A Half Day Walking Tour along Old Hokkoku Street in Central Nagahama, Shiga Pref.

Sightseers can savor retro-inspired atmosphere of the central area in the old castle town. Nagahama started blossoming after Hideyoshi had based here in 1574 AD. Since the district faces Lake Biwa (hence, playing a role of good shipping port) and was located at strategically important place, people in the town boosted up their power in both the industry and commerce, with the aid of Hideyoshi’s policy of remitting agricultural taxes. The Ando’s is one of the dominant townsmen. That gorgeous Hikiyama festival, which was registered UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016, has been maintained with the people’s enthusiasm.

On the other hand, sightseers can also enjoy the modern craftworks of elaborate plastic models at Kaiyodo Figure Museum along the old Hokkoku-kaido road.

[Nagahama Jyo, the First Castle that Hideyoshi (羽柴 秀吉) Built]

[An Imaginary Heroine of Japanese Anime, Rei AYAHA (綾羽レイ), a Pilot of EVA-0 ; At Kaiyodo Figure Museum Kurokabe]

[Famous Heroes of Popular Movies ; At Kaiyodo Figure Museum Kurokabe]

[Freebies Attached with Purchased Box of Candies in Good Old Days; At Kaiyodo Figure Museum Kurokabe]

[The Residence of the Ando’s, Who Used to Be a Big Merchant in Old Nagahama]

[An Old Hanging Scroll at the Parlor of the Ando’s; ; At Ando’s Residence (安藤家)]

[A Short Biography of the Ando’s (安藤家の由縁); At Ando’s Residence (安藤家)]

[Hikiyama Float Museum, Featuring the Traditional Festival Registered on UNESCO's Memory of the World]

[Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山), the Highest Mountain in Shiga Pref.]

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