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Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

June 19, 2018 by David Herd

A city between Tokyo & Kyoto

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan sits by the shore of Lake Biwa the largest lake in Japan. In previous blogs I have been a little harsh when writing about Hikone, however the Castle was interesting & I dined at two very good restaurants. Above is Castle Road which as you can guess leads to the famous Castle.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto JapanApparently the buildings along Castle road have been designed like town houses from the Edo Period with white walls.

It was a long walk to Starbucks

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Always worth the effort though. 🙂

My hotel to Starbucks

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan I’m sure it took me longer than 31 minutes. 🙂 Hotel Sunroute Hikone is also only 4 minutes walk from the station, you can get a room for around $30 AUD if you book through THIS LINK.

I stopped for an ice cream on the way back to my hotel.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan I tend to walk as much as possible to help my fitness, plus you see more of the local environment. Most days I was walking more than 10,000 steps.

Cute coffee shop

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Also there are lots more photo opportunities when you walk.

A monster supermarket

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan By far the biggest I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

The famous Castle

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Five castles in Japan are national treasures, this is one of them. Hikone Castle’s three storied castle keep is relatively small but displays a unique design that combines multiple different architecture styles. This is one reason why the castle keep has been designated a national treasure, the highest designation for cultural properties in Japan, held by only four other castle keeps, namely HimejijoMatsumotojoInuyamajo and Matsuejo. 

The other four.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure Hikone Castle is a 15 minute walk along the straight main road from Hikone Station.

Here I am with the owners of Apprenti restaurant.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Masanori & his wife Hiromi are 2 delightful people who provide excellent French food & wine in their small French restaurant.

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Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

June 18, 2018 by David Herd

It was a long hot climb to the Castle.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure is one of five in the whole country. It is regarded as one of Japan’s most beautiful and historic castles.

It was close to 1000 steps to get to the Castle.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureExcellent views of the city once I got to the top.

Here is the entrance.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure It was a very hot day & when I got to the top I really needed needed some liquid refreshment.

This is just what the doctor ordered. 🙂

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

An ice cold Asahi is my favourite beer.

As you can see it’s a rather spectacular building.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure was worth the effort to take on all those steps.

Good view of Hikone

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureThat’s Japan’s largest lake – Biwako – and is an easy day trip from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya.

Looking down on the city centre. 

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureIt was a 30 minute walk from my hotel near the station. Then you had to climb to the top. Hotel Sunroute Hikone is also only 4 minutes walk from the station, you can get a room for around $30 AUD if you book through THIS LINK.

Spare a thought for the poor delivery man. 🙂

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure Supplies for the shops etc have to be delivered the hard way. 

 Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure The castle is certainly impressive & the view of the surrounding city is worth seeing.

Here is a good example of the sloping stone walls.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureAs you can see there are lots of photo opportunities.

Work in progress

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureI’m guessing work never stops on these ancient buildings.

Take a boat around the moat.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureNot a bad idea.

You gotta love the coolie hats.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureEqual opportunity exists in Hikone, a male & a female.

The gardeners are hard at work.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureAs I said before work never stops at Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure.

Japanese treasures.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureHere are the location of the five treasures.

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Excellent Food Hikone Japan

June 18, 2018 by David Herd

Not much to see other than the castle.

Excellent Food Hikone Japan

Excellent Food Hikone Japan

Excellent Food Hikone Japan, which was a real bonus because there is not much more to see or do there. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa west of Tokyo. I’m not too sure why I decided to end my trip in Hikone even though I was badly in need of a rest after a very hectic two weeks.

Things actually turned out fine, I saw the castle & had dinner at two excellent restaurants. The one pictured above is a delightful French restaurant called Apprenti.

Very good food

Excellent Food Hikone Japan After eating Japanese food every night for 2 weeks I decided to go French. I’m so glad I did, the food was terrific & the owners Hiromi & Masanori are absolutely delightful people. The terrine was top class, the onion soup very good, as was my main course the Duck Confit was cooked to perfection. Put this lovely little restaurant on your bucket list.

Delicious onion soup.

Excellent Food Hikone Japan Quite different to what I expected, very smooth & creamy. 

Duck confit was tender & tasty.

Excellent Food Hikone JapanBelow is a You Tube video on how to cook this excellent French dish.

Duck Confit – Bruno Albouze – THE REAL DEAL

Excellent Food Hikone Japan

Excellent Food Hikone Japan Ice cream & toffee to finish off a terrific meal. Apprenti is rated by TripAdvisor #68 of 551 Restaurants in Hikone.

The owners of Apprenti

Excellent Food Hikone JapanMasonari & his lovely wife Hiromi, they were so friendly & nice it made it a perfect dinner for me.

Uomaru was a busy noisy restaurant.

Excellent Food Hikone JapanGood food & atmosphere, very popular with the locals.

Avocado & sake to start proceedings. 

Excellent Food Hikone Japan I had been looking for grilled avocado the whole trip & this was the closest I got to it.

So simple to make.

How to Grill an Avocado

A taste to die for. 🙂

The chicken was perfect as was the sake.

Excellent Food Hikone JapanThe best chicken I have ever taste is at a Japanese Yakitori restaurant. Both restaurants featured in this photo blog were only a few minutes walk from my hotel. Hotel Sunroute Hikone is also only 4 minutes walk from the station, you can get a room for around $30 AUD if you book through THIS LINK.

Unlike the hotel chains that make you wait until 3 pm to check in, they allowed me to check in at noon.

A good bar next door to Uomaru

Excellent Food Hikone Japan I enjoyed a couple of cold beers before dinner.

Thanks for visiting my Excellent Food Hikone Japan photo blog.

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