Hikone castle in Shiga prefecture is 50 minuts by train from Kyoto. Here the walls are seen with cherry blossoms in April 2007. There is more than 1000 cherry trees. It is 400 years since the building of the castle started. It is one of finest remaining castles. Much is original. From the castle is a fine view of lake Biwa and the town. Near the castle is the Genkyo-en with a chinese inspired garden and a the house. A fine view to the castle.