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.
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.
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.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- Miyauchicho, Omihachiman City, Shiga
- 0748-32-7003 (Omihachiman Tourism and Products Association)
- 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)