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Hikone Castle

At over 400 years old, the feudal castle at Hikone is one of the few castles in Japan with its original architecture left largely intact since its first construction.

Hikone Castle is a Japanese Edo-era castle located in the city of Hikone, in Shiga Prefecture. As one of only 12 castles in Japan with their original keep intact, it is considered one of Japan’s national treasures. The castle was constructed by the Ii samurai clan in the early 1600s, and was preserved by Emperor Meiji when many other castles were torn down. Several of the buildings in the castle are held as Japanese cultural properties, including the Taikomon (Japanese drum) Gate, three of the Turrets, and the wooden horse stables. This castle was an important riding stop for messengers heading to and from Tokyo along the Tokaido highway. The castle is known for exceptionally beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. Nearby is Genkyu-en Walking Garden, cultivated around a large ornamental pond, artistically perfected with little islets, wooden bridges, and a tea house.

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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2598.00

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2022 - 3/21, 3/28, 4/3, 4/10

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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2798.00

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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2798.00

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Tour the must-see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best Japanese cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2798.00

Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom season at the must-see sites of Kyoto & Tokyo, and enjoy authentic cultural experiences.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2798.00

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Celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom season at the must-see sites of Kyoto & Tokyo, and enjoy authentic cultural experiences.
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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 
2022 - 5/11

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2022 - 5/11
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival 2022 - 5/11
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8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival.
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Wed. May 11, 2022 Wed. May 18, 2022 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 
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8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Tour with AnimeJapan & 
Cherry Blossoms

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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Tour with AnimeJapan & Cherry Blossoms
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Tour with AnimeJapan & Cherry Blossoms

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.
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Sat. Mar 25, 2023 Sun. Apr 2, 2023 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): 2022 - 5/17, 
5/27

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): 2022 - 5/17, 5/27
Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): 2022 - 5/17, 5/27
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70 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3698.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3698.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/21, 3/28, 
4/3, 4/10

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/21, 3/28, 4/3, 4/10
Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/21, 3/28, 4/3, 4/10
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70 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Experience the best of Japan by visiting the country's top gardens, temples, and modern day sites during the cherry blossom season.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Experience the best of Japan by visiting the country's top gardens, temples, and modern day sites during the cherry blossom season.
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Mon. Mar 21, 2022 Wed. Mar 30, 2022 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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