Most viewed - Hikone Castle 彦根城
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Statue of Ii Naosuke near the Hikone Castle moat. Lord of the castle and also an important historical figure. 井伊 直弼39 viewsIi Naosuke was the Tokugawa shogunate's Chief Minister (Tairo) who favored and concluded commercial treaties with the Western powers and thus broke Japan's isolation from the world. Foreigners were then allowed to trade with Japan and take up residence in cities like Yokohama and Hakodate. Ii was later assassinated in 1860 by samurai radicals from Mito (Ibaraki) who sought to oust the foreign "barbarians."
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The boat is powered by very silent, battery-powered outboard motors.37 views
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Hikone Castle tower lit up at night.37 views
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About Kannon-dai temple 36 views
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Another room in Choshoan.36 views
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Choshoan tea house was originally the bell ringer’s rest house.35 views
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End of the 50-min. ride. It was pleasant, and highly recommended. Boat landing for the Hikone-jo Ohori Meguri boat ride is near the entrance to Genkyu-en Garden.34 views
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Hikone Castle and plum blossoms.34 views
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Plum blossom ume tree given by the city of Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture.34 views
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It certainly gives you a different perspective of the castle as you see the moat, castle tower, and bridges from the water. The ride costs 1,200 yen.33 views
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The second yakata-bune boat. They referred to old drawings, etc., and carefully built the boat to resemble Edo-Era yakata-bune.33 views
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For ¥500, you can try matcha tea and a small confection. It’s operated by members of a tea school started by castle lord and tea master Ii Naosuke.33 views
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Matcha tea and confection at Choshoan tea house, Hikone Castle.33 views
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Hiko-nyan appears outside the Taikomon near the main Hikone Castle tower.33 views
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Otemon Bridge32 views
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Tent selling local goods during spring.32 views
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Biwa instrument displayed in Hikone Castle Museum.32 views
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Hikone Castle and plum blossoms.32 views
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Hikone Castle admission fees in 2017.31 views
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Top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.31 views
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Heading toward Otemon Gate/Bridge30 views
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Hikone daimyo's living quarters.30 views
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On the way to the main castle tower (tenshu), you can take a tea break at this small tea house called Choshoan (聴鐘庵).30 views
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View from top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.30 views
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View from top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.30 views
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Going under Otemon Bridge. Wooden boards protect the bridge posts from the boat.29 views
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The name Tenbin refers to its similarity to a tenbin shoulder pole for carrying a piece of luggage tied to each end. Both east (right) and west (left) ends of the building has a two-story watchtower turret. They look symmetrical, but are not identical.29 views
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Hiko-nyan cutout in front of Hikone Castle. He appears daily.29 views
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Black swan in Hikone Castle's moat, a gift from Mito in Ibraraki Prefecture.27 views
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Boat landing is near the entrance to Genkyu-en Garden.27 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.26 views
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Otemon Bridge26 views
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End of the moat. The moat once was connected to Lake Biwa, but not anymore since the lake's water level does not match the moat's water level.26 views
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The boat includes a narrator who explains about the castle and moat and swans.25 views
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Castle tower as seen from the moat23 views
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Castle tower23 views
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Ready to pass under Otemon Bridge again.23 views
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Postcard of Commodore Perry and Ii Naosuke to mark the 50th anniversary of Yokohama Port's opening in 1909.23 viewsAlso see Gotokuji temple in Setgaya, Tokyo where Naosuke is buried. http://photoguide.jp/pix/thumbnails.php?album=646
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A few of the stones in the wall are black. Some say those stones might have come from Azuchi Castle after it was burned to the ground.22 views
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The next Otemon Bridge22 views
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End of the moat. Lake Biwa is right beyond. This is where we make a U-turn.22 views
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Sawayama Castle site as seen from Hikone Castle.14 views
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