A Walking Tour along Old Hokkoku Street in Central Nagahama, Shiga Pref.

 

滋贺县长滨市中心旧北国街道徒步游览

The whole area of Nagahama city is relatively wide, dominating about one-sixth of the total area of Shiga pref. But, of the central area, where many popular spots such as Nagahama jyo castle and Hikiyama Float Museum are concentrated within a walking distance, so guests can fully enjoy all the attractions on foot in a day. This tour is best suited for the people who come to Nagahama for the first time and want to taste unique and profound culture that the local residents have nurtured so far, especially from the era of Hideyoshi, who is well known as one of the 3 heroes in the Provincial War Era in the 16th century.

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KOHOKU Tour
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 by Haruka. N
"Massively Wonderful Research Tour around KOHOKU" with Yoshi, a Licensed Tour Guide

[In English]

"Massively Wonderful Research Tour around KOHOKU" with Yoshi, a Licensed Tour Guide

Hi, Yoshi
The "research tour" conducted by your guide was perfectly fruitful.
Since I have had an interest in Lake Yogo and its surrounding hamlets, I've been eager to make the on-the-spot research there. That's why I asked your help, since you were born and grown at a small village of Kawanami (the north-west of Lake Yogo) and have abundant knowledge about KOHOKU.
My "research tour" was 2days. On the 1st day, you kindly showed me every spot in your home-village of Kawanami and around the Lake, spending no less than 5 hours. I thought afresh Kawanami was wonderful, walking round the fantastic hamlet and seeing its beautiful landscape. And I felt happy enough to be able to have a good chance to exchange greetings with many village people there. And I was lucky to hear very interesting stories as well about their lives and scenes of olden days from a nice old man who has lived there all his life. On the 2nd day, you guided me around the nearby town of Kinomoto, which used to be a post-station town with a long history, didn't you? You brought me to that historically famous old battlefield, Shizugatake, the amazing view from which I'll never forget. And when we walked around the area along the Niu river, I was impressed a lot, imagining about the days of old hamlets that have already disappeared from a map, due to a dam construction schedule. All the spots that you guided were so colorful and informative. Thank you, Yoshi.
And you've been very kind to take actively a proper care of incorporating additional spots that I wanted to visit, even after the initial itinerary. If I had no help of your guide and did it myself, I definitely couldn't visit such wonderful places. I was fully satisfied with your nice guiding around KOHOKU. Thank you, again, Yoshi!

At the Top of Mt. Shizugatake

[In Japanese]

Yoshiさん、こんにちは。
今回は、とても充実した調査ツアーになりました。
私は余呉湖および余呉湖周辺の集落について興味があり、ぜひ現地調査をしたいと考えていました。
そこで、余呉湖の北西に位置する川並で生まれ育ち、湖北地方について十分な知識をお持ちであるYoshiさんにこの地域を案内していただくことになりました。
調査は2日間行いましたが、1日目は川並および余呉湖の湖周を一日かけてじっくりと案内していただきました。
川並はとても良い場所で、その美しい町並みと風景、歴史をめぐりながら、昔から村に住んでいらっしゃる人々と挨拶を交わし、とても興味深い昔の川並の風景や生活についてお話を聞くことができました。
2日目は川並から少し離れて、宿場町の歴史を持つ木之本、かつて激しい戦があった賤ヶ岳、ダム計画により地図から消えた村の跡地、など余呉湖周辺の歴史を巡る調査となりました。
どのポイントも非常に興味深く、とても勉強になるツアーでした。
また、最初にツアー日程の提案をいただいてからも、私の見学したい場所の希望を積極的に取り入れてくれました。
一人で調査していたら、行くことのできなかった場所、巡りあえなかった場所に訪れることができて大変満足しております。
Yoshiさん、誠にありがとうございました!

Haruka. N

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Haruka san, the "Research Tour" with you around KOHOKU was so pleasant and a good lesson for me, too. I was honored to be with a hard-working student like you. Thank you, From YoshiOct., 28 (Fri.), 2022

 

Overview

  • Shiga
  • 25,000 JPY
  • 11 Hours
  • 1 ~ 5 people
 

Itinerary

  • Meeting Point

    JR Nagahama Station or at your staying hotel in Nagahama
  • Hoko-en Park (豊公園) & Nagahama Jyo Castle Museum (長浜城歴史博物館)
  • Old Nagahama Station, the Oldest Existing Station in Japan
  • Keiun-kan Guest Palace (慶運館)
  • Yanmar Museum (Yanmar is a world famous Agricultural Machinery Maker)
  • Kaiyodo (海洋堂) Figure Museum Kurokabe
  • Kurokabe Square (黒壁スクエア), a Shopping & Restaurant Street
  • Hikiyama Float Museum (曳山博物館), the Theme of Which is the Float Parade Festival Registerd as an UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Asset in 2016
  • Old Ando’s Residence (安藤家)
  • Old Hokkoku Kaido (旧北国街道) and its Retro Streetscape
  • Ending Point

    JR Nagahama Station or at your staying hotel in Nagahama

What to Expect

  • Hoko-en Park (豊公園) and Nagahama Jyo Castle Museum (長浜城歴史博物館)
  • Old Nagahama Station
  • Keiunkan
  • Lunch at a local food restaurant in downtown
  • Yanmar Museum
  • Kaiyodo (海洋堂) Figure Museum Kurokabe
  • Kurokabe Square (黒壁スクエア), a Shopping & Restaurant Street
  • Old Ando’s Residence (安藤家)
  • Old Hokkoku Kaido (旧北国街道) and its Retro Streetscape

Inclusions & Exclusions

[Inclusions]

Guide Fee

[Exclusions]

1) Admission / Entrance Fee (For Tourists): Approximately 2,000 (Two Thousand) JPY Each at a Maximum for One Day.

