Historic Hikone Castle

One of Japan’s Original Castles

Donny Kimball
7 min readJul 20, 2017

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The main keep of Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture during the springtime cherry blossom season

Many travelers immediately think of either Osaka Castle or Himeji Castle when considering a historical visit to a castle in the Kansai region. Few are aware of another fortress that has served as a solemn guardian of important trade routes for centuries. Hikone Castle is located on the eastern shore of Shiga Prefecture’s Lake Biwa. Yet despite its relatively off the…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/