Nagahama Castle & Hokoen Park 長浜城・豊公園


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Nagahama Castle (reconstructed) in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture is a lakeside castle within Hokoen Park. The original castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 16th century who lived in Nagahama Castle until 1582. The current building was reconstructed in 1983. It serves as a history museum. Hokoen Park fronting Lake Biwa is noted for cherry blossoms and plum blossoms. Near JR Nagahama Station. Also see my YouTube video here. More about Nagahama here. MAP

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Kurokabe Square 黒壁スクエア


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This is the heart of Nagahama's popular shopping district. "Kurokabe" means black wall. A glass shop and workshop, the Otemon-dori shopping arcade, the Hikiyama Museum, and the Ando House are the main attractions. MAP

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Nagahama Hikiyama Festival 長浜曳山祭り


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Held by the Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine, the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri is Nagahama's most famous festival featuring authentic kabuki plays performed by boys around April 15. Several ornate floats on wheels serve as the stage for talented young actors. The floats are paraded along the main street as they a few stops to put on the kabuki plays. These photos were taken in 2009. Also see my YouTube video. MAP

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Daitsuji Temple 大通寺


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Nagahama's most famous temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu sect, Otani school. Inside are fusuma sliding doors with exquisite paintings. Near Kurokabe Square. MAP

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Chikubushima 竹生島


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Chikubushima is a sacred island in northern Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture. Easily accessible by boat from Nagahama and Imazu, the island has a large temple complex called Hogonji worshipping the Goddess Benzaiten and includes buildings designated as National Treasures. Click here to read the folktale of how Chikubushima was created. MAP

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Nishi-Azai: Maruko-bune Museum, Sugaura, Oku Biwako Parkway 丸子船・菅浦・奥琵琶湖パークウェイ・西浅井町


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Nishi-Azai in northern Nagahama is one of Shiga's most scenic areas. There is a museum for the Maruko-bune boat, a once common sight on the lake before trains came to fore. MAP
Sugaura is a quaint lakeshore village on a peninsula. It is will be designated as an Important Cultural Landscape. A pleasant trail goes along the lakeshore trail. MAP
Oku-Biwako Parkway is a scenic mountain road on a peninsula in northern Shiga Prefecture providing great views of Lake Biwa. The most strenuous part of bicycling around Lake Biwa, but you get some of the best views. MAP

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Mt. Shizugatake 賤ヶ岳


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The site of a historic battle between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Shibata Katsuie, Mt. Shizugatake today provides grand views of Lake Biwa and Lake Yogo. Take a bus from Kinomoto Station on the JR Hokuriku Line, get off at Ooto. Then go up the chair lift. The mountain also has a few hiking trails. More about Kinomoto here. MAP

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Kinomoto Jizo-in and Kinomoto-juku 木之本地蔵院・木之本宿


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This temple is noted for its giant statue of Jizo, one of Japan's three largest Jizo statues. Jizo is the guardian deity of children and travelers. The temple's real name is Joshinji (浄信寺). It's along the old Hokkoku Kaido road going to the Hokuriku region. The temple's Kinomoto Jizo Ennichi Festival held on Aug. 22-25 is one of Kinomoto town's major events. MAP

Kinomoto-juku in northern Nagahama is a former lodging post town along the old Hokkoku Kaido Road going to the Hokuriku region. It was Kinomoto-juku's main street. It is also known as the place where Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo's wife Chiyo bought a fine horse for her husband. Other sights include Shakudoji temple and Kinomoto Station. MAP

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Lake Yogo 余呉湖


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Lake Yogo is a small but scenic and serene lake north of Lake Biwa. It is famous for the legend of the swan maiden. You can walk or bicycle around the lake. Near Yogo Station on the JR Hokuriku Line. Rental bicycles available at Yogo Station. MAP

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Niu Chawan Matsuri Festival 丹生 茶わん祭り


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One of Shiga's rarest and unusual festivals was held for the first time in six years on May 4, 2009. Held by Niu Shrine deep in a mountain valley of Yogo in northern Nagahama, the festival featured sacred dances by boys dressed as girls, three floats topped with lofty "balancing act" decorations, and a procession of colorful dancers. Also see my YouTube video here. MAP

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Odani Castle 小谷城


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Odani Castle in northern Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, was originally built in 1524 atop Mt. Odani (495 m). The Azai clan called it home for three generations until Azai Nagamasa was defeated by Oda Nobunaga in 1573. Nobunaga bestowed the castle to Hashiba (Toyotomi) Hideyoshi. However, Toyotomi built and occupied a castle in Nagahama, abandoning Odani. No buildings have survived, but there are many rock walls and foundations remaining. Odani Castle enjoyed the spotlight in 2011 when NHK TV broadcast a year-long period drama centering on one of Nagamasa's daughters named Go. MAP

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Azai Folk History Museum 浅井歴史民俗資料館(お市の里)


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The Azai area has historic ties to nearby Odani Castle and Anegawa River (battle). This unique museum complex (also called Oichi-no-Sato) consists of three buildings including two thatched-roof houses with interesting displays including silk production. Learn more about the Azai Clan, Odani Castle, and the Battle of Anegawa. Well worth a trip. 滋賀県長浜市大依町528 MAP

