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Hikone is located in north-west Shiga Prefecture, a few miles south from Maibara.

From Tōkyō

Take the Hikari Shinkansen, get off at Maibara Station (about two hours from Tōkyō).Take the JR Biwako Line to Hikone (about 5 minutes).

Besides JR lines, you can take the Ōmi Railway, running on the same route, yet not included in your JR Pass.

From Nagoya

From Nagoya you don’t have to take a Shinkansen train. Take a Tōkaidō Line’s train to Gifu or Ōgaki. At the final stop take the JR Biwako Line (in some cases you will find a direct train from Nagoya to Maibara).

From Kyōto

Take the JR Biwako Line, you will reach Hikone in less than one hour.

 

From Hikone Station there is a 20 minutes walk to the castle.

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