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Nagahama

 
Nagahama A small city on the eastern shore of Shiga prefecture's Lake Biwa, Nagahama is regionally known for its large stock of traditional architecture. Numerous streets to the east of the main train station are lined with machiya (townhouses) and kura (warehouses), many of which are now host to shops and crafts stores. Nagahama's most famous speciality craft is glassware, a good display of which can be found in the Kurokabe Glass Shop (itself a converted, historic bank). A somewhat unremarkable reconstruction of the city's 16th-century castle sits to the west of the train station, on a hill overlooking Biwa-ko. The original castle was built in 1574, only to be disassembled in 1615 to provide materials for neighboring Hik...
 

Hikone

 
Hikone The second most significant city in Shiga prefecture, Hikone is notable primarily as the site of one of Japan's 12 remaining original castles. Dating from 1622, Hikone-jo was the successor to neighboring Nagahama's castle, dismantled by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early 17th century. The castle grounds are highly popular during sakura (cherry blossom) season, being liberally endowed with the beloved trees. The castle itself is listed as one of Japan's National Treasures, a designation shared only by the castles of Matsumoto, Inuyama and Himeji. The southwestern approach to Hikone-jo has been recently redeveloped into a long street of boutiques and eateries, built in the style of an Edo-period town. Late August in Hikone...
 

 

 

 

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