The City of Hikone lies on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, near the center of Japan. Hikone is a cosmopolitan city of over 110,000 inhabitants, and is characterized by a distinguished historical legacy which nurtures a thriving contemporary culture. The city is blessed by both richness of culture and abundance of nature.
Access to Hikone
Central Japan International airport is the nearest airport to Hikone. It takes about 40mins by Meitetsu Rwy Tokoname Line to Nagoya. When coming by train from Nagoya, use JR, and please get off by JR Hikone Station. Further the Shinkansen and in case of Limited Express use will be a transfer by JR Maibara Station.
⇒ To Hikone or Minami Hikone (Airplane, Train, Bus)
At the center of the City of Hikone stand the castle and castle complex, much as they have for some 400 years now. Designated as a National Treasure in 1952 by the Japanese government, Hikone Castle was the residence of successive lords of the Ii family of the Hikone domain, one of the most prominent and influential warlord families serving the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867) which completed the reunification of Japan after the Warring States period. Hikone Castle played a pivotal role in securing the military rule which maintained peace for more than 250 years in early modern Japan. http://www.hikoneshi.com/jp/castle/
HIKONE CASTLE RESORT & SPA
The closest resort hotel to the 400 year-old Hikone Castle. Also conveniently located within walking distance of Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa. http://www.hch.jp/en/
Comfort Hotel Hikone
The Comfort Hotel® Hikone is across from the Hikone Station train depot. Area attractions that are easily accessible from this Hikone, Japan hotel include the Hikone Castle, Yume-Kyobashi Castle Road and the Genkyu-en Garden. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy being less than three miles from Lake Biwa. As the country’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Biwa boasts a large number of trout and is key to Japan’s pearl industry. Activities like hiking, biking, boating, swimming and fishing are abound in this region. https://www.choicehotels.com/japan/hikone/comfort-inn-hotels/jp079
ISTRY 2018 Conference Secretariat
Laboratory of Disease Control and Prevention Faculty of Medical Technology, Fujita Health University