|Konan, Shiga (湖南市; Konan-shi)|
|Ishibe-juku More Konan photos here.|
|Google Map of Konan here.|
|Location||Shiga Prefecture, Kinki region, Honshu island, JAPAN|
|Population||55,751 (2,818 foreigners) (2009-10-01)|
|City Centers||Kosei (Kousei), Ishibe|
|Major Sights||Jorakuji, Chojuji, and Zensuiji Temples|
|Major Gateways||JR Kusatsu Line Ishibe Station, Kosei Station|
|Train Stations||JR Kusatsu Line Ishibe Station, Kosei Station, Mikumo Station|
|Claim to Fame||Konan Sanzan are three temples with National Treasures.|
|Neighbors||Yasu, Ritto, Koka, Ryuo-cho|
|Old Name(s)||Ishibe-cho, Kosei-cho|
|Keywords||Konan Sanzan, shukuba|
|Links||Konan Articles | Konan Photos|
|Konan Tourist Information|
|Location||〒520-3288 滋賀県湖南市中央1-1 湖南市商工観光課内
Chuo 1-1, Konan-shi, Shiga 520-3288 JAPAN
|Tourist Links||City Tourism Tourist Ass.|
|Int'l Association||Konan International Association|
|Volunteer Guides||Tel: 0748-71-2331|
|Konan City Hall 湖南市役所|
|Address||東庁舎 〒520-3288 滋賀県湖南市中央一丁目１番地
Chuo 1-1, Konan-shi, Shiga 520-3288 JAPAN
|Phone/Fax||East Office 0748-72-1290
West Office 0748-77-3101
|Official Site||Japanese | English|
|Bird:||Japanese Bush Warbler|
|Others:||Utsukushi matsu pine tree|
|Logo:||Blue water for Lake Biwa and green spot for Konan in the south|
This page is 70% complete. Last updated: July 2, 2011
by Philbert Ono
Konan (湖南市; Konan-shi) is a city in southeastern Shiga Prefecture.
One of Shiga's smaller cities and landlocked, Konan was formed in 2004 upon the merger of Kosei and Ishibe towns. Ishibe-juku was the 51st post town on the Tokaido Road and there is an outdoor architectural museum replicating typical buildings from the old post town. The city also has three Tendai Buddhist temples noted for National Treasure buildings. They are collectively called "Konan Sanzan" (湖南三山) (Konan Temple Trio). For such a small city to have as many as three National Treasures is really something to boast about. Konan also has traditional crafts such as indigo dyeing and pottery called Shimoda-yaki.
"Konan" 湖南 means "South of the Lake" which might be misleading in Japanese since the city does not face the Lake Biwa and has no lake shore. (The lake's southern shore is dominated by Otsu.) The name is also sometimes confused with Konan-cho 甲南町, a former town in neighboring Koka city which also has Konan Station 甲南駅. Note that Konan is not pronounced like "Conan" (as in the barbarian). Konan is easily accessble via the JR Kusatsu Line from JR Kusatsu Station.
|Jorakuji Temple||Chojuji Temple||Ishibe Shukuba no Sato|
|Fudo-no-taki Waterfall||Zensuiji Temple||Indigo Dyeing|
- Jorakuji Temple 常楽寺 - A stone's throw from Chojuji Temple in Konan, Jorakuji Temple (est. 708) of the Tendai Buddhist Sect boasts two National Treasures with its main hall and three-story pagoda. It is one of the Konan Sanzan Temple Trio accessible by bus from JR Ishibe Station.
- Chojuji Temple 長寿寺 - Meaning "Long Life Temple," Chojuji's Hondo temple hall is a National Treasure. It belongs to the Tendai Buddhist Sect and one of the Konan Sanzan Temple Trio along with Jorakuji and Zensuiji Temples. Fall colors are also nice. Accessible by bus from Ishibe Station or walk from Jorakuji.
- Zensuiji Temple 善水時 - One of the Konan Sanzan Trio of Tendai Buddhist National Treasure temples in Konan, Zensuiji is accessible by bus from JR Kosei Station on the JR Kusatsu Line. Established in the 8th century, the temple's main Hondo Hall is the National Treasure. It is on the slope of Mt. Iwane. Near JR Kosei Station.
- Ishibe Shukuba no Sato 石部宿場の里 - Ishibe was the 51st stage town on the Tokaido Road where even Emperor Meiji once stayed (with an entourage of over 3,000). The town's Shukuba no Sato park recreates the old stage town. There is also a Tokaido Museum next to the park.
- Konki Senshoku indigo dyeing - Try your hand at tie-dyeing with natural indigo dye. Konki Senshoku is one of only three shops in Shiga which still produces indigo dye and fabrics traditionally. They grow their own indigo plants, dry the leaves in the sun, and extract the dye. You can do indigo dyeing with a cotton handkerchief (1200 yen), T-shirt, etc. Take a bus or taxi from Ishibe, Kosei, or Mikumo Stations on the Kusatsu Line. Get off at Shimoda and walk 50 meters. Parking also available. Call to make reservations: 0748-75-0128. Address: Shimoda 1530-1, Konan-shi, Shiga 湖南市下田1530-1
- Konan Traditional Crafts Hall (Dento Kogei Kaikan) 湖南市伝統工芸会館 - Shimoda-yaki pottery is noted for indigo colors. You can try making Shimoda pottery (starting at 3500 yen). 5 min. by bus from JR Mikumo Station on the Kusatsu Line. Phone: 0748-72-7444 Address: 湖南市岩根 Web page
- Fudo-no-taki Waterfall 不動の滝 - Cool and convenient waterfall just next to the road in a lush setting. Take a taxi from JR Mikumo Station and go south.
