Let's go to Boat Race Suminoe to see a speedboat racecourse

The weather was perfect for a trip on the snow watching boat. It operates from Jan. 10 to March 10. It only operates during the winter. There was table seating inside the boat and passengers could freely visit the deck. Basic information was shown on a television inside the boat in both Japanese and Chinese. Wow! There were so many gorgeous sights, including the beautifully snow-capped Mount Ibuki, Hira Mountains and Mount Hiei, Biwako Ohashi Bridge and the Buddhist temple Ukimido. If you make a reservation, you can even get off the boat at Ogoto Onsen. Before you know it you will arrive in Nagahama.



It is a 2 hour 40 minute boat trip. On the boat, you can eat a special bento prepared for the 130th anniversary of the start of operations of the rail-linked boat. (Reservations required.) It contains Omi beef, bamboo shoots, clams and small fry from Lake Biwa. Japan's bentos are delicious even hot or cold.


At last, let's visit Tajiri Historic House, a luxurious building.


Take your time looking around Nagahama Bonbaiten (Nagahama Japanese apricot bonsai exhibition) The Nagahama Bonbaiten (Nagahama Japanese apricot bonsai exhibition) is open every year from Jan. 20 to March 10 at Nagahama's Keiunkan reception hall. This is the 64th year of the exhibition where you can appreciate beautiful Japanese apricot bonsai. Among them are the 400-year-old Furo (perennial youth), the 100-year-old Senkaku (immortal mountain wizard), and Shirataki (white waterfall), which has dangling branches. The Japanese apricot trees are also for sale, and one even goes for 380,000 yen!



This Japanese apricot tree with eightfold red blossoms is incredible. It's called "Furo," which means perennial youth, and the name seems to fit! This tree is 400-years-old this year, but it has plenty of flowers in full bloom. That is the result of a good care from a bonsai professional. Visitors can see 200 bonsai over the two-month course. Take a long, leisurely look at the Japanese apricot trees bonsai artisans have done their utmost care for during the past year.

nagahama kurokabe square


Hotel → JR Osaka Station → JR Otsu Station → Travel from Otsu to Nagahama on the snow watching boat → Eat a bento lunch inside the boat → Nagahama Bonbaiten (Nagahama Japanese apricot bonsai exhibition) → Walk around Kurokabe Square → JR Nagahama Station → JR Hikone Station → Hikone Castle → Gold tooling workshop (Yonbancho Square) → Dinner of Omi beef at Sennaritei Kyara → JR Hikone Station → JR Osaka Station → Hotel


Hotel → Osaka Matsuyamachi-suji Shopping Street → Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki for lunch at the Dotombori location of Fukuebisu → Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum (Ukiyo-e woodblock printing workshop) → JR Namba Station → JR Tennoji Station → to Kansai International Airport via Kansai Airport Rapid Service


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