OmihachimanShiga prefecture, Japan.
By trainŌmihachiman is on the JR Main Line, also called the JR Biwako Line between Kyoto and Maibara, which are the closest Shinkansen stops. JR Ōmihachiman is about 30 min from Kyoto and 20 min from Maibara.
By carFrom the Meishin Expressway, Ōmihachiman is about 20 min north of the Ryuo (竜王) Interchange, 20 min west of the Yokaichi (八日市) Interchange, and about 40 min southwest of the Hikone (彦根) Interchange. Parking is available at the Obata-cho Visitor Center: ¥500 for cars and ¥2000 for buses.
Ikeda-cho Western Houses StreetThe Western Colonial-style houses behind the long brick wall along this street were designed by Vories during the Taisho Era (1912–1924). They are not open to the public but may be viewed from the street. A bilingual sign on the wall explains more about the illustrious architectural career of Vories, who married a Japanese noblewoman and became a Japanese citizen in 1941.
Obata-cho and merchant mansionsaddress: Obata-cho and Shinmachi-doriThe Visitor Center at Obata-cho offers parking and leads to the rich merchant mansions that line both sides of Shinmachi Street between Obata-cho and the Hachiman Canal. Bilingual signs in Japanese and English name some of the rich merchants and note their far-reaching commercial activities throughout the Edo Period.
Hachiman-bori Canal WalkThe canal was once a castle moat, but later served to carry heavy cargo, especially the roof tiles for which the city was famous, across the lake to larger cities. Stone walkways beside it give a vivid sense of what the architecture of the town looked like hundreds of years ago. The walkway is a wonderful place to view cherry blossoms in the spring, and to hear cicadas buzzing in the summer. It is the city's signature location, depicted on the cover of its guide map and on its manhole covers.
phone: +81 748-33-6633This tile museum on a picturesque corner of the canal shows the history of Omihachiman roof tiles and the manufacturing process. It also displays images of the city, including a large 3-dimensional photograph of the roof tiles in Shincho-dori.
- Mount Hachiman
- Hachiman-yama Ropeway
- Hachiman-yama Castle Ruins