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Hikone Castle Museum

Open Now: 08:30 - 17:00
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Many historical goods are exhibited

As Hikone Castle was founded by Ii Clan, this museum exhibits many goods held by Ii family for more... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fujieda, Japan
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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1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061, Shiga Prefecture
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Hikone Castle Museum should not be missed due to the large collection of national treasures within. Part of the museum is a reconstruction of the castle's Omote Goten (Front Hall) which is very easy to miss for non Japanese. This is the section between galeries...More

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Reviewed yesterday

As Hikone Castle was founded by Ii Clan, this museum exhibits many goods held by Ii family for more than 200 years there. Those who know about Ii Clan can enjoy the exhibits without no doubt. However, who aren't interested in the history things may...More

Thank Tokugawa_Ieyasu
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Not going to lie, the main reason I came to Hikone was to see Hikonyan. He was very cute as I had expected him to be. Other than that, the museum was very interesting. I enjoyed seeing the old artifacts and armors they had. We...More

Thank Liezl F
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.

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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

1  Thank Beth R
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