Enjoy the slowest vehicle in Japan at “Suigo Meguri” in Omihachiman!

Suigo is picturesque with its rivers, lakes, and marshes. Omