Meet up with your group and guide at Hikone Station in the morning. You’ll proceed on foot for your walking tour of this ancient Japanese urban center, starting in the city of Hikone, where you’ll get a look at the town’s main tower and one of it’s historic stone walls.
Continue on to Hikone Castle, a defensive structure which has stood for more than 400 years. Listen as your guide details information about the Tokugawa Shogunate and the rich merchant class that once called the area along Lake Biwa home. You’ll also get to look at the castle’s “daimyo” (Japanese lord’s) garden. Those visiting in the springtime are sure to enjoy the sight of the local cherry tree blossoms in full bloom.
Leave the castle and proceed to Hachiman Moat, which you can walk alongside, or travel along aboard a boat (own expense). The moat is frequently-used location for staging period dramas related to Japan’s Edo Era, which lasted from the 1600s through the 1800s. Continue from here to the summit of Mount Hachiman just behind the moat, where you’ll enjoy views of Lake Biwa, the streets of Omihachiman and Azuchi Castle in the distance.
You’ll end your tour at Omihachiman Station.