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Emma Maruska (USA)
黄 丹 (China)
張 萌 (China)
趙 佳 易 (China)
Spend a day exploring Omihachiman’s hidden treasures: a historical merchant village; several craft/ art museums; canal and cable car rides; and traditional lantern festival.
Meet your guides at Omihachiman train station.
Pick up bikes at the station.
Hakuunkan Building is a central point for exploring.
A stroll through the merchant village.
Shinmachi-dori is a well-known merchant street.
Large merchant house, Kyu-Nishikawa, is open everyday for tours and volunteers are dressed in traditional costume.
Beautiful garden at Kyu-Nishikawa.
Tour group and Kyu-Nishikawa volunteers.
Having fun on Shinmachi-dori.
Cultural History Museum contains ancient tools and crafts.
Omihachiman's post office, designed by William Vories.
Statue of William Vories, legendary missionary and architect for Omihachiman.
Entrance to NO-MA.
NO-MA: Borderless Art Museum - has fantastic collection of outsider art.
Works by artists Katsube Shota and BOME.
Exploring BOME collection.
Katsube Shota makes superhero warriors out of twisty ties.
Work by Kono Sakiko titled Naked Dolls.
Work by Ishino Keisuke. This artist creates 400 unique pieces every year!
Resource room at NO-MA.
Oga-shoten, originally a sugar shop, is now 150 years old.
Oga-shoten, a beautiful handmade craft gallery with a small restaurant built in.
Bird's eye view of Oga-shoten.
Handmade ceramics at Oga-shoten.
Restaurant seating nestled among craft gallery.
Hanko stamp artist Saito.
Carving hanko from bamboo.
Upstairs seating at Oga-shoten, a relaxing break.
Restaurant Suiran's traditional set meal at Oga-shoten.
Enjoying miso from Suiran.
Lunch at Oga-shoten's restaurant Suiran.
Rain falls on street of Oga-shoten.
Enjoying the cool rain after lunch at Oga-shoten.
Bridge over Hachimanbori, ancient moat.
Board river boat for guided tour of the town's moat.
Group enjoying boat ride.
Beautiful rainy afternoon on the river.
Traditional river boat used to carry the merchant goods and omihachiman's mass produced tiles.
Gentle river ride.
Fantastic view of Omihachiman from River Boat.
Traditional merchant building now serves refreshments.
Just beyond the greenery is an amphitheater where locals perform for Lantern Festival.
Traditional buildings along river.
Checking out the sights by boat.
Group enjoying the beautiful Hachimanbori.
View of river from Hakuun bridge.
Hachimanyama cable car.
Lodge at the top of Hachimanyama.
Enjoying the panoramic view from lodge.
View from Hachimanyama - You can see Nishinoko (Lake Nishino) in the night.
Omihachiman from Hachimanyama.
Dusk on Hachimanbori.
Tourists and locals come out to enjoy the evenings festivities.
Night falls and 2,000 lanterns are lit along Hachimanbori.
Paper lanterns along river light up the town.
A walk along the river is beautiful and mystical.
Lanterns at Kawara Tile Museum.
3-D glasses make lanterns come to life!
Inside 3-D glasses, lanterns transform into colored faces.
Thousands of lanterns are a remarkable sights!
Lanterns arranged in beautiful display.
Wooden lanterns hanging from bamboo posts.
What a gorgeous night!
Handmade paper lanterns along Omihachiman street.
Shinmachi-dori's nighttime colors celebrate Lantern Festival.