Following this, Mr Taniguchi took us to Hikone Castle, where we experinced the tea ceremony in a traditional "chashitsu" -tea ceremony room, in the gardens of the castle. Following this we climbed the steps to the top of the hill and then to the highest point in the castle. We learned that Hikone Castle is over 400 years old, and mostly original. The sunset was quite spectacular.
Mr Taniguchi took us to dinner at a family restaurant and then sent us on our way home, after sorting the train journey for us.
It has ben an enjoyable day.