Top Choice Area in Nagahama

Kurokabe Square

Kurokabe means 'black walls', and you'll find plenty of them in this photogenic historic district (it's not really a square). Many of the old machiya (townhouses) and kura (storehouses) are now antique shops, galler…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Nagahama


Just northeast of Kurokabe Square, this Jōdō-sect temple rivals Kyoto's finest with its collection of dozens of historic fusuma (sliding door) and byōbu (folding screen) paintings of landscapes and wildlife on gold …
Museum in Nagahama

Nagahama Hikiyama Museum

A selection of the elaborately ornamented hikiyama (festival floats) used during Nagahama's famous festival Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri are on display for the rest of the year at this museum.
Landmark in Nagahama

Giant Kaleidoscope

One of Kansai's quirkiest attractions is this retro, flower-vase-shaped tower. Stand underneath, hand-crank the wheel and watch what happens above. It's northwest of the Hikiyama Museum; walk to the corner, turn lef…