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The buildings are all coordinated and re-built/renovated to give an old castle town look. Very nicely arranged. Visit the side streets as some are very nicely setup with new shops and restaurants. I came across Yonbancho Square and had a nice lunch at the Tachibana...More
If you walk along the moat, you can see traditional old street after crossing a bridge.
Restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops are lined with both sides of the street.
夢京橋あかり館 is one of the souvenir shops, and it sells lots of “ manekineko “.
Castle Road has a lot of shops, but go before 5pm, most stores (besides a few bars) close by 5 or 6pm. If you are traveling with small children the streets are paved and easily accessible with a stroller.
Nice road to take pictures with traditional looking buildings stretching down the whole road. This road is right beside Hikone Castle. So you can easily reach this road after visiting Hikone Castle. There are many shops along the road and you can buy Japanese souvenirs....More
Hikone isn't a metropolis, but this street offers an interesting array of eating and shopping options. Not much English is spoken, but don't let that deter you. A good thing to do after you've been to the castle.
This small shopping district near the castle has retained a lot of traditional charm and is a great place just to meander or to pick up souvenirs, mostly of the food kind. In summer, there is a wonderful festival where residents wander the streets in...More