Ōmi is the region that occupies the space between the major cities of Kyoto and Nagoya. A large part of Ōmi is water – the huge Lake Biwa, Japan’s biggest lake, which is easily mistaken for the sea. From the eastern shore of Lake Biwa extends a broad plain, ideal for growing rice and raising livestock.
Hikone Castle stands atop a hill in that was once surrounded by water. At the time of the Meiji Restoration when Edo-period castles were being dismantled, the new Emperor was so impressed by the beauty of Hikone Castle, he decided it should be spared. Today, this National Treasure, with its miles of walls, elegant keep, and traditional garden is a must-see attraction of central Japan.
As of July 2020, Japan is closed to visitors from overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is considering permitting limited business travel from Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. It’s not known when normal travel will restart.
In the meantime, Visit Ōmi is keeping up to date on the measures required to ensure the safety of visitors at every phase of their stay. When the coronavirus situation permits international travel, we’ll be offering a wide range of tours and activities in Ōmi that will satisfy everyone’s thirst for travel and enjoyment.