Highlights include a history museum in a recreated castle and the evening sun setting over Lake Biwa.
(C) Biwako Visitors BureauHo Park is a park with a number of attractions, which was developed in 1909 on land formerly occupied by Nagahama Castle, where Toyotomi Hideyoshi (the warrior who unified Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. 1537-1598) used to live. Located beside Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, the park attracts many tourists with its beautiful views of verdant greenery against the water.
Famed for its sunsets, the view of the red sun sinking over the lake is very romantic. The view has been chosen as one of Japan's 100 best sunsets, so it's an ideal place to spend time with your partner. Moreover, in spring, ume (Japanese apricot) and around 700 cherry trees form great clouds of blossom, while wisteria add a touch of elegance in summer.
The park features both Japanese- and Western-style gardens, as well as tennis courts and a swimming pool, so it's an ideal place to come every day, whether for a walk or for more vigorous exercise. It's a popular haunt of both locals and tourists on weekends and holidays. At the Nagahama Castle Historical Museum, housed in a recreation of the castle keep (observation platform) provides an opportunity to think about the history of the area. Why not contemplate the irresistible march of history amid a soothing natural environment?
Address: Koen-cho, Nagahama, Shiga
Phone: 0749-65-6541 (Urban Planning Department, Nagahama City Office)
Directions: About 8 minutes on foot from Nagahama Station (about 1 hour 10 minutes by shinkansen from Shin-Osaka) on the JR Hokuriku Main Line. (Car) About 15 minutes by car from Nagahama interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.