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Hina Matsuri Walking Tour - in Shiga - Sat March 9 (Osaka)

Walking Tour of Hina Dolls and International Cultural Day.

Location: Gokasho, Shiga Prefecture.
(Near Notogawa),
Day / Date: Saturday, March 9, Protected content .

Osaka Departure Time: 8:00 a.m.
*Note: The JR Shinkaisoku Express train leaves JR Osaka station @ 8:00 a.m., Please make sure you arrive 10 min beforehand and are ready to catch the train at this time. Get on at the front carriage – in the direction of Kyoto, on Platform #8.

The plan is to take a JR Shinkaisoku train to JR Ohmihachiman station, then change to a local train to go one more stop to JR Azuchi station. At Azuchi we will rent bikes for the day and cycle to the charming olde worlde merchant town of Gokasho via several temples and other sites.

Cycling level is easy and the route is flat (no hills). Electric bikes can be hired. Total cycling distance is about Protected content . Wear comfortable and warm clothing, gloves for cycling, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes for walking / cycling.

Event Details: A delightful full-day out enjoying stunning displays of Hina Dolls at 3 old merchant houses in Gokasho, a historic town in Shiga. Japan’s Hina Matsuri is a popular spring cultural event celebrated as part of Girls Day. Even if the dolls don’t appeal to you – this event is still a great, fun day out. Afterwards we will cycle back to Azuchi and take the train back to Osaka. ETA Osaka: 18:30.

Lunch plans to be at a nice traditional, thatched roof house / restaurant in Gokasho before attending the walking tour of Hina Dolls.

Costs: The Hina Doll Tour event is free (guide and interpreter provided), however entry tickets to the 3 Ohmi merchant houses is \600. Other costs include: JR train \1,490 each way (\ Protected content from Osaka to Azuchi. *Cheaper JR train tickets can be bought by you in advance from a Kinken ticket shop for around \2,550). Lunch: about \1, Protected content on menu selection), and bike hire \1,000. Estimated total cost is around \5,580.

Another option is to make your own way to Gokasho via JR Notogawa stn (Shinkaisoku stop) and take a bus to Gokasho – Plaza Sampoyoshi. The Hina Doll walking tour starts at 13:30.

Enquiries: Higashiomi Tourist Association: Protected content

Attendance / Participation Required: RSVP to John Andrews via InterNations.

Deadline for Participation Registration: Thursday March 7, Protected content .

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