What to Expect
Sightseers can admire the retro-inspired atmosphere of the central area in the old castletown. Nagahama started blossoming after Hideyoshi had based here in 1574 AD. Since the district faces Lake Biwa (hence, playing a role of good shipping port) and was located at strategically important place, people in the town boosted up their power in both the industry and commerce, with the aid of Hideyoshi’s policy of remitting agricultural taxes. The Andos became one of the dominant townsmen. That gorgeous Hikiyama festival, which was registered UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016, has been maintained with such people’s enthusiasm.
On the other hand, sightseers can also enjoy the modern craftworks of elaborate plastic models at Kaiyodo Figure Museum along the old Hokkoku-kaido road.