76.1 Genkyu-en 玄宮園 at Hikone Castle is a feudal period garden located below Hikone-jo. The garden was created to resemble the Eight Views of Lake Biwa. Such landscape gardens have a central pond and a circular paths. Genkyu-en was built by the local lord for the entertainment of his guests and family. It was modeled after a palace garden from Tang Dynasty China. There are four small islands scattered across the pond, connected by bridges. On the shore of the pond garden stands the Rakurakuen Palace that served as the secondary residence of the lord's family.