Kohoku, i.e., northernmost district in Shiga pref. is said to be “The home of Kan-non (Deity of Mercy)”, many of which have been protected by successive villagers of the hamlets since more than 1,200 years ago. You can also appreciate breathtaking autumnal beauty of the old mountainous temple of Keisoku-ji in late fall. Thus, you may feel a genuine cultured atmosphere of old Japan here at Kohoku.
JR Yogo Station
The Willow Tree that the Angel Hung Her Plumage (From “Plumage Legend”)
Koyasu Temple Hall Enshrining the Deity of Mercy
The Stone of the Big Snake’s Eye (From Princess Kikuishi Legend)
Hydrangea Garden (From June to July)
The Monument of Haiku Poem by Rotsu, a Disciple of the Famous Haiku Poet Basho
Cherry Flowers around the Lake (From Late Mar. to Early Apr.)
Kinomoto Guardian Deity for the Folks (Big Jizo Budda)
Shizugatake Old Battlefield
The East Asian Cultural Exchange House (Hoshu Amenomori Seminar House)
Doganji-temple (The Deity of Mercy, a National Treasure)
Odani Jyo Castle (One of the most popular mountain castles in Japan)
Sugatani Hot Spring Resort (100% natural hot spring water, which used to soothe feudal warlords)
Takatsuki Museum of Ethnic and Historical Materials
Keisokuji-temple (From the Middle of Nov. to the Middle of Dec.)
JR Yogo Station
The one day course around Kohoku (approx., 9 hours) consists of the following 2 major courses;
1) Morning Course
We can enjoy representative landscapes around the Lake, some of which are associated with the folklore descended from more than 1,200 years ago, and others are historical stages, especially in the midst of the age of Provincial Wars (1583). We climb up to the summit of Mt. Shizugatake (an old battlefield) too by a lift, from where we can see the fantastic vista of both Lake Biwa and Lake Yogo.
2) Afternoon Course
We can reach to the East Asian Cultural Exchange House (Hoshu Amenomori Seminar House), Doganji-temple (The Deity of Mercy, a National Treasure), Odani Castle (One of the most popular mountain castles in Japan) and Sugatani Hot Spring Resort (100% natural hot spring water, which used to soothe feudal warlords) as well. The height difference of the biking road is not so much (so the road is almost flat), and the total distance is about 55km. We can take lunch at Kinomoto.
[Note] Both 1) and 2) are to be cancelled if it heavily rains.
Admission / Entrance Fee (For Tourists and the Guide)
Transportation (If necessary; For Tourists and the Guide)
Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists)
Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists)
1) Bicycle Rental: At JR Yogo Sta. (500 JPY / 1 day・1 person)
2) One Day Course Schedule
8:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
5:00 PM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)
3) Lift service for the summit of Mt. Shizugatake is available as follows;
May, Oct., Nov.: Every day (9:00 - 17:00)
Apr.: Only Sat. and Sun. during 23 to 30
Aug.: During 1 to 27
Jun., July, Sep.: only Sat., Sun. and holidays
Others: Out of service
4) In a case of Rainy weather: Only a Half Day Course (Morning Course) is available.
A tourist has to prepare a rain apparel by him/herself.
Half Day Course Schedule
8:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
12:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)
Yoshi is an excellent guide! He is a hard-working and wonderful ambassador for his country. Yoshi takes his work seriously and is scrupulously prepared. His care for his clients really shows. He went above and beyond for us. Yoshi is very well-informed about so much, including Japanese history, current Japanese affairs, and the flowers and trees of Japan. He is interesting, energetic, kind, and hospitable. Our only wish was that we had more time with Yoshi! We are grateful we met him.
Dear Julie san and Ron san. Thank you very much for your nice feedback. As our mission as a tour guide is, of course, to insure our customers' satisfaction, I've believed (as a former Quality Engineer) that we have to do our maximum effort, sacrificing our short lunch and rest time. I'm so glad to know that you kindly felt a touch of it. Again, I was extremely happy to be able to have an opportunity to go around the best spots with you and Ron san yesterday. Thank you, PS: I will try not to be a "Crybaby" any more. From Yoshi Apr., 19 (Fri.), 2019; 22:23
Very lucky to have Yoshi san as our guide who took care of us from the time he picked us up from the hotel until he send us back to the hotel. I'm very impressed and appreciative when he accomodate to our slow movement. He planned well according to what we wanted even at the short notice of visiting Nara Womens University. Really love the Kimono experience and picnic under cherry blossoms at Osaka castle. Our family especially my daughter had a lovely and wonderful time. Thank you Yoshi san for understanding and being an amazing tour guide for us. - Siti, Malaysia.
Siti san, Zainal san, alias sweet Sumo wrestler, and a promising No.1 journalist in Malaysia, Farah san, I thank you very much for selecting such an amateurish tour guide like me for your memorable tour tripping around Kansai district, Japan. I was relieved that the weather on the days during your trip was relatively good (not so cold and not so warm), and we could make it in time when the cherry blossoms that all of you must have eagerly anticipated started. You were able to dabble at OHANAMI (Cherry viewing) at Osaka Jyo park, eating Takoyaki, weren't we? The gift that charming Farah san surprisingly gave me must have become one of my most important treasuries. Thank you so much. PS : As I promised so, I'm going to send all the photos that I took for your wonderful family through e-mail in a few days. From Yoshi
Yoshi was very knowledgeable on all the places he took us for the two days we were in Osaka. He picked us up at our hotel. Planned the day according to what we wanted to see and the activities we were interested in. I have a bad knee and stairs were a problem, he made a lot of effort to accommodate this. For this I am very impressed. He definitely went over and beyond. Our family had a great time and will be beyond. Thank you Yoshi San! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas
Sheila san and your handsome family members: Thank you very much for your lavish word to this amateurish tour guide. I have to appreciate you, giving me the opportunity to go around here and there in the merchants' city under brisk winter sky. I'll never forget the fantastic memory with you and your family. PS: Have you successfully been able to open all the pictures that I took for your family?