Travel Information

Omi-Hachiman (近江八幡) is Edo Style town located south of Lake Biwa. It is also known as the birth place of Omi merchants. There are many houses of Omi Merchants which remain since Edo period. Some of those are opened as museum and many of traditional houses still offer the site of Omi city in Edo Period. This Edo style scenery is oftenly used for Samurai Story Movies.

Tourist Info.
There is a parking near the museum, and you can get a map of Ome at the museum.

0. at Mibara Station
1. use JR Tokaido to Omihachiman (27 min.)
0. at Kyoto Station
1. use JR Tokaido to Omihachiman (34 min.)

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Map around Omi-Hachiman

Detailed Travel Guide


Omi-Hachiman was built by Toyotomi Hidetsugu in 1585. When he built Hachiman Castle, he removed all merchants and people from Azuchi to under Hachiman Castle. At that time, Omi-Hachiman became one of post towns of Nakasendo Road. Because Hidetsugu made set Omi-Hachiman Tax Free Market Town (Rakuichi-Rakuza), many talented merchant gathered at this town and made a great economic growth of Omi-Hachiman. Hachiman Castle was abandoned in 1595, but Omi-merchants remained here and kept growing their economy.

Historic Districts
The areas of Shinmachi Street, Nagaharacho Street, Hachiman Canal, and Hachiman Shrine are registered as the historical asset and preserved sites. Therefore, those spots offers the sites of Omi city in Edo period.

Nishikawa House
Local History Museum
Local Museum
all located at Shinmachi Street.