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Takatsuki 高月


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Near JR Takatsuki Station are several notable sights. Doganji Temple (Kogenji) is the keeper of the town's symbol: A beautiful 11-face Kannon statue designated as a National Treasure. Nearby is the Kannon Folk History Museum (Kannon no Sato Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan) with numerous Kannon statues on display. And the Deai-no-Mori local public library has an exhibition room for famed novelist Inoue Yasushi who visited Takatsuki many times. Further away is Amenomori Hoshu-an museum, dedicated to Takatsuki native and Confucian scholar Amenomori Hoshu (1668-1755) who was Japan's main diplomat to Korea in the mid-Edo Period. Also, Kita-Omi Resort is a natural hot spring facility complemented by a few restaurants and even the Egypt Pavilion from Aichi Expo 2005. MAP

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Torahime 虎姫


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Torahime's sights include Mt. Toragozen-yama with its low hills, ancient tumuli, shrines, and campgrounds. It also affords a fine view of the town. Beautiful in spring with numerous cherry trees. Near the foot is also the Jiyukan Hall for exhibitions, tourist info, and a place to relax and meet. Torahime also has noted temples Gomura Betsuin, Gyokusenji (Gansan Daishi), and the Wooden Seated Kannon Statue in the Kannon-do Hall.

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Hayasaki Naiko Biotope, Kohoku Waterfowl Park, Minamihama 早崎内湖ビオトープ・湖北町水鳥公園・びわ町


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Hayasaki (Hayazaki) Naiko was an attached lake to Lake Biwa until it was filled in as reclaimed land in 1970. A number of attached lakes in Shiga were reclaimed to make rice paddies amid a shortage of food after the war. This has proven to be detrimental to Lake Biwa's ecology, and now Shiga wants to restore Hayasaki's reclaimed land back to an attached lake. In Nov. 2001, part of the land was flooded with water as an experiment, and the ensuing plant and wildlife were observed. MAP
The Kohoku Waterfowl Park has a lake shore where migratory birds like tundra swans and bean geese gather. A convenient waterfowl observation center makes it easy to observe the birds. Also see Kohoku Mizudori Station, a roadside shop and restaurant (michi-no-eki) selling local products. MAP
This Kohoku-cho area has a nice bicycling path and Minamihama swimming beach.

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Sugatani Onsen Spa 須賀谷温泉


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Sugatani Spa is a hot spring near Mt. Odani. The hot spring water has been used since centuries ago. Sugatani hot spring is famous for being a favorite of Ichi, the sister of feudal lord Oda Nobunaga and wife of Lord Azai Nagamasa in the 16th century. She lived in nearby Odani Castle. Rebuilt in 2004, the bathing facilities are still quite new. MAP

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Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace 石田三成公出生地


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Lord Ishida Mitsunari was born in 1560 in Ishida village in Shiga Pref. The area can be reached by bus from Nagahama Station. His birthplace and former residence have monuments dedicated to this fallen but revered leader of the Western Forces which lost to Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Take a bus from Nagahama Station and get off at Ishida bus stop. 長浜市石田町 MAP

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Battle of Anegawa 姉川古戦場


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Anegawa River was the site of a major battle with Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu defeating Azai Nagamasa and the Asakura clan on Aug. 9 1570. The area was left with so many dead that the river ran red, and local place names such as Chibara (Blood Field) stuck.

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Nagahama Station and Railroad Square 長浜駅・長浜鉄道スクエア


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Nagahama Station, new and old. Nagahama's first train station building is also preserved as Nagahama Railroad Square. The new train station (opened in Oct. 2006) is modeled after the first one. MAP

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Yanmar Museum & Other Nagahama Museums ヤンマーミュージアム・他


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Yanmar Museum was opened in March 2013 to mark the company's 100th anniversary. Besides showing off Yanmar's diesel engines, rice-farming tractors, and the life of Yanmar founder Yamaoka Magokichi from Takatsuki, there are interactive exhibits fun for kids (and adults). MAP
Every Jan.-Mar., the Keiunkan, a former guesthouse originally built in 1887 to accommodate Emperor Meiji when he visited Nagahama, holds the Nagahama Bonbaiten exhibition (Nagahama Bonsai Plum Trees 長浜盆梅展). The Keiunkan is near Nagahama Station's west exit, toward the south end. MAP
The Kunitomo Gun Museum (Kunitomo teppo no sato Shiryokan 国友鉄砲の里資料館} is also worth a visit. Located where the gunsmiths lived and worked. MAP

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Hokoku Jinja 豊国神社


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Dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this shrine is a 3-min. walk from Nagahama Station. It holds the Toka Ebisu Festival on Jan. 9-11. Ebisu is one of the seven gods of good fortune. MAP

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Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine 長浜八幡宮


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The city's most popular shrine on New Year's Day. About 150,000 people worship at the beginning of the new year. It also holds the annual Hikiyama Float Festival in April. MAP

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Go and Azai Sisters Expo 2011 江・浅井三姉妹博覧会


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In concert with NHK TV’s year-long Taiga Drama called Go–Himetachi no Sengoku (Go–Noble Ladies of Feudal Japan), Nagahama is holding a year-long mini expo called Go and Azai Sister Trio Expo (Go–Azai Sanshimai Hakurankai 江・浅井三姉妹博覧会) from Jan. 15 to Dec. 4, 2011.

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Nagahama Sengoku Taiga Furusato-haku Expo 長浜戦国大河ふるさと博


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Nagahama Sengoku Taiga Furusato-haku, or Nagahama Warring States Hometown Expo, is a feudal history expo held from March 24 to Dec. 2, 2012. The expo highlights three areas of interest in Nagahama: Odani Castle and Azai, Kinomoto and Mt. Shizugatake, and central Nagahama and Chikubushima island. The main expo pavilion is in Kinomoto. The expo focuses on the Battle of Shizugatake and Anegawa River.

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