NAKED Hikone Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2025

6:00pm – 8:00pm
¥1,000 (advance sales)

This nighttime event lights up the thousands of cherry blossoms at Hikone Castle near Lake Biwa.

What to expect

Grab a lantern and discover real and digital cherry blossom art at Hikone Castle. There will be dynamic light shows, including a 5-meter-high crest connected to the national treasure. This is part of the art DANDELION PROJECT by Ryotaro Muramatsu and is run by the art collective NAKED.

The local Nishinomaru area will also have illuminations.

Entry and tickets

Evening tickets (from 6 p.m.)

Tickets are on sale from March 1 and will cost ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for elementary and junior high school students. The last entry is at 7:30 p.m.

Daytime tickets (until 5 p.m.)

Hikone Castle in spring with cherry blossoms
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You can still see the cherry blossoms during the day in peak season.

  • Tickets cost ¥800 to visit the castle and Genkyuen Garden. It costs ¥200 if you are only visiting the garden.

Concessions and other ticket combinations are available.

For more ideas of places to visit near Kyoto during cherry blossom season, check out our guide to Kyoto’s top sakura spots.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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