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Hikone Castle Museum

1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061, Shiga Prefecture
+81 749-22-6100
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Nice museum with interesting displays & well laid out

This museum has different rooms with themes. Well laid out displays with some english details allow... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
Karen M
Not much to see here

Small museum with only a few exhibits, not worth the time or extra admission fee. There were some... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Boston, MA
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21 Jun 2017
“Nice museum with interesting displays & well laid out”
14 Jan 2017
“Not much to see here”
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1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061, Shiga Prefecture
+81 749-22-6100
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

This museum has different rooms with themes. Well laid out displays with some english details allow for sufficient understand.

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Small museum with only a few exhibits, not worth the time or extra admission fee. There were some swords, some old letters/parchment, and some kimonos. About half of it is not insulated, which makes it almost like being outside. Warning: you will have to take...More

Thank tjbmarv
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Unbelievable craftsmanship and lively garden views are intact. It's unclear if this is a post 1945 reconstruction or really old. Woodworkers delight. Museum has a generous collection donated by the Li family... They must be royalty by the quality of their offerings. Warm regards to...More

Thank r m
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Museum was divided into multiple sections, showcasing what the Li family has been keeping for centuries. These items included a sets of armours, Noh related items, tea ceremony items, Japanese musical instruments as well as other classical literature items, like poems. It was kind of...More

Thank anivyl
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Nothing to add to the existing comprehensive reviews of this delightful museum other than a personal response that I particularly enjoyed the costumes, room recreations and garden. The staff were very helpful too. I strongly recommend a visit.

Thank Immlang
Reviewed 6 January 2016

This museum was a big surprise! We had planned to visit the castle, and didn't even know that there was a museum on the premises. So we were delighted to explore this small but beautifully laid out and curated museum. The combination of fabulous armor...More

1  Thank Beth R
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Visitors to Hikone Castle can enter the Hikone Castle Museum for an additional 400 yen. The museum consists of a lot of historical artifacts including costumes, books, swords and (most interesting) masks. All items are labeled in English, while fuller explanations are in Japanese. The...More

Thank dzong2
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The Ii clan ruled in Hikone for over 200 years, which also meant they left behind some interesting historical pieces. The museum exhibits some of these pieces, offering an insight into the history of Hikone Castle, it's rulers and the surrounding. There are (sometimes brief)...More

Thank mypocketsareempty
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Small museum, though interesting. The museum sets out the old city and castle layout and shows how the land was developed. There is a lot of history here on early Japan.

Thank Brian W
Reviewed 29 July 2015

I visited the Castle and Museum with my daughter late one afternoon. The free guide asked if we would like a tour but apologized that his English was not too good. My daughter explained to him that that was ok as she could speak fluent...More

Thank Just-Julie-Cairns
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