Things to do - general

From castles to kabuki at this quiet lakeside town

Once a castle town of legendary warlords, Nagahama nowadays strikes a more peaceful pose. Famous for artisanal glass manufacturers and the oldest preserved railway station in Japan, the town streets burst into theater and song in April when children take to the streets and perform Kabuki as part of the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival.

Don’t Miss

  • Kids’ Kabuki parades as part of the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival
  • Artisinal art glass manufacturers at Kurokabe
  • T

    Quick Facts

    Toyotomi Hideyoshi developed the town as his administrative capital

    Nagahama has microbreweries, and Nagahama Ale is an award-winning brew

    The Nagahama Hikiyama Festival parade is recognized by UNESCO

    he oldest (and trainless) train station in Japan


Country Shiga

Sports & nature