2) Transportation (For Tourists): Less than 500 (Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum for One Day.

3) Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists): Less than 1,500 (One Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum.

4) Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists): Less than 1,000 (One Thousand) JPY Each at a Maximum.

   

Important Information

1) The tour consists of one day excursion, starting 8:30 AM to 19:30 (7:30 PM).

2) Meeting schedule at a guest staying hotel or Nagahama Station:

  • 8:30 AM at the hotel in Nagahama or JR Nagahama station (Start)
  • 19:30 PM at the hotel in Nagahama or JR Nagahama station: Arrive (Tour end)

3) The tour is a bit flexible, depending upon the guests’ interest, since it is an excursion-style, taking advantage of walking and public transportations such as a city bus and / or a taxi.

4) Guests can enjoy local cuisines at a reasonable price.

5) Peak Season: The destination spots may slightly change due to a seasonal situation, after getting an approval from the guests

6) Two-days or three-days tour is also available for other specific regions in KOHOKU, on your request.

Remark

[Cancellation Policy]
1) Free cancellation – 10 days prior to meeting time
2) 50% Refund – 9 to 3 days prior to meeting time
3) No Refund – Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

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Reviews

 by Ramon on KOHOKU Tour
We are very fortunate and blessed to have met you, Yoshi!

(1) July, 07 (Wed.)

That would be perfectly fine to send the pictures when you are ready. We will definitely let you know. That was a very nice article on your website. Leia especially thanks you for your kind compliments. We will take note of your recommendations for Nara and Osaka. We are very fortunate and blessed to have met you. Ramon, Leia and Victor

(2) July, 12 (Fri.)

Good morning from North Carolina, Yoshi-San,
We are safely home and are reminiscing our wonderful trip to Japan. Thank you for making our visit to Kyoto so memorable. We learned so much from you.

I finally downloaded all your photos of us. Thank you for these memories. I appreciate that you labeled the photos with the places they were taken.

With much gratitude,
Ramon, Leia and Victor

Ramon san, Leia san and Victor san. Good evening. It was a HEAT day today in Kyoto, too! Incredible! You selected Sapporo ramen, didn't you? That's very good! When you visit Nara and Osaka tomorrow, do not miss to see Ashura, a guardian god of Hachi Bushu (or Eight Legions, Protectors of Buddhist Teachings) in Buddhism, at the national treasure house of Kofuku-ji temple. And you must be amazed to see the HUGE power of Hideyoshi, when you visit Osaka-jo castle! Please enjoy! Yoshi

 by John Gutierrez on KOHOKU Tour
Thank you, Yoshi!!

Hi, Yoshi! I just got home and did receive the photos. Thank you again and have a good rest of your week.

John

John san, Juan san, Ana san and Sophia san, good day!I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettably good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you. I'll never forget the nicest family.From YoshiJuly 02 (Tue.), 2024; 11: 44 AM

 by Joe on KOHOKU Tour
Great tour, Yoshi!

Hi, Yoshi
We got back fine.
All of us had a great time. That's a very authentic trip. :)
Thanks,


Good day. I was so lucky and glad to know that you kindly selected the bike tour. (I wonder if you've already left Japan for your home country?) As I mentioned before, this tour was the first time for me. So, I have been worried that you might think all the spots in the KOHOKU area were just provincial and not so interesting. I've been so nervous too,since I'm a very amateurish and awkward tour guide. I felt extremely happy when I heard the young man told me at Yogo sta. that the tour was fantastic, especially the view from the mountain and the refreshing air when bikingalong the lake. I know the word is quite flattering, but we were really lucky enough to have acceptable weather,since we have almost entered into the long rainy season.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettably good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you. I'll never forget the nicest group.From YoshiJun.17th (Mon.), 2024; 21:14

 by Nancy on KOHOKU Tour
Thank you, Yoshi san!

Dear Yoshi san,

No words can convey to you how much we appreciate all the work you have put in the tour you gave us of your home country Kyoto, Japan. We most grateful for your guidance in imparting all your knowledge of the places we visited.

We are glad that you enjoyed our most humble gifts. The NY Yankee hat and the tote bag was selected because it was a reminder from your friends from New York. And the tote bag was selected because the pictures depicts some of the most iconic buildings around NY. And of course, the New York Times items were related to Lindsey san’s work place. Since we have little knowledge of sake, we hope you will enjoy the home brew one you unwittingly helped us select 😉.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts ❤️ for the most wonderful tour of your home country, and all the time and effort you have put in for us. We will not forget the wonderful time we had together and please stay in touch!

Most sincerely,
Nancy Mui Chew







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I got the message this evening from one of the family members.It might be true that we were really lucky not to encounter any troubles and fully enjoyed ourselves during the 2 days' tour, but I haven't expected it at all to get such a heart-felt mail to this amateurish tour guide.I'm now thinking that a person who has to show an attitude of gratitude is I, not the guests....I mean, thanks to this nice opportunity, I was able to study a lot about the destinations and / or delve into the historical background, which must become useful knowledge for my guiding skill in the future. Thank you for your nice souvenirs to me from NYC, too. I will use all of them with deep care...I'd be really happy if your first visit to this Far Eastern country this time will become a good inspiration to have more interest in its history and culture.

 by Joan To san on KOHOKU Tour
It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories!!

Hi Yoshi

Thank you for everything. It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories. We really appreciate it.

Thank you very much for the pictures and yes go ahead and use as you please.





Hi, all the To san's family members.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettable good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you.I'll never forget the handsome families.From YoshiApr., 02 (Tue.), 2024

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