JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when in crowds.


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Ryuo is accessble by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Station, North exit bus stop. 近江八幡駅 北口バスターミナル. Catch a bus at stop 4 going to Okaya Minami 岡屋南. Or catch the Ryuo Daihatsu-mae bus.
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Entering Ryuo-cho town by bus, heading for Oguchi 小口
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Get off at Oguchi which is near central Ryuo and Namura Shrine. 小口
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Oguchi intersection. Turn left for Namura Shrine and Kawamori.
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To central Ryuo-cho.
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Ryuo Town Hall, Shiga 竜王町役場 MAP
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Ryuo-cho Public Library
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Fire department at Kawamori
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Vote for Shiga's first woman governor (in July 2006).
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Kawamori Castle
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Kawamori Castle, Ryuo-cho, Shiga 川守城跡 MAP
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Agri-Park Ryuo is a local farmer's market with a few shops and restaurants, a pond with swan boats, farm house museum, and petting zoo. アグリパーク竜王 MAP
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At the entrance of Agri-Park Ryuo is a dragon statue. The dragon is a symbol of Ryuo which means Dragon King.
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Agri-Park Ryuo is open 10 am - 5 pm, closed Mondays (open if a national holiday and closed Tue. instead).
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Agri-Park Ryuo's farm house museum. Small admission of 200 yen charged. 田園資料館
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Inside the museum is a replica of a thatched-roof farmhouse.
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Inside a replica of a thatched-roof farmhouse.
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Old farming tools
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Outside is a small area for animals.
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You can buy a bunch of carrots to feed the sheep. You have to go through the museum to get here. 動物ふれあい広場
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Very fluffy wool.
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Goats too. Putting golf range even. For more info call 0748-57-1311 (in Japanese).
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Opened on July 8, 2010, the Mitsui Outlet Park is near the Ryuo Interchange on the Meishin Expressway, making it readily accessible by car for shoppers coming from Kyoto, Nara, Mie, and Gifu. MAP
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It is the first outlet mall in the Kyoto-Shiga area. The two-level mall has 165 stores, 145 of which are outlet shops.
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Lots of parking space.
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Most are clothing shops and some are first-time outlet shops. There are many big names including Burberry, Gap Outlet, Barney’s New York Outlet, Armani, Paul Smith, Coach, Beams, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Bebe, Edwin, Vans, Levi’s, Puma, and Adidas.
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The shops open from 10 am to 8 pm. Buses run from Omi-Hachiman and Yasu Stations.
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There are two levels running in a slim rectangle.
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Entertainment stage
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Entertainment stage
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My favorite shop is this one selling products (mainly edible) from Shiga.
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Red kon-yaku or devil's tongue.
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Popular restaurants attract large crowds.
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Kua Aina, a hamburger joint from Hawaii, also had a long line.
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Food Court.
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A small park outside the mall next to the pond.
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Azaleas in spring.
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Nice name for a store.
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Ryuo manhole, Shiga Pref.
   
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