Spots in Omihachiman Area

  • Himure Hachimangu Shrine
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    3.5
    154 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Miyauchichou 257
    The Omi merchants had faith in this Shinto shrine from the days of old. According to tradition, the Emperor Seimu established it to worship Oshima Okami in 131 AD. The three Shinto gods now enshrined there are Hontawake-no-Mikoto, Okinagatarashihime-no-mikoto, and Himekami. The shrine holds two fire festivals: The Sagicho Festival in March, consisting of a competition where parishioners make portable shrines covered with talismans, and the Hachiman Festival in April where they burn an enormous 10-meter-tall torch.

    This shrine is beautiful and worth stopping by. Best of all no entrance and is well kept. Restroom is across the street from the shrine. Many Japanese people come here for short prayers. We took a...

  • Kyukamura Ohmi-Hachiman Campground
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Okishimachou Miyagahama
    A campground located on the grounds of the Kyukamura Omi-Hachiman hotel in Miyagahama Okishima-cho, Omihachiman City. Situated in front of beautiful Lake Biwa, the campground has permanent deluxe tents with tarps and benches, raised wooden platforms for visitors to pitch their own tents on, and roofed day trip barbecue sites. The campground also has lodges with warm water showers. In addition, guests can make use of the large indoor hot spring bath in the hotel’s west building.

    日帰りの近江牛会席を利用しました。その日は快晴で、窓際の席からはとても素晴らしい景色が堪能できました。価格も手頃で、施設は綺麗で、スタッフの方々の対応も良く、お勧めです!

  • Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo
    Shopping
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Kuzushi Sunayama 1178 - 694
    An outlet shopping mall situated along National Route 477 in Oaza Kuzushi Aza Sunayama, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The mall is home to a variety of domestic and international brand outlet shops carrying apparel, sports equipment, outdoor equipment, accessories, and more. The mall also has a food court and holds a variety of events.
  • Chomeiji Temple
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi -chomeijichou 157
    A Buddhist temple located in Chomeiji-cho, Omihachiman City. Records state the temple was founded by Prince Shotoku. The temple’s principal object of worship is a 1,000 handed, 11 faced, three bodied figure of Kanzeon Bodhisattva; said to grant long life and health to worshippers, this figure has attracted believers since ancient times. Temple buildings such as the main temple are designated Important Cultural Properties and every structure is at least designated a Cultural Property by the city or prefecture. The temple is counted as the 31st temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.

    As part of my cycling tour around Ōmihachiman, I stopped at Chomeiji Temple and decided to climb up the stairs which is something you shouldnt do (at least when its summer). However, climbing the...

  • Roadside Station Agri Park Ryuo
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Yamanoue 6526
    A roadside station situated along National Route 477 in Yamanoue, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The station has a farm fresh shop selling local specialty and agricultural products, a restaurant, bread bakery, tourism farm, petting zoo, charcoal barbecue ground, and a museum where visitors can experience what life was like for local farmers here long ago. The station also holds rice planting and harvesting activities for visitors (in May and September, respectively).

    三井アウトレットパーク滋賀竜王へ行った足で、道の駅も行ってきました。 動物のふれあい広場があったり、目の前には池があったりして、のんびりできました。

  • Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archeological Museum
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Aduchichoushimotoira 6678
    A museum located in Shimotoira Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The museum contains exhibits on artifacts excavated from ancient burial mounds and historic sites such as the Dainaka-no-ko Konan Iseki ruins; fortresses and castles from the medieval to the modern period such as and the Kannonji Castle Ruins and the Azuchi Castle Ruins; and Oda Nobunaga, the mighty samurai lord who built Azuchi Castle. The museum also holds special exhibitions.

    近江八幡駅からレンタサイクルで安土城天守信長の館へ行き、その近くにあり一緒に行きました。湖南遺跡、安土瓢箪山古墳を中心に展示されていて、企画展として『びわ湖と城』も開催されていました○

  • Roadside Station Ryuo Kagaminosato
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Kagami 1231-2
    A roadside station situated along National Route 8 in Kagami, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The station sells Omi rice grown in Ryuo Town and other local agricultural and specialty products as well as bento box lunches, side dishes, and fresh-baked breads. The station’s restaurant serves 100% Omi beef Hamburg steaks and other dishes made with Omi beef and rice, in addition to “Yoshitsune Genpuku Ryori,” a meal which recreates the kind of food samurai warriors would eat on special occasions in the Kamakura period (reservation required at least seven days in advance; minimum number of party members: 3).

