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Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel
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21/09/2017

Hachimanbori Festival: Townscape and lights

About 3000 lights decorate the historical streets of Omihachiman for a festival that will let you get a taste of a unique and nostalgic world. Townhouse tours, concerts and other events are also held during this period. We recommend taking the Himure Hachimangu Shrine cable car for a spectacular view, which the locals call the "Hachiman dollar view"— the 80,000 dollar view. Do drop by while you're taking a stroll in the evening breeze. Holding on October 7th and 8th. (30 minutes by car from the hotel)

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15/09/2017

Jizo River

In the Jizo River or the Jizo River, which is made up of the famous "Isame no shimizu" or holy water that is written about in the Nihongi - The Chronicles of Japan and other works, you can see the very rare water plant known as the 'baikamo.' The baikamo grow only in clear running water that is around 57°F, and so there are only a limited number of places in the entire country that they can grow. From early summer to early autumn, their white flowers bloom in the water. In addition, the precious freshwater fish, "hariyo" also live in these waters. (72 minutes by car from the hotel)

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09/08/2017

What is this large building with a lawn on its roof?

An exterior that attracts one’s attention and makes one ask, ”What is this building?” It’s in fact Taneya Club’s flagship store, La Collina Omihachiman, expanded to include both the Japanese and Western confectionary shops, Taneya Club and Club Harie. The confectionery ingredients are blessedly natural. To love nature, to learn from nature, and to live together with nature; with this as its concept, the store’s interior is a reproduction of Omi’s landscape of the heart. It includes Japanese and Western confectionery shops, as well as a cafe and bread bakery. What we really want you to try here is the baumkuchen. The fluffiness and taste of baumkuchen upon its completion is something you will never forget once you’ve tried it once. (25 minutes by car from the hotel)

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21/07/2017

Omi Hachiman

In the Omi Hachiman area, the traditions of riverside life and Omi merchants live on. It is a townscape .....more information

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18/07/2017

The ayu of Lake Biwa

Did you know that you can catch ayu (sweetfish) in Lake Biwa? The ayu which grow in Lake Biwa mature to only about 10 cm in length, and thus are called "ko-ayu" (baby ayu). When offshore net fishing restrictions are lifted in June, fishing boats take advantage of the tendency of ayu to gather at the surface as the water temperature rises - charging into the schools of ayu and scooping them up using large nets which dip into the water. The fishing continues until the end of July. Ayu can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, such as broiling with salt, or as tempura.(40 minutes by car from the hotel)

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04/07/2017

A Long Tree-Lined Road

Hokkaido is not the only place with long, straight roads in Japan. The Metasequoia Namiki spans approximately 2.4km. The road is lined with about 500 metasequoia trees that put on fresh green leaves in spring and red leaves in autumn, and can be enjoyed all year round.(60 minutes by car from the hotel)

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21/06/2017

Enjoy Japanese confectionery in one spot

In the Himure Village along the road to Himure Hachimangu, Taneya, a traditional Japanese confectionery, and Club Harie, a pastry store, stands facing each other. Each respectively has its teahouse and a cafe. At the teahouse, not only can you taste the famous Tsubura Mochi and sweets, but you can enjoy meals like the Taneya combination set shown in the picture (2,700 yen) which is a must eat set that uses Omi mochi rice to create the rice and red beans. A must try dish at the cafe would be the scone (540 yen). For the sweet lovers, Himure village is the place to go for the famous Baumkuchen or the variety of seasonal Japanese confectionery.(25 minutes by car from the hotel)

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05/06/2017

Have a gelato while looking at the picturesque scenery

From the Biwako Valley terrace, 1100m elevation, come view the open scenery while enjoying a gelato with unique Shiga Prefecture flavors such as Omi wakoucha (Japanese black tea), adoberries, and Kokabu Farm milk. There's also activities such as ziplines to enjoy.(30 minutes by car from the hotel)

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29/05/2017

Lake Biwa Canal

The Lake Biwa Canal was created in order to allow the water of Lake Biwa to flow to nearby Kyoto City. The canal is beautiful during the late spring season of fresh green leaves, but it is also picturesque during early spring when the beautiful sakura cherry blossoms are blooming.(40 minutes by car from the hotel)

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23/05/2017

The gateway has two pillars which straddle the path

This is the gateway to Shirahige shrine. The inner gateway is straddling the path and is situated in the middle of Lake Biwa. Although pictures of the gateway situated in the lake are famous; experiencing scenery that cannot be seen without visiting is the best part of traveling.(40 minutes by car from the hotel)

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16/05/2017

The Shizukatake Tunnel

If you enter an old road off of Route 8 on the national highway, you will find a tunnel built with bricks called the Shizukatake Tunnel. The atmosphere of the tunnel is indescribable, history emanates from the very structure itself drawing the interest of those who set their eyes upon it. On the other end of the tunnel once can enjoy the incredible view of Biwako Lake, spreading out as far as the eye can see. (80 minutes by car from the hotel)

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