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Nagahama

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Kinki  /  Shiga Prefecture  /  Nagahama
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Things to do: museums, sightseeing, nature
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa. In this historic castle town once known for its production of firearms, today the castle operates as a museum to local history, nestled in the city's only park. Meanwhile, the central square buzzes with galleries and ateliers, showcasing the thriving art scene and renowned glasswork. Try your hand at glass-blowing, then visit one of many museums exhibiting unusual collections of traditional arts and culture. Be sure to check the city's festival schedule while on your Nagahama holiday: the bonsai tree exhibition running January to March is especially enchanting, with trees over 400 years old housed in quaint Japanese decor. Plan how to spend your time in Nagahama and other destinations in Japan using our Japan vacation route planner.
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With accommodations ranging from traditional Japanese ryokans to Western-style high-rise hotels, Nagahama offers plenty of places to stay. The majority of the city's lodgings lie within walking distance from the station, also putting the main attractions at your doorstep. Traditional lodgings on the waterfront and at the edge of the central park are popular, with many providing onsite restaurants and luxurious private onsens. If you're traveling on a shoestring, a smattering of more modest complexes lies farther back from the waterfront, equipped with all the basic amenities required for a good night's sleep.
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