Culture & History

Genkyu-en Garden

Located to the northeast of the castle, Genkyu-en was the castle lord's garden, made to recreate the famous Eight Views of Omi (in turn modeled on the Chinese "Eight Views of Xiaoxiang"). The garden was constructed in the year 1677 by Naoki, the 4th lord of Hikone.
A "Light-up of Autumnal Foliage" is held in the gardens each November, allowing visitors to experience a custom unique to the lord's gardens.

3 Konki-cho, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture 522-0061
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Business Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on
Open all year
  • Entry Fees
    【Hikone Castle & Genkyu-en Garden】
    Adults: 600 yen; Elementary & Junior High Students: 200 yen
    (During the period from March 18th to December 10th, 2017)
    Adults: 1000 yen; Elementary & Junior High Students: 300 yen
    【Genkyu-en Garden Only】
    Adults: 200 yen; Elementary & Junior High Students: 100 yen