Ho Park is a comprehensive park that pays memory to Nagahama Castle which was built Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the man who helped unite Japan during the warring states period. It is counted among the best 100 places in Japan to see the cherry blossoms. There are around 800 cherry trees planted around the central Yoshino cherry, and during the cherry season in April they bloom magnificently and surround Nagahama’s castle tower. There are nightly lightups in conjunction with the cherry blooms, if you have the time you should visit at night. The sunset from the park is also known as one of Japan’s 100 best places to watch the sunset. Within the park there are various facilities including a children’s park, tennis courts, pools, and other facilities. There is also the famous local Houkousou hotel which features the Nagahama Taiko hot springs. If you have other reservations, you can also just enjoy the hot springs and a meal here. It is a hot springs that is very popular with the locals so it is recommended you see it if you have enough time.
The castle tower inside of Nagahama castle is a restoration that was created in 1983, and the Nagahama Historical Museum exhibits materials on the history and culture of Nagahama. You can learn about the Warring States period here. The last attraction is the very top of the castle tower where you can enjoy a gorgeous view overlooking Lake Biwa.
To reach the park, take the JR Biwako Line to Nagahama Station (長浜駅) and walk 10 minutes. There is free parking in front of the park including large bus parking and so you can conveniently ride there by bus or car. Coming by car, it is recommended you take the Hokuriku to Nagahama IC (長浜IC) and it is about 15 minutes from there
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Description: Ho Park, Nagahama Castle Ruins
|Sights||Ho Park, Nagahama Castle Ruins (豊公園(長浜城跡))|
Koen-cho, Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture 526-0065, Japan
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0749-62-4111|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Ho Park, Nagahama Castle Ruins