Spring

Take a Nostalgic Boat Ride Under the Cherry Blossoms of Hachiman-bori

Naoko

Arai

Writer

If you are staying in Kyoto or Osaka, you will have a great chance to visit Hachiman-bori (Hachiman channel) to see a nostalgic view of Japan. Hachiman-bori has a long history from the 1500s. It is in the Kansai area, and because of the convenience of Shinkansen (bullet trains), you can get there from Tokyo station easily. Hachiman-bori is in Omi province of Shiga prefecture. So, you will also have a good chance to taste Omi Gyu which is a very famous Japanese beef and much more expensive in other areas.

Historical Background of Hachiman-bori

Hidetsugu Toyotomi (nephew of Hideyoshi Toyotomi) built a castle and opened Yahatabori as an urban town in 1585. When Hachiman-bori and Biwa lake were connected, people, materials, and information started circulating much faster. So, Hachiman-bori became a lively and flourishing channel. In addition, Rakuichi Rakuza ( policies to stimulate business and overall economy through the use of a free market system) were applied. After that, Hachiman-bori was polluted and almost buried, but safely maintained in the 1970s.

Hachiman-bori Cherry Blossoms Festival

Hachiman-bori will remind you of the Edo period. Thus, there are many visitors from all over the world in coming to see this exceptional spring view every year. You can enjoy sailing on a small boat around Hachiman-bori and it’s called “Suigo Meguri” or “Hachiman-bori Meguri”. That would let you have fun under the blossoming cherry trees. There are over 500 Somei Yoshino cherry trees. Don’t miss the charming light up of the cherry trees at night!

Special Local Food

Hachiman bori is in Omi province. Omi is very famous for the tasty wagyu beef. Japanese people call it “Omi Gyu”. It’s very expensive in other areas, but it looks like you can eat it for a reasonable price (1,000 Yen per portion) at a restaurant near Hachiman-bori. If you ask for “Shimofuri” type of Omi beef, it would be much more expensive, but it melts in the mouth and tastes exceptionally good due to a large amount of fat. Besides, you should also try Biwa lake special fishes and Omi rice while you are there.

Details and Access

Place: Hachiman-bori channel
Address: Miyauchi-cho Omi Hachiman-shi Shiga-ken Dates: The best time for cherry blossoms viewing is from the beginning of April until the end of April every year
Time: It is open all day
Entrance: Free
Official Website (Japanese only): http://www.omi8.com/annai/hachimanbori_info.htm
Information: Omi Hachiman Eki Kitaguchi Kanko Annaijo (Tel 0748-33-6061)

Access

If you understand Japanese language, it would be good to use Ekimae Tanken Kurabu (駅前探検倶楽部) for the train schedule. It just takes about 3 hours to get to Hachiman-bori from Tokyo station by Shinkansen. It is easy to get there from Kyoto as well.

From Tokyo station, you need to take JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Yonehara station. It would take 2 hours. Then, you need to change to JR Tokaido Honsen from Yonehara station to Omiyahata station. Buses would take you Hachiman-bori from Omiyahata station.
If you go there from Kyoto, it just takes about 40 min. by JR Tokaido Honsen to Omiyahata station.

Closing Remarks

What do you think about Hachiman-bori? You can enjoy hanami not only in Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. It might be a good idea to travel to other areas in the spring. Thus, Hachiman-bori is an outstanding and unique place where you can see how Japanese people in the Edo period spend their time during hanami.

If you’d like a local guide to show you around the channel introduce you to local cuisine, and tell you more about ancient Japanese traditions, please check the banner below.

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Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

Here’s the link. URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2566/ 

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/osaka-kansai-cherry-blossoms-spots-sakura-festivals-feel-spring 

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1805/

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Naoko Arai

There are thousands of spots you will never find in guidebooks. You will discover a totally unknown Japan in San’in (region (area)). We will welcome you as a friend at our beloved hometown (home)

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