The highlight of this event is definitely seeing the castle keep all alight from up close, where the surface of its whitewashed walls shines a stark white.
With a call of "Open the gate!" you'll be met with a group of figures clad in a red disguise from olden times.
It's possible to see Hikone Castle this close at night only once or twice a year. Visitors aren't allowed into the keep, but from the observation platform, you'll be able to see a nightscape of the entire City of Hikone.