Enjoy a different view outside the castle from the pleasure boat (yakata-bune) circling the castle moat.
As the cherry blossoms fall, the moat becomes covered with petals, a sight known as a "flower raft."
The clearing in front of the castle keep is also the site of many blooming cherry trees, and is very popular with springtime visitors and photography fans.
Nighttime Cherry Blossom Light-Up
April 1st-20th (Subject to change depending on timing of the cherry's full bloom), 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hikone Castle Grounds, Inner Moat, from before Genkyu-en Gardens to Hyomon-bashi Bridge, to Ote-bashi Bridge/Kyobashi-guchi