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Hikone

Hikone is a city in Shiga Prefecture, located about 80 km east of Kyoto.

The area was ruled by "Ii" clan, who got an important position of Tokugawa Shogunate such as "Roju" (member of the shogun's council of elders) throughout the Edo era from generation to generation.

Hikone castle is a must-see sightseeing spot, designated as a national treasure. Its very beautiful appearance has been fascinated by many visitors.

In Hikone castle, you can also meet "Hikonyan", a famous mascot character!
From its white and fluffy appearance, it is referred as "Mochi "(rice cake).

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Hikonyan
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