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Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide

On this 6-hour walking tour, discover the eastern shores of Lake Biwa, also known as the 'Koto' area, the historical home of Nobunaga Oda, a warrior who is famous for starting what led to the unification of Japan during the 16th century. Gain deep insight from your local guide and learn how this area is also famous for being central to the development of Japan's commercial industries, playing a vital role in Japan's early modern period. Enjoy personalized attention in this small group tour, limited to a maximum of 12 people.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    • Train ticket
    • Tax
    • Entry/Admission - Hikone Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Genkyuen
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from Hikone
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Hikone Castle, 1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061 Shiga Prefecture

    Hikone Castle (彦根城, Hikonejō) was completed in 1622. The hilltop castle served as the seat of the Ii daimyo (feudal lords) until the end of the feudal age in 1868. Hikone Castle is an original castle, i.e. it survived the post feudal era without undergoing destruction and reconstruction.

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Stop At: Genkyuen, 3 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061 Shiga Prefecture

    Genkyuen Garden is a Japanese landscape garden with a central pond and a circular walking trail. It was built on the grounds of Hikone Castle in 1677 by the local lord for the entertainment of his guests and his family. It is designed after a palace garden from Tang China.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Omihachiman, Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture, Kinki

    Omi Hachiman (近江八幡, Ōmihachiman) is a city in Shiga Prefecture that is known for its nicely preserved old town and canal where visitors can enjoy traditional boat cruises through the historic townscape.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hachiman-bori, Miyauchicho, Omihachiman 523-0828 Shiga Prefecture

    The Hachiman-bori Canal was a mainstay in regional economics and transportation until the start of the Showa period (1926 - 1989). White-walled storehouses and old houses stand along the canal, clearly imparting the atmosphere of the area at its peak. In recent years it has become a famous spot for sightseeing, with such features as the harbor being renovated. It is also a spot often used for filming TV shows and movies, and was recently featured in the live action adaptation of the popular anime "Rurouni Kenshin."

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Himure Hachimangu, 257 Miyauchicho, Omihachiman 523-0828 Shiga Prefecture

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    Himure Hachimangu Shrine
    A veritable forest of trees grows on the vast, 44,000 square meter shrine grounds. Passing through them and then the tower gate will bring you to the shrine buildings themselves. Furthermore, the "Sagicho Matsuri" bonfire festival and "Hachiman Matsuri" festival held here are both designated Intangible Folk Culture Properties.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Omishonin Street, 257 Miyauchi-cho, Omihachiman 523-0828 Shiga Prefecture

    The old townscape is especially well preserved in the vicinity of the Shinmachi area, and is a designated Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The cityscape was erected from the end of the Edo period (1603 - 1868) through the Meiji period (1868-1912), and is a popular spot as the home of the Omi merchants. You can also find manholes with Omi-Hachiman cityscape designs.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Hikone Station, Furusawacho, Hikone, Shiga 522-0007, Japan
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    Return Detail :
    Ōmihachiman Station, Takakaicho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0891, Japan
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • A minimum of two people per booking is required
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Activity ID: V-22178P8

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