The Ōmi region has one of the highest ratios of Buddhist temples to population in all of Japan. It’s home to three temples, the Kotō Sanzan, renowned for their beautiful gardens. Pilgrims still come from far and wide to visit Taga Grand Shrine. There are also many castles and streets of old buildings.
Traditional industries dating back hundreds of years are still maintained in Ōmi today, including sake brewing, textile manufacture and dyeing, and manufacturing. Many of these places welcome visitors and offer opportunities to try your hand at these ancient crafts.
You’re never far from nature in Ōmi. The region has Japan’s largest lake, as well as major mountains such as Mt. Ibuki. The ecosystem of rice paddies criss-crossed by waterways hosts a wealth of wildlife. The natural world of Ōmi offers a wealth of options for outdoor enjoyment.
The Ōmi region played an important role in Japanese history – its samurai shaped the outline of the national polity, while its merchants established many of the companies that form the backbone of the Japanese economy. This background is presented by numerous interesting museums.
To enjoy all that Ōmi has to offer, it’s best to bide here awhile, and the area has plenty of accommodation options, from luxury hotels and ryokan, to reasonably priced tourist hotels and pensions. Many offer useful services such as free bicycles to make your stay more enjoyable.
From Ōmi beef to Ibuki soba and funazushi, the precursor of all Japan’s sushi, the region has a great deal to offer foodies and gourmets. Ōmi also has an uncommonly large number of sake and craft beer breweries. Drop in for lunch or dinner to explore the pleasures of Ōmi dining.
Whether you’re looking for tasty snacks or souvenirs of Ōmi to take home, there’s something to please everyone.