Last weekend, Webmaster went to Shiga Prefecture for his personal business and had a short visit to Hikone Castle and adjacent Japanese garden called Genkyu-en.
Access: Shin-osaka (shinkansen 0:35) Maibara (local train 0:05) Hikone (walk 0:15) @ or Tokyo (shinkansen 2:30) Maibara (local train 0:05) Hikone (walk 0:15) @
The donjon of the castle is designated as National Treasure.
The castle was built in 1607 by a feudal lord Ii Naomasa.
The statue of Mr. Ii Naomasa in front of Hikone Station.
Genkyu-en is a part of the former residence of the lord.
Seiryo-ji Temple, the family temple of Ii clan.
Omi beef steak lunch
Luckily, Webmaster saw by chance the acrobatic flying of Blue Impulse, the acrobatic flying team of the Self-Defence Force.