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.
- Kids’ Kabuki parades as part of the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival
- Artisinal art glass manufacturers at Kurokabe
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