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Domo arigato.
  • View From Mount Hachiman Over Omihachiman

  • View From Mount Hachiman Over Omihachiman

  • Himure Hachimangu Shrine In Omihachiman

  • Hachiman Bori Canal

  • Hachiman Bori Canal

  • Hachiman Bori Canal

  • Meijibashi Bridge Along Hachiman Bori Canal

  • Hachiman Bori Canal

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Facts & Figures

The beautiful castle town Omihachiman (population: 81 000) is located at the center of the Shiga Prefecture near the largest freshwater lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. The city covers an area of 76.97 square km. Omihachiman was one of the post towns along the Nakasendo Route like Tsumago, Narai and Magome. Nakasendo connected during Edo time Kyoto and Tokyo with 69 stations in-between.

History

The Hachiman-yama-jo Castle was built in 1585 by Toyotomi Hidetsugu. It was also the foundation of the Omihachiman town. It was home of the famous and very wealthy Omi Merchants also called Omi Shonin.

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Omihachiman is located within the Shiga Prefecture.

How to get to Omihachiman?

  • 1hr from Osaka Station to Omihachiman Station served by JR Tokaido Line or
  • 140min from Shinagawa Station (Tokyo) to Maibara Station by JR Tokaido Line and
  • 20min from Maibara Station to Omihachiman Station by JR Biwako Line or
  • 30min from Kyoto Station to Omihachiman Station by JR Biwako Line

Sightseeing spots

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Himure Hachimangu Shrine - the largest shrine in town was built in 991, Emperor Ichijo gave order for the construction, later the shrine was relocated at the foot of Mount Hachiman

Mount Hachiman - use the Hachiman Yama Ropeway to get to the top of the mountain, enjoy the amazing views over Lake Biwa and the city

Hachiman Bori Canal - the canal, connected to lake Biwa, was used to transport goods and people by ship, the scenery along the canal is really beautiful especially during cherry blossom season

Shin Machi Dori - the preserved Edo Period houses along the street are a must-see for your visit, it was the living area of the wealthy Omi merchants, the atmosphere on the evening is stunning

Nishikawa and Ban residences - are typical merchant houses and open for the public (500 yen fee incl. the History and Folk Museum)

Chomeiji Temple - foundation date is unknown, it is the 31st Temple of the Saigoku 33 Temple Pilgrimage of Western Japan, the temple contains a three storied pagoda and a main hall, the uphill path with its 808 stone steps takes 20min

Azuchi Castle - it was built in 1576, only ruins remain of the once largest multi-storied wooden building in the world

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

March

Sagicho Fire Festival (Sunday - mid March)
The tradition of Sagicho Matsuri or Omihachiman no Hi-matsuri goes back till the 16th century. Showers of fire sparks around the blazing Sagicho floats are the main attraction in the streets of Omihachiman. Join the locals and have a crazy night with great music, people dancing in the streets and amazing food.