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Omihachiman

Omihachiman City


Omihachiman, the former merchant town.

Omihachiman developed as a commercial city surrounding the castle built by Toyotomi Hidetsugu, who was a renowned general and daimyo (feudal lord) from the Age of Civil Wars (1467 to 1590) to the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573 to 1603). The townscape where the historical flavor of the area remains is also where groups of Japan’s important traditional buildings are preserved, making them excellent places for a stroll. In particular, the architectural works of Vories erected in the early 20th century are essential. The Omihachiman Riverside District was selected as the most prestigious Important Cultural Landscape established in 2006, and is often used as a location for movies and TV dramas.

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A luxurious boat ride around the waterways.

Suigo Meguri is a luxurious way to spend time by touring towns on waterways. It was created by Oda Nobunaga during the Age of Civil Wars as a way to relax and emulate the games of the imperial court. The Hachiman-bori Meguri (Hachiman Moat Tour) is a recommended tour for seeing the moats dug around the town. The Hachiman-bori Moat was constructed during the second half of the 16th century, making it possible to come and go into Lake Biwa by boat, which contributed to the development of Omihachiman. The cherry blossom trees and irises planted alongside the banks of the moat make the scenery of the four seasons more enjoyable. A boat trip while looking up at the white plastered walls of the storehouses and the nostalgic townscape is sure to be an unforgettable experience overflowing with charm.

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A number of ways to enjoy the cable car ride to Hachimangu Shrine

Currently, 5 different companies run Suigo Meguri and Hachiman-bori Meguri, and with slightly different courses you can choose the one that fits your schedule and preference. If you’re traveling with a large group you can rent an entire boat for a tour. After touring the town and waterways, go ride the nearby Mount Hachiman cable car to enjoy the excellent view from up the mountain. The Himure Hachimangu Shrine is close by the cable car, so be sure to go visit this spot as well.

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For reference

Omihachiman Station North Exit Tourist Information Center

  • Address
    Takakaicho, Omihachiman-shi
  • Telephone
    0748−33−6061
  • Hours
    9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Closed
    New Year and year-end holidays (December 29 to January 3)
  • Website

Access

Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour, 50 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour flight from Haneda Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour, 10 minute flight from Fukuoka Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour, 10 minute flight from Kagoshima Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 2 hour flight from Naha Airport.
Kyoto is a 55 minute ride by airport bus, and JR Omihachiman Station is a 33 minute train ride from JR Kyoto Station by Biwako New Express train. The town is close to Omihachiman Station.

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