    道の駅 竜王かがみの里の中にあるレストランです。出張時のランチで利用しました。近江牛が有名みたいでしたが、高かったのでカレーを頂きました。カレーは至って普通でしたが美味しかったです。

  • Kawara Museum
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    3.5
    46 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Omihachiman-shi Tagacho 738-2
    This museum, located in Taga-cho, Omihachiman City, contains exhibits on Hachiman roof tiles, a local industry which developed with the building of Hachimanyama Castle in 1585 by Toyotomi Hidetsugu. Here visitors can view gold leaf and eave-end roof tiles excavated from the ruins of Hidetsugu’s residence, decorative ridge-end gargoyle roof tiles and tile figures from the Edo period, and gargoyle roof tiles from studios and workshops situated along the Hachiman-bori Canal.

    Very expensive entry fee ($10 / 1,000 yen) to see some roof-tiles. If it was more friendly fee, I think you would have seen more visitors.

  • William Merrell Vories Library
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Jionjichou Moto 11
    A memorial museum located in Moto Jionji-cho, Omihachiman City. The museum operates out of the former home of Merrell Vories Hitotsuyanagi, the founder of the Omi Brotherhood, Ltd. company and first honorary citizen of Omihachiman City. Hitotsuyanagi also contributed greatly to the development of the area through social work and facility construction, including building churches and founding what is now Vories Gakuen and Vories Memorial Hospital. The museum preserves and displays items which belonged to Hitotsuyanagi and contains exhibits on the man.

    建築家ヴォーリスの住んでいた家を記念館にしたもの。電話で予約をして、入ることが出来た。ヴォーリスを紹介するビデオを見て、建物の設計図などを見ることが出来る。キリスト教の宣教のために日本に来た、その精神に触れることが出来る。

  • Mikami-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Mikami 838
    A Shinto shrine situated along National Route 8 in Mikami, Yasu City. The shrine is dedicated to Ame-no-Mikage-no-Kami, who is said to have descended to Mt. Mikami during the reign of Emperor Korei, the seventh emperor of Japan. The shrine’s main shrine building, estimated to have been built in the late Kamakura period, has been designated a National Treasure.

    ご祭神は、天之御影命で、名神大の式内社で、旧官幣中社とのことです。本殿が国宝で、拝殿、楼門、摂社若宮神社本殿(建造物)が重要文化財と見ごたえがあります。無料駐車場が二か所あるのですが、当日は、三上山(近江富士)に登る方で満車でした。神社におまいりの方の場合は少し待てば駐車場に空きが出るのですが、登山の方の場合は待てど暮らせど空きがでません。今回は駐車を一旦あきらめ、他の場所を訪れた後、もう少し時間...

  • Hyozu Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Gojou 566
    A Shinto shrine located in Gojo, Yasu City. This ancient shrine was built in the distant Nara period and is dedicated to Yachihoko-no-Kami. Frequented by samurai warriors in ancient times, its magnificent Sakura-mon gate is said to have been donated by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji and the shrine’s treasures includes numerous sets of arms and armor. The shrine’s garden is also a designated national Place of Scenic Beauty.

    ご祭神は八千矛神、名神大社の式内社で、旧県社とのことです。平安時代後期作庭の庭園が国の名勝指定です。庭園がきれいでした。休日でしたが訪れている方は少なく、ゆっくり庭園を独占できました。無料駐車場があります。

  • Zuiryuji Temple (Honzan Murakumo Imperial Palace)
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Miyauchichou 19-9
    A Buddhist temple located at the summit of Mt. Hachiman in Miyauchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The temple was built by mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, older sister of the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, to serve as a burial site for her son, the samurai lord Toyotomi Hidetsugu, after he was ordered to commit suicide by Hideyoshi. The temple was later moved to its current location. Each year in June the temple holds the Hachimanyama Jizo Festival.

    近江を見渡せる八幡山山頂にある八幡城本丸跡に建てられた門跡寺院。雨の日で時間も遅かったので他に観光客がいなく霧の中に包まれた心が落ち着く神秘的な場所でした。御所から運ばれてきた貴重なモダンな電気、家具なども見れます。 2020年の琵琶湖ビエンナーレの作品も展示してありました。 是非また訪れたいです。

  • Hachiman-bori Canal
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Tagachou 743
    The Hachimanbori Boat Tour takes visitors on a tour of the Hachimanbori Canal, well known from samurai movies, in an old-style covered boat. The tour is enjoyable in any season: passengers can see cherry blossoms in the spring, willows in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and snowy scenery in the winter. The tour, which runs from Hakuun Bridge to Shinmachihama to the ruins of the brick factory and back, takes about 35 minutes. Whether visitors go in the crowded cherry blossom season or at less popular times, they say that they sense a different mood each time. Gliding down the canal, lined with white-walled storehouses, is a peaceful way to spend some time.

