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Volunteer Guide Service

Volunteer hometown storytellers will guide you to Hikone Castle, a National Treasure, and downtown Hikone with its history and tradition.
Enjoy not only the basic information about these sites, but also the anecdotes and histories handed down from generation to generation.
Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in other places in and around Hikone.

Required number of visitors
One or more
1,000 yen per guide for the guide’s transportation (This fee will still be charged in cases of no-shows or cancellations on the day of your booking).
Please apply up to one week in advance of your tour day.
Please understand that reservations may not be accepted if guides are unavailable on your specified day.


  • Course A

    Hikone Castle and
    Genkyu-en Garden

    Length: 2 hours
    Admission Fee: 800 yen

  • Course B

    Hikone Castle Museum,
    Hikone Castle and Genkyu-en Garden

    Length: 2.5 hours
    Admission Fee: 1,000 yen

  • Course C

    Town WalkMoats, Stone walls, Townspeople’s houses, High ranking samurai’s residences, Foot soldiers quarters, Temples, Shrines, Souvenir shops, and/or Restaurants

    Length: Up to 3 hours
    Admission Fee: Varies


Hikone City Information Desk
TEL: +81-(0)749-22-2954 FAX: +81-(0)749-24-7498