Hachimanbori was originally built to defend Hachiman Castle by using the lake water of Lake Biwa. Later, it was used for travel and trade between Lake Biwa and the surrounding area and became the source of power for the Omi merchants to make their fortunes.
These days it is mainly used for tourism, and along Hachimanbori, several companies operate tour boats. Prices depend on the course, around ¥1,000 per person, and take about 30 to 40 minutes. Boats sail regularly between 9 am to 5 pm, and reservations are not required.
743 Taka-cho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0821
Directions 1 Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Nagoya to Maibara. (about 27min). Switch to the JR Tokaido Sanyo Main Line and take the train from Maibara to Omihachiman. (about 26min) At Omihachiman take the bus heading to Choumeiji and get off at Osugicho. (about 7min) Directions 2 Take the JR Tokaido Sanyo Main Line from Shin Osaka to Omihachiman. (about 1h) At Omihachiman take the bus heading to Choumeiji and get off at Osugichio. (about 7min)
|Business hours||10:00–3:30pm (Spring & Fall) 10:00–4:00pm (Summer) 10:00–3:00pm (Winter)|
|Price||Adults ¥1,000 (tax included) Children ¥500 (tax included) *free for elementary school students and younger.|
|Average visit length||1 hour|
|Websites||Official Site (JPN)https://www.oumi-waden.com/ship|