Eastern Shiga is a region located in the southeastern part of Shiga prefecture. It includes the cities of Higashioumi, Oumihachiman, Yasu, Konan, Ritto, and Moriyama.
Eastern Shiga, the area to the east of Lake Biwa, is where Oda Nobunaga, a warlord who was active from the Warring States Period (1467-1590) to the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1575-1603), built his castle. The castle was called Azuchi Castle, and it was a symbolic presence representing Nobunaga’s authority. At present, only the stone wall remains, and it can be seen at the Azuchi Castle Ruins.
After that, Hidetsugu Toyotomi, who governed the Oumihachiman area, developed the town around the castle and completed the canal system. In addition to this, the area is dotted with historical buildings such as Taga-taisha Shrine, so please enjoy going for a walk through the town.
It is convenient to have a car for getting around this area. From major cities, take the bullet or conventional train to Oumihachiman Station. From Tokyo to Oumihachiman Station, you can take the bullet train to Kyoto Station then change to the JR Biwako line. It takes about 3 hours.