- Nigori-ike Koen Park - Local park with a pond noted for cherry blossoms.
- Jan. - Oni-bashiri at Jorakuji temple.
- Feb. 3 - Setsubun at Zensuiji temple.
- Early April - Cherry blossom festival at Nigori-ike Koen Park.
- May 1 - Ishibe Taisai Festival at Hieda Shrine
- July 23 - Atago Festival at Ishibe-juku.
- Aug. - Konan Summer Festival at Yasugawa Shinzui Koen Park.
- Nov. - Konan Sanzan temples display of National Treasures.
- Buses run from Ishibe Station to Jorakuji and Chojuji temples. Go to Chojuji temple first which is slightly further than Jorakuji. Then you can later walk down the slope to Jorakuji (instead of walking up the slope in the reverse direction). If you also want to see Zensuiji near Kosei Station, you will have to start early in the day.
The JR Kusatsu Line is the only train line serving Konan. From Kusatsu Station on the JR Tokaido/Biwako Line, take the JR Kusatsu Line to Ishibe Station, Kosei (Kousei) Station, or Mikumo Station. If you are on the Ohmi Railways, you can transfer to the Kusatsu Line at Kibukawa Station.
Train Lines & Stations
- From Tokyo Station to Ishibe Station: 140 min. via JR Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi to Kyoto Station, then 18 min. to Kusatsu Station via Tokaido/Biwako Line, and 10 min. to Ishibe Station via Kusatsu Line.
- From JR Kyoto Station to Ishibe Station: 18 min. to Kusatsu Station via JR Tokaido/Biwako Line, then 10 min. to Ishibe Station via Kusatsu Line.
- From JR Maibara Station to Ishibe Station: 40 min. to Kusatsu Station via Tokaido/Biwako Line, then 10 min. to Ishibe Station via Kusatsu Line.
- From JR Hikone Station to Ishibe Station: 35 min. to Kusatsu Station via Tokaido/Biwako Line, then 10 min. to Ishibe Station via Kusatsu Line.
- From JR Kusatsu Station to Ishibe Station, Kosei Station, and Mikumo Station: 10 min., 14 min., and 18 min. respectively via JR Kusatsu Line.
- From Kibukawa Station to Kosei Station: 9 min. via Kusatsu Line.
- Kansai International Airport
- Central Japan International Airport (Centrair)
- Osaka International Airport
The major sights and facilities along the train lines are as follows:
JR Kusatsu Line (草津線)
The line runs from Kusatsu Station (in Kusatsu) to Tsuge Station in Mie Prefecture.
- Ishibe Station (石部駅) - Former Ishibe-juku stage town on the Tokaido Road linking Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Also Jorakuji Temple and Chojuji Temple are reachable by bus. Bicycle rental near the station.
- Kosei Station (甲西駅) - Zensuiji temple and Konan City Hall are nearby. Bicycle rental at station.
- Mikumo Station (三雲駅) - Konan Traditional Crafts Hall
- Buses leave from Ishibe (infrequent), Kosei, and Mikumo Stations. Bus schedule in Japanese
Google Maps have placemarks in English.
|Indigo dying||Zensuiji temple|
More photos at Konan Photos.
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- October 1: The towns of Kosei-cho and Ishibe-cho merged to form Konan city.
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Other sights in neighboring cities/towns within easy reach from Konan.
|Municipalities of Shiga Prefecture 滋賀県|
|Cities & Towns: Aisho-cho | Higashi-Omi | Hikone | Hino-cho | Koka | Konan | Kora-cho | Kusatsu | Maibara | Moriyama | Nagahama | Omi-Hachiman | Otsu | Ritto | Ryuo-cho | Taga-cho | Takashima | Toyosato-cho | Yasu|
|愛荘町 | 東近江市 | 彦根市 | 日野町 | 甲賀市 | 湖南市 | 甲良町 | 草津市 | 米原市 | 守山市 | 長浜市 | 近江八幡市 | 大津市 | 栗東市 | 竜王町 | 多賀町 | 高島市 | 豊郷町 | 野洲市|
|Prefectures of Japan|
|Aichi | Akita | Aomori | Chiba | Ehime | Fukui | Fukuoka | Fukushima | Gifu | Gunma | Hiroshima | Hokkaido | Hyogo | Ibaraki | Ishikawa | Iwate | Kagawa | Kagoshima | Kanagawa | Kochi | Kumamoto | Kyoto | Mie | Miyagi | Miyazaki | Nagano | Nagasaki | Nara | Niigata | Oita | Okayama | Okinawa | Osaka | Saga | Saitama | Shiga | Shimane | Shizuoka | Tochigi | Tokushima | Tokyo | Tottori | Toyama | Wakayama | Yamagata | Yamaguchi | Yamanashi|