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Hachiman-bori Canal

It is a castle town that prospered as a commercial city in connection with the Omi merchants. Have fun with the charm from both land and water.

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Omihachiman city is located in the Koto area on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa in the central Shiga Prefecture. It is a scenic castle town where the blessings of Kokoku (Lake Country) and old and new Western and Japanese culture are alive. The city has a long history,and about 430 years ago, Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s nephew Hidetsugu built Hachimanyama Castle in conjunction with reconstruction of Koto after the death of Oda Nobunaga and was prospered as a commercial city by the Omi merchants who gathered around the castle town. On the southeastern shore of Lake Biwa in the northeastern part of the city, a Suigo/river district designated as the nation’s first important cultural landscape spreads over.

In a corner there, it is Hachiman-bori Canal, a canal that flows around Mt. Hachiman and flows into Lake Biwa. It was excavated by Hidetsugu as a moat of Hachimanyama Castle and was also called Hachiman-ura then, they say, because the barges that came and went Lake Biwa called a port there. The scenery with the white-walled Dozo (storehouse) standing side by side and the calm water surface is full of historical atmosphere and is also a location for historical drama(s).

It is recommended to have a tour by a houseboat around Hachiman-bori and enjoy the relaxing time while taking a long look at the beautiful scenery. You might make a trip as well around Suigo/riverside district that is slowly going through the large and small various waterways surrounded by thickly growing Reed by a rowing boat, which is called the slowest vehicle in Japan. Listen to the boatman’s tone in a flowing style and the sound of oars and let’s enjoy the sparkling water surface and the breeze.

Moreover, the castle towns around Hachiman-bori are full of attractions. While visiting many well-known architecture by William Merrell Vories who had a great love for this place, the tradesman’s houses related to Omi merchants, and the old streets that maintain the atmosphere of old times, you would like to have a leisurely stroll without hasting ahead.

Highlights

  • A land related to Omi merchants and prospered for 430 years.
  • On-the-water trip on the moat and Suigo/riverside district, swayed by a small boat.
  • A leisurely stroll around the castle town that is full of attractions.

Photos

  • On-the-water trip by a small boat on Hachiman-bori Canal where has a wonderful scenery of four seasons.

    On-the-water trip by a small boat on Hachiman-bori Canal where has a wonderful scenery of four seasons.

  • On-the-water trip by a small boat on Hachiman-bori Canal where has a wonderful scenery of four seasons.

    On-the-water trip by a small boat on Hachiman-bori Canal where has a wonderful scenery of four seasons.

  • The Shinmachi Dori streets where strongly left the taste of castle town.

    The Shinmachi Dori streets where strongly left the taste of castle town.

Reviews

5
  • Ami Lin

    兩旁風景怡人,可惜水不乾淨。

  • 劉方怡

    鄉下地方沒什麼人,有一些當年發跡致富有錢人所留下的老房子可以參觀。

  • Vincent Chan

    小橋流水人家,享受怡然自得休閒時光。

  • Hwo Shan Shan

    古色古香的,搭船很放鬆,湖面非常乾淨感覺很清澈,櫻花也很漂亮!

  • 鄭鈺文

    河道兩旁都是古色古香的建築,可以搭著小船遊覽小鎮風光。

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Details

Name in Japanese
八幡堀
Postal Code
523-0828
Address
Miyauchicho, Omihachiman City, Shiga
Tel
0748-32-7003 (Omihachiman Tourism and Products Association)
Access
From Omihachiman Station of the JR Biwako Line, take the Omi Railway Bus Chomeiji Line for about 7 minutes, get off at Osugicho or Hachimanyama Ropeway, and a short walk.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)