Cherry blossom grove in the Nishino-maru
Hanami picnic across the Nishino-maru
Hanami picnic across the Nishino-maru
Nishino-maru Sanjū-yagura
Nishino-maru Sanjū-yagura
Hikone-jō's donjon from the Nishino-maru
Hikone-jō's donjon from the Nishino-maru
Rear facade of the donjon and sakura
Rear facade of the donjon and sakura
Rear view of the tenshu-kaku (donjon)
Rear view of the tenshu-kaku (donjon)
Donjon of Hikone-jō from the Hon-maru
Donjon of Hikone-jō from the Hon-maru
Front donjon facade and cherry blossom
Front donjon facade and cherry blossom
View of the tenshu-kaku from near the entrance
View of the tenshu-kaku from near the entrance
Sakura in full bloom beneath the donjon
Sakura in full bloom beneath the donjon
Residential neighborhood and Lake Biwa
Residential neighborhood and Lake Biwa
Nino-maru and Hikone skyline
Nino-maru and Hikone skyline
Taiko-mon (drum gate) of Hikone-jō
Taiko-mon (drum gate) of Hikone-jō
Slope leading to the Tenbin-yagura gate
Slope leading to the Tenbin-yagura gate
Tenbin-yagura and sakura
Tenbin-yagura and sakura
Roka-bashi and Tenbin-yagura
Roka-bashi and Tenbin-yagura
Below the Roka-bashi
Below the Roka-bashi