Getting Hikone Castle Inscribed
on the World Heritage List

  • 1992

    Listed on the
    Tentative List of
    World Heritage Sites.

  • 2020

    Shiga Prefecture and Hikone City signed an agreement on promoting World Heritage inscription.

  • 2021~2022

    Working on a nomination dossier draft so that Japan will nominate the castle.

  • 2023~2024

    Preliminary Assessment

  • 2025(Target)

    Selection as a nomination candidate in Japan.

  • 2026(Target)

    Japan submits nomination dossier to UNESCO / Evaluation by ICOMOS.

  • 2027(Target)

    Inscription on World Heritage List.

  • Information for related events

  • Release the Promotion Video

  • New Poster for Promoting Hikone Castle World Heritage …

  • Submission of Request for Preliminary Assessment for H…

  • Aims to Inscription through the New Stage “Preliminary…

Past News


Hikone Castle is the best-preserved example
of the remaining Japanese castles
that symbolically show the features of daimyo governments
in the stable Tokugawa Period of Japan (1603-1867).



World Heritage sites are irreplaceable treasures passed down from the past to the present. They have been created by the earth’s formation and humankind’s history. They are the common heritage of humanity that people around the world today must inherit from the past and hand down to future generations.