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Hikone Castle, Genkyuen Garden & Chikubu Island in Hikone, Japan

Best things to do in Hikone Japan - Miyuki Seguchi - Chikubu Island

Chikubu Island.

I’m really excited to interview Miyuki Seguchi, the host of the Japan Experts Podcast, about Hikone, Japan. Miyuki’s tips for the best things to do in Hikone are awesome because she lives near Hikone, and it’s one of her favorite cities to visit and host tours. She loves sharing tips for this authentic city and teaching visitors about its samurai history.

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Best things to do in Hikone Japan - Miyuki Seguchi - Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle.

Hikone, Japan

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Hikone Tourism Association, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Hikone Japan - Miyuki Seguchi - Heikonyan mascot by Lisa Chen Lissssa on Pixabay 4453540

Heikonyan mascot. Photo by Lisa Chen Lissssa on Pixabay 4453540.

Getting around Hikone

Miyuki says to fly into Kansai International Airport (KIX) and then take the train to Hikone. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Miyuki says that you don’t need to rent a car when visiting Japan. The trains are the best way to travel to and from Hikone. The city is small, and you can walk everywhere or grab a taxi.

Best things to do in Hikone Japan - Miyuki Seguchi - Genkyuen Garden with Hikone Castle and tea house

Genkyuen Garden with Hikone Castle and tea house.

Places we talked about on the Hikone, Japan podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Miyuki Seguchi about Hikone, Japan. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Hikone, Japan
  • Green dots = best things to do in Hikone, Japan
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Hikone, Japan

Who is Miyuki Seguchi?

Miyuki Seguchi is a Japan travel adviser, a bilingual licensed guide and a big believer in the power of immersive travel. Miyuki helps fellow international travelers to create their unique immersive travel experiences in Japan through her podcast, online programs and tailor-made tours.

Originally from Japan, Miyuki was educated in the UK, has worked in international environments and has experienced immersive travels in a few dozen countries. Having lived in Japan for 30+ years, she has traveled around Japan extensively.

She currently resides in central Japan and offers private tours to international visitors, which include the samurai castles and history tours in Hikone. Miyuki is also the host of the Japan Experts Podcast, where she shares tips on how to design your trip for an immersive experience.

Best things to do in Hikone Japan - Miyuki Seguchi

Here are a few articles and podcast episodes of hers below:

You can connect with Miyuki on her website and on Facebook and Instagram. Download Miyuki’s complete Japan travel guide to experience the best Japan has to offer.

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Best things to do in Hikone Japan - Miyuki Seguchi - Ii Purin pudding

Ii Purin pudding.

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