    そう長い距離を乗船しているわけでは有りませんが、水郷の町ならではの体験ですね。若干水が汚れているのは気に掛かりましたが、のんびりとした時間を過ごせます。

  • Hachiman-bori Canal
    Travel / Tourism
    Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture
    A canal located in Miyauchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The canal was once used by Toyotomi Hidetsugu, nephew to the great samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi, to further the movement of goods inland from Lake Biwa and bring prosperity to the town surrounding his home of Hachimanyama Castle. From the 1950s to the 60s, the canal was used for domestic wastewater and became seriously polluted, but thanks to the cleaning and preservation efforts of local residents, the state of the canal is now much improved. Today, the canal is a sightseeing destination renowned for its atmospheric scenery and is frequently used to film period dramas.
  • Shiga Agricultural Park Blumen Hügel
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Gamo-gun Hino Cho Nishioji 843
    About 20 minutes from the Youkaichi Interchange off the Meishin Expressway, this park, designed to look like a medieval German farming village spreads across the Kitayama hill region. The extensive flower fields are filled with rape seed blossoms in the spring, sunflowers in the summer, and cosmos blooms in the autumn. They are bursting with wonderful blooms in each season. The hot houses have small rose and herb gardens. The park has a petting zoo with sheep, horses, and cows, a grass tobogganing area, and an air jumper. The alpine gym is also popular, along with the gigantic athletic course which includes 72 different kinds of climbing attractions. Sausage making workshops are also offered.
  • Shiga-kenritsu Omi Fuji Karyoku Park
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Mikami 519 Omi Fuji flower park
    A public park situated along Prefectural Route 325 in Mikami, Yasu City. The park has a playground; botanical garden; lodges and Japanese-style rooms for staying the night in; a barbecue ground; forest-themed museum; woodworking class facility; and the Satonoie, a restored former private home from the early Showa period.

    小さい子供連れなら遊具のある希望が丘側のあたりで一日中楽しめる。梅林があったかも、と三上山のすぐ麓側の植物園エリアを訪ねてみると、バラ園やハーブ園があるもののちょっと整備が行き届かず寂れた雰囲気であった。駐車場は30+50台と広い。お目当ての梅は枝ぶりの見事な数本があって、2月なのに梅はもう盛りを過ぎていた。麓から見上げる三上山は大きくどっしりとしていた。

  • Omihino Merchant Museum
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunhinochou Okubo 1011
    A museum located in Okubo, Hino Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The museum operates out of a residence which once belonged to Omi Hino merchant Yamanaka Hyoemon. Its standing exhibit presents the history of the Omi Hino merchants from the Edo period to the pre-war period. The museum also holds several special exhibits throughout the year.

    In the 18th century, merchants from Hino pioneered new business practices, establishing convenience store-like shops in eastern Japan that made them wealthy. They left their wives and children...

  • Dotaku Museum and Yasu City History and Folk Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Tsujimachi 57-1
    This museum is located in Tsujimachi, Yasu City. The museum contains exhibits on the history and casting methods of dotaku Yayoi period bell-shaped bronze vessels, with a focus on the 24 Oiwayama dotaku excavated at Oiwayama in 1881 and 1962. The museum also contains exhibits on the folk customs and history of Yasu, such as a model recreation of the Nagahara Palace (excluding during special exhibitions and exhibition changeover periods).

    銅鐸が展示してあり、特に製造方法などが学べます。古墳好きにはたまりません。近隣の古墳公園とセットで訪れることをおすすめします。

  • Kannonshoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Omihachiman-shi Azuchicho Ishidera 2
    52 minutes from the Hikone Interchange on the Meishin Expressway via National Route 8. Records state this Tendai Buddhist temple was founded around 1,400 years ago by Prince Shotoku for a mermaid, making it the only such temple tied to a mermaid legend in the country. The 32nd temple on the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage, it has been popular since the Heian period for gracing worshippers with fortune in all things and luck in finding love and marriage. In 1993, the temple's main temple building and principal object of worship were destroyed in a fire, but these were restored in 2004. The current principal object of worship is a seated thousand-armed, thousand-eyed statue of the bodhisattva Kannon crafted entirely of Indian sandalwood. Lucky visitors to the temple just might encounter Kuritaro, a cat who lives on the grounds.
  • Gamounonoyu
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    2.5
    11 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Yamanoue 7104-1
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Yamanoue, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. In addition to natural hot spring outdoor baths and indoor baths, the bathhouse also has scrubbing and massage corners as well as a rest area and other facilities. The adjoining restaurant serves cold zaru soba noodles and other light meals as well as dishes made with Omi beef.

    立ち寄り湯でお湯がいいとこをを探してここにきました。泉質はそこそこですが、この辺りにしては温泉ぽさは感じられると思います。アクセスは見えるのに入口が分からなくてぐるぐるしました。反対車線からは入りづらいのでご注意!

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Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.

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