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As many as 1200 cherry trees start blooming in spring at Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture. You might know a local character – “Hikonyan”, which people in Hikone area came up with not so long time ago. People visiting the area are attracted to its beautiful scenery and the character is firmly associating with the place. In this article, I am going to tell you about the Sakura festival at Hikone Castle and the castle itself.
Hikone Castle used to be a house of a feudal lord, which Meiji Emperor ordered to be preserved. That’s why various things from that era have been inherited until now and because of this, Hikone Castle is a historically valuable building. Hikone Castle was built more than 400 years ago. It is incredible that we can enjoy both cherry blossoms and historical beauty at the same time. Please do not miss this opportunity!
A lot of tourists visit the castle throughout the year. However, especially in spring when cherry blossoms are on the peak, its beauty is more magnificent than usual. So, every day the venue is full of tourists.
The festival is usually held from April 1st to 20th when cherry blossoms are at its peak. Also, visitors come from various places in Japan and other countries. You will enjoy events such as Yozakura (night cherry blossoms) and street food restaurants. Needless to say, but the highlight of this festival is night cherry blossoms.
Cherry blossoms during the daytime are also beautiful but they change its look at night and you will definitely enjoy them in a different way.The light up event lasts for 4 hours, during the festival, starting from 6 pm and finishing at 9 pm.
I recommend you take a walk not only inside the venue of Hikone Castle but at several spots around the castle to enjoy various types of night cherry blossoms. You have an opportunity to see Hikone Castle all the year around. In order to enter the venue, you should pay 600 Yen for an adult and 200 Yen for a child. from the area inside the castle is exceptionally beautiful.
While you are in Shiga Prefecture, there is no reason you miss delicious local food. You will find the Castle Street Market at the special tent built inside the park from the end of March to the Golden Week in May.
Not only tourists, but also local residents are looking forward to trying the incredible food, such as Omi Gyu (Beef from Omi), Seafood Tsukudani (preserved food boiled in the soy sauce), pickled veggies, and local sake.
There are various kinds of street restaurants and a lot of families, couples, and friends group there. After satisfying your eyes and heart with watching the cherry blossoms, please eat plenty of these foods before going home.
Dates: From the end of Mach to the middle of April
Place: Hikone Castle
Address: 1-1 Konkicho, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture
Admission: 600 Yen for adults. 200bYen for children
Official Homepage (Mainly Japanese): http://www.city.hikone.shiga.jp/0000004311.html
Access: Hikone Castle is only about 15 minutes’ walk from JR Hikone station.
They sell a wide variety of yummy food at the street stalls on Castle Street. When looking down at moats from the bridge leading to Hikone Castle, there is a white cherry blossom tree, literally only one tree. It’s just amazing. Give it a try to walk on the wall surrounding moats of the castle. It will make you feel romantic as if you walk among the flowers.
Those who want to hang around, get together, or just eat, please come to Hikone Castle Sakura Festival. I am pretty sure that this festival is much more spectacular than you think. Please visit the website to see when the best season for cherry blossoms is. It’s worth coming to Shiga Prefecture. And if you want local guides to accompany you at this festival or show you more around Shiga prefecture, please click on the banner below!
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