About Ōmihachiman

Ōmihachiman is a historic merchant town only about 45 mins from Kyoto at the shores of Lake Biwa. Located along the old Nakasendo road from Tokyo to Kyoto, the town was once a bustling commercial center and still retains its historic charm. The beautiful Hachimanbori Canal provided transportation and helped the town become a major trading city. The wealth and generosity of the early Omi merchants can be seen in the many temples and other public buildings in the town. Today, the Shinmachi-dori area is well preserved and visitors can enjoy the lifestyle of the famous Omi merchants. The Omi Hachiman Sagami Fire Festival is known as one of the most dangerous festivals in Japan. This festival takes place in mid-March, and people compete to see who is the best on a huge Sagami floats.

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About LocalStayJapan

LocalStayJapan aims to provide unique Experiences, Tours and Stays that let you experience the real Japan away from the tourist masses. Omihachiman in Shiga-Prefecture at Japan’s biggest and oldest lake provides a unique setting and is conveniently reached by public transport from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya. Our goal is to promote sustainable, local tourism experiences together with the community.