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Kurokabe Square

The old streets of traditional architecture are filled with craft and art workshops and stores.

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Castle town

Nagahama City is a castle town where Hashiba Hideyoshi became the first lord with the castle and gained a foothold as his success in life.The current central city area was developed as the core of the Kohoku region. Even Nagahama Castle got abandoned after Siege of Osaka (Osaka no Jin), it has been prosperous as a post town on the Hokkoku Kaido, a key point for the water transportation of Lake Biwa, and a temple town of Daitsuji Temple (Nagahama Gobo).

From the Showa 40's to the early Showa 60's (around 1965-1985), the hollowing-out of the city got accelerated but was reconstructed by the revitalization of the glass industry. The third sector is “Kurokabe Corporation .” established for the purpose of regional revitalization and preservation of traditional architecture, as being a driving force, regenerated the traditional architecture group in the central city area. The “Kurokabe Square”area which puts glass shops, interactive facilities, and restaurants in place is a popular place that attracts as many as 2 million tourists annually.

The core facility is the “Kurokabe Glass Shop (Kurokabe 1st )”. The heavy Western-style building with the black plaster (shikkui) was built in 1900 (the 33rdyear of Meiji period) as the Nagahama branch of the 130th National Bank, and reborn in 1989 (the 1st year of Heisei period) as a glass shop displaying and selling about 30,000 domestic and foreign glass products. Currently, it has expanded to 22 stores including directly managed and participating stores, and besides glass, various craft-related interactive facilities and shops are plentiful.

Highlights

  • One of the most popular tourist spots in Shiga prefecture.
  • A photogenic landscape interwoven with the traditional black-plastered (shikkui) buildings.
  • A variety of fun are plentiful, such as, craft interactive, strolling around the town, and dining and drinking.

Photos

  • The Core facility "Kurokabe Glass Shop (Kurokabe 1st)"

    The Core facility "Kurokabe Glass Shop (Kurokabe 1st)"

  • Various glass crafts are exhibited and sold.

    Various glass crafts are exhibited and sold.

  • A variety of cafes and restaurants renovated from traditional architecture are plentiful.

    A variety of cafes and restaurants renovated from traditional architecture are plentiful.

Reviews

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  • MEFEI WANG

    很寧靜的鄉下地方,像是走在台灣老街上,販售的玻璃工藝品質量不錯。

  • 李文生

    路上人潮稀稀落落感覺上沒什麼人氣,走走逛逛吃點當地特色的小吃還算OK。

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Details

Name in Japanese
黒壁スクエア
Postal Code
526-0059
Address
12-38 Motohamacho, Nagahama City, Shiga (Kurokabe 1st, Kurokabe Glass Shop )
Tel
0749-65-2330 (Kurokabe 1st, Kurokabe Glass Shop )
Closed
Varies by stores and facilities
Business Hours
Varies by stores and facilities
Prices
Varies by stores and facilities
Directions
5 minute-walk from Nagahama Station on the JR Hokuriku Line
Credit Cards
Varies by stores and facilities
Official Website
Official Website (English)