Chomeji Temple was erected around the 4th century near the beautiful lake Biwako, Japan’s largest natural lake. It centers around the life story of Takenouchi no Sukune, a famous ancient politician who, according to the legend, lived for the next 300 years after carving a passage into a […]

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Kyu-Chikurin-In is a former temple located near the prefectural city of Otsu in Shiga prefecture. It’s located just a few minutes away from Kyoto Station. While no longer a temple, the place has been turned into a "Satobo" or retirement house for the priest of Enryaku-Ji temple

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It is said that the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri (festival) started over 400 years ago in order to celebrate the birth of the son of Hideyoshi Toyotomi a local warlord. Ever since locals in Nagahama city have worked hard to maintain this massive gorgeous Hikiyama floats as a matter […]

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On the beautiful Lake Biwa, Japan's biggest natural lake, you will find the small island of Chikubu (Chikubu-Shima). There you will find more remote temples with Tsukubusuma-Jinja Shrine and the famous Hogon-Ji Temple (Hogonji) which was founded on the island by the priest Gyoki(668-749) [...]

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Located in the suburbs of Otsu, Shiga prefecture capital city, Kanou Shoujuan Sunai no Sato is a longstanding Japanese style confectioner famous all across Japan. While people visiting Kanou Shoujuan Sunai no Sato can shop for some of the best Japanese sweet, it is also possible there to participate […]

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Just on the opposite side of the Tonomura Shigeru house, you will find another beautiful Japanese traditional house turned museum which also belonged to a member of the Tonomura family, Uhee Tonomura. Here you will be able to enjoy every room that the house has to offer and enjoy […]

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Tonomura Shigeru is a famous Japanese writer. The Tonomura Shigeru House, or in Japanese Tonomura Shigerutei, is a beautiful traditional Japanese house with a little garden located in the heart of Gokasho Kondo. The house has been turned into a museum. [...]

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The Traditional Townscape of Gokasho, also known as Gokasho Kondo, is a set of former merchant residences located in Higashi-Omi, Shiga Prefecture and is comprised of 3 temples and 3 houses with a garden turned museum. Gokasho Kondo is designated as a national traditional building conservation district […]

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Genkyu-en Garden is a Daimyo ("feudal lord") garden located to the northeast of Hikone Castle.  It was created in 1677 to resemble the Eight Views of Omi originating from the Chinese Eight Views of Xiaoxiang and from the Eight Views of Lake Biwa. [...]

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Completed in 1622 after more than 20 years of intense labor, Hikone Castle, a hilltop castle, survived many wars and calamities is one of Japan’s very few original castles entirely build in wood, unlike Osaka and Aichi Castle for example. [...]

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Hachiman-bori Canal is the pride and joy of Omihachiman City. The canal is five-kilometers long and was used in the past to not only transport people and merchandise but also used to divide the city by class and caste. [...]

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Located at the foot of Mount Hachiman in Shiga prefecture, and a few meters away from the Hachiman Bori canal, Himure Hachimangu Shrine is the largest shrine in Omihachiman. It was first established in 131 by Takenouchi no Sukune. In 275 Emperor Ojin visited the shrine and had a […]

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