Omi Hachiman

Just a short train ride from Kyoto you’ll find the charming village of Omi Hachiman on the edge of Lake Biwa.

The business end of town isn’t much to look at – pretty dreary in fact – but make locating the tourist information centre at Omi Hachiman station the very first thing you do and you will be set for the day. Grab a map and hop on a bus (from directly in front of the TIC) and in less than 10 minutes you are in a gorgeous, well preserved area ripe for wandering.

From Kyoto station take the Tokaido line train to Omi Hachiman (650y) in neighbouring Shiga prefecture -its a 32 minute ride.

Plenty to see and absorb – you’ll find photographic streets, bridges and waterways, temple and shrines, a lovely little traditional tile museum, craftspeople, fishermen (and fisherchildren!)  and really friendly folk.

There’s even a cablecar and boat rides if your feet need a rest. And the local speciality foods are  beef and aka(red) konnyaku if you are looking to sample their culinary wares.  Definitely worth a day trip if you have time to spare whilst staying in Kyoto town. Take a further peek…

 I’ll confess we didn’t go inside the Tile Museum building but the grounds are free to stroll around and there’s plenty to see   – the pathways are lined with old roof tiles so look down!

himure hachiman shrine

a most unusal site… but as always, there’s a story behind this fella

Gorgeous old streets and waterways

There’s a lovely little group of shops in traditional buildings. Keep an eye out for restaurants serving Omi Beef   – delicious.

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