|Kora, Shiga (甲良町; Kora-chō)|
|Takatora Summit in Kora 2010 More Kora photos here.|
|Google Map of Kora here.|
|Location||Shiga Prefecture, Kinki region, Honshu island, JAPAN|
|Town Centers||Zaiji, Saimyoji|
|Major Sights||Saimyoji temple|
|Major Gateways||JR Kawase Station (Hikone), Ohmi Railway Amago Station|
|Train Stations||JR Tokaido/Biwako Line, Ohmi Railways|
|Claim to Fame||Birthplace of Lord Todo Takatora, Saimyoji temple (National Treasure)|
|Neighbors||Hikone, Aisho, Toyosato, Taga|
|Keywords||Takatora, Saimyoji, seseragi|
|Historical Persons||Lord Todo Takatora, Kora Bungo-no-Kami Munehiro|
|Links||Kora Articles | Kora Photos|
|Kora Tourist Information|
|Phone||0749-38-5069 or 0749-38-5131|
|Int'l Association||[Web site] Tel:|
|Kora Town Hall 甲良町役場|
|Address||Zaiji 353-1, Kora-cho, Inugami-gun, Shiga, JAPAN 〒522-0244 滋賀県犬上郡甲良町在士353-1|
|Official Site||Japanese | English|
|Sister Towns||Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture|
This page is 70% complete. Last updated: Jan. 11, 2011
by Philbert Ono
Kora (甲良町; Kōra-chō) is a town in eastern Shiga Prefecture. It is mostly rural, flat, and focused on rice farming. Being next to Hikone, Kora residents rely on Hikone for medical, shopping, and leisure activities.
Kora is the birthplace of Lord Todo Takatora, a famous samurai daimyo and castle builder who became lord of Tsu Castle in Mie Prefecture. Kora is also home to Saimyoji temple, a National Treasure. Adding to the town's charm are flowers decorating the little roadside streams. As of July 2010, Kora has no official Web site for tourism in Kora.
Kora consists of several areas which used to be villages, such as Amago (尼子), Zaiji (在士), and Shimonogo (下之郷).
|Saimyoji temple||Hachiman Shrine||Takatora Park|
|Takatora Summit in Kora 2010||Kora Shrine||Shimonogo Sports Park|
- Saimyoji temple - One of the three Koto Sanzan Temple Trio of Tendai Buddhist temples in eastern Shiga. Established in 834, this temple is the northern-most one in the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio. The main temple hall, designated as Japan's first National Treasure, houses statues of gods with a carving of the 12 Oriental Zodiac signs on the head. During fall, the autumn leaves are brilliant, and you can enter the three-story pagoda (National Treasure) to see the wall paintings. Accessible by bus (infrequent) or taxi (20 min.) from JR Kawase Station. Buses run frequently from Amago Station and Kawase Station during the autumn foliage from mid-Nov. to early Dec. Admission 500 yen.
- Hachiman Shrine - The shrine is dedicated to the Todo clan as a warrior god. It branched off from Kyoto Iwashimizu Shrine and the founder of the Todo clan, Todo Kagemori, planted the wisteria in 1395. The Honden main hall was rebuilt in 1643 by Todo Takatora's heir, Todo Takatsugu. The centuries-old wisteria still blooms in early May. The name "Todo" (藤堂) literally means "wisteria hall." Wisteria is also Kora's official flower.
- Takatora Park 高虎公園 - Public park with a pond and statue of Todo Takatora in Zaiji.
- Kora Shrine 甲良神社 - Believed to have been established in the early 17th century, Kora Shrine is an Important Cultural Property in the Amago area.
- Statue and museum of Kora Bungo-no-Kami Munehiro 甲良豊後守宗廣 - Next to Kora City Hall at a busy intersection sits a statue of Kora Bungo-no-Kami Munehiro (1574-1646). Born in Kora, he started a famous lineage of shrine/temple carpenters. He supervised the construction of many famous buildings. In 1604 at age 30, the Tokugawa government called him to Edo to supervise the building of Zojoji temple (where many Tokugawa shoguns are buried). He also supervised the building of the famous Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. A short walk from the statue is a small museum dedicated to him.
- July - Kora-cho Summer Festival 甲良町夏まつり - A day of stage entertainment and some fireworks at night. Held at the Kora Town Hall parking lot.
- Nov. to early Dec. - Fall colors at Saimyoji temple. Shuttle buses run from Amago Station to the temple and the other two Koto Sanzan temples.
- Every decade - Takatora Summit in Kora. Since 1998, the Takatora Summit has been held once every two years in one of four places (Kora, Tsu and Iga both in Mie, and Imabari in Ehime) having a close connection with Lord Todo Takatora. Kora's Zaiji area in Shiga is where Takatora was born. He went on to become lord of Tsu. In 2010, it was Kora's turn to host the Takatora Summit, for the second time. The one-day event was filled with stage entertainment, street vendors, a samurai procession, and more.
- Amago Station is close enough to walk to Zaiji where Todo Takatora was born. However, Saimyoji temple requires a taxi ride from Kawase or Hikone Station. During mid-Nov. to early Dec., shuttle buses run from Kawase and Amago Stations to Saimyoji and the other two Koto Sanzan temples.
Kora has only one train station, Amago Station on the Ohmi Railways Main Line. However, Kawase Station on the JR Biwako Line in neighboring Hikone is near the fringe of the town. Buses run from Kawase Station to Kora, but very few.
Train Lines & Stations
- From Tokyo Station to Amago Station: JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Maibara Station (2.5 hours), then transfer to Ohmi Railways for Amago Station.
- From Maibara Station to Amago Station: 29 min. via Ohmi Railways
- From Maibara Station to Kawase Station: 12 min. via JR Tokaido/Biwako Line
- From Kawase Station (East exit): 20 min. to central Kora.
- From Amago Station: 5 min. to central Kora.
Taxis are available at Kawase Station, but not at Amago Station.
- Kansai International Airport
- Central Japan International Airport (Centrair)
- Osaka International Airport
Train stations in Kora and their places of interest are as follows:
- Amago Station - Within walking distance are Kora Shrine in the Amago area, and Hachiman Shrine and Takatora Park in Zaiji.
- Buses run from JR Kawase Station and Amago Station, but very few. An exception is during mid-Nov. to early Dec. when shuttle buses often run to Saimyoji temple. Call Ohmi Bus at 0749-25-2503 for exact bus schedules.
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|Flowery stream||Saimyoji in fall|
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- 1955 - Kora town established.
- 1961 - Meishin Expressway and Tokaido Shinkansen tracks opens in Kora.
- 1969 - Kora Town Hall building constructed.
- 2000 - Takatora Summit in Kora is held for the first time.
- 2003 - Community House at Amago Station is completed.
- 2007 - 450th anniversary of Todo Takatora's birth celebrated.
- 2010 - Takatora Summit in Kora is held for the second time.
The latest five headlines for Kora from Shiga News are displayed below. Click to view the latest stories.
- When the wisteria at Hachiman Shrine blooms in early May, a bunch is offered to the current head of the Todo family.
- Kora Bungo-no-Kami Munehiro (1574-1646)
- Born in Kora, he started a famous lineage of shrine/temple carpenters. He supervised the construction of many famous buildings. In 1604 at age 30, the Tokugawa government called him to Edo to supervise the building of Zojoji temple (where many Tokugawa shoguns are buried). He also supervised the building of the famous Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. The reason why Kora has sister-city ties with Nikko.
Other sights in neighboring cities/towns within easy reach from Kora.
- Kongorinji temple in Aisho is another temple of the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio.
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