Situated in the Shiga Prefecture, the Omihachiman is an old castle which is protected by an artificially made canal. The Yawata Horiuchi is an important gateway linking the castle with the rest of the city and the old buildings such as the storage area and residential buildings are still maintained.   

When you have arrived at Water Village, you must take a boat to travel around the area. You should select some boat that is built in the shape of a house to enjoy the excellent environment and understand more about the Edo era.

The scenery of the four seasons is distinct and it is an excellent place to enjoy cherry blossoms. The cherry trees planted next to the canal will bloom from the first ten days of April to the second of each year.

In addition to attracting tourists, the ancient country scenery has also become a place of view for costume drama and movie.

Yawata Horiuchi

Address: Miya Inchromachi, Omihachiman-shi, Shiga Prefecture

Transportation: From JR Ohiwabi Line "Omiya Hachimantai Station", take the nearest railroad bus to Nagatoji Station and get off at "Shinmachi Station" or "Oyamacho Station" and walk 3 minutes on foot.

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