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Hikone Castle Museum

Closes in 24 min: 08:30 - 17:00
Open today: 08:30 - 17:00
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Unexpected addition to our day

We went to Hikone castle and only expected the castle. So to our surprise there was the museum. A... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2018
Carl H
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awesome historical items

Museum was divided into multiple sections, showcasing what the Li family has been keeping for... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
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1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061, Shiga Prefecture
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We went to Hikone castle and only expected the castle. So to our surprise there was the museum. A very professionally run place with a lovely collection of of differing artedacts from the original family, Il's collection. Also as part of the musuem you go...More

Thank Carl H
Reviewed 26 February 2018

この博物館ならではの特別な陳列というわけではなく、規模としても地方都市の中規模博物館程度。しかし、主に井伊家に伝わる歴史的な収蔵品が展示されているため、井伊家とそれにまつわる歴史を深く楽しむことができる。彦根城が現存天守であるため天守内の展示は限られているし、博物館は天守の入場と別料金(500円)がかかるものの、井伊家の歴史と魅力を知る上で、この博物館は欠かせない。 他の博物館と異なっているところの一つに、この博物館はかつての表御殿を復元して建てられているため、回廊式の屋敷や日本庭園も楽しむことが出来る。博物館の展示を観覧の途中もしくは終わりに、まるで御殿の殿様や姫のような気分で、ゆったりと過ごせる。彦根城と異なり、障碍を持つ人でも気軽に利用しやすい工夫が施されている。 展示の紹介文のほとんどは日本語のため、英語等の他言語の併記は少ない。入り口で多言語のパンフレットを手にするか、ガイドの説明を聞くといいだろう。 The scale of this museum is about the same as them of mid-sized museum in local cities, and it does not have the display method of exhibits unique to this museum. However, as valuable historical materials of the Ii family are exhibited,...More

Thank Cyber0515
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This museum has different rooms with themes. Well laid out displays with some english details allow for sufficient understand.

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Small museum with only a few exhibits, not worth the time or extra admission fee. There were some swords, some old letters/parchment, and some kimonos. About half of it is not insulated, which makes it almost like being outside. Warning: you will have to take...More

Thank tjbmarv
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Unbelievable craftsmanship and lively garden views are intact. It's unclear if this is a post 1945 reconstruction or really old. Woodworkers delight. Museum has a generous collection donated by the Li family... They must be royalty by the quality of their offerings. Warm regards to...More

Thank r m
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Museum was divided into multiple sections, showcasing what the Li family has been keeping for centuries. These items included a sets of armours, Noh related items, tea ceremony items, Japanese musical instruments as well as other classical literature items, like poems. It was kind of...More

Thank anivyl
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Nothing to add to the existing comprehensive reviews of this delightful museum other than a personal response that I particularly enjoyed the costumes, room recreations and garden. The staff were very helpful too. I strongly recommend a visit.

Thank Immlang
Reviewed 5 January 2016

This museum was a big surprise! We had planned to visit the castle, and didn't even know that there was a museum on the premises. So we were delighted to explore this small but beautifully laid out and curated museum. The combination of fabulous armor...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

Visitors to Hikone Castle can enter the Hikone Castle Museum for an additional 400 yen. The museum consists of a lot of historical artifacts including costumes, books, swords and (most interesting) masks. All items are labeled in English, while fuller explanations are in Japanese. The...More

Thank dzong2
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The Ii clan ruled in Hikone for over 200 years, which also meant they left behind some interesting historical pieces. The museum exhibits some of these pieces, offering an insight into the history of Hikone Castle, it's rulers and the surrounding. There are (sometimes brief)...More

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