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Gokasho Kondo Cityscape

A place associated with the Omi merchants, where valuable buildings still remain.

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Sight-seeing Area

Gokasho Kondo Town is located in Higashi Omi City in central Shiga Prefecture. The Gokasho-Kindo area is known as a place associated with the Omi merchants. The main residences of the Omi merchants and traditional farmhouses have been selected as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the national government because of their outstanding historical landscape.

The Omi merchants of the Gokasho Kondo district expanded their sales channels, mainly in kimono, cotton and silk products, from the late Edo period to the pre-war period of the Showa era. Even today, long-established textile trading companies with their roots in this area are still active.

As you walk along the streets, you can feel the history of the Omi merchants with the boat-board fences and white-walled warehouses. Colored carp are swimming gracefully in the waterways where clear water flows, and you can enjoy a relaxing time.

In the Kondo area, two Omi merchants' residences (Shigeru Tonomura's and Jungoro Nakae's) and the Kondo Machinami Preservation Exchange Center are open to the public, where you can learn about the appearance of the Omi merchants' main residences.

Highlights

  • The town has a rich atmosphere with beautiful white walls, Japanese gardens, and colorful carp in the waterways.
  • The town has been selected as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings in Japan.
  • At the Nakae Jugoro Residence, you can see a pond garden.
  • In 2015, it was recognized as a Japan Heritage Site "Lake Biwa and its Waterside Scenery: Water Heritage of Prayer and Life.”

Photos

  • Gokasho Kondo Cityscape

    Gokasho Kondo Cityscape

  • Waterways with clear water flowing through the city

    Waterways with clear water flowing through the city

  • Colorful carp swimming gracefully in a waterway

    Colorful carp swimming gracefully in a waterway

  • Colorful carp swimming gracefully in a waterway

    Colorful carp swimming gracefully in a waterway

Reviews

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  • 楊華

    只不過就是一些商人發跡後,重新整修後開放參觀的起家厝。

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Details

Name in Japanese
Gokasho Kondo Cityscape
Postal Code
529-1405
Address
Gokashokondocho, Higashiomi City, Shiga
Tel
0748-29-3920 (Higashi Omi City Tourism Association)
Admission
Free
*Please refer to the official website for details on admission fees to each facility.
Closed
No holidays
Business Hours
Not Specified
Access
10 minutes by bus from Notogawa Station on the JR Biwako Line, 5 minutes walk from Plaza Mikatoyoshi-mae bus stop.
Official Website
Official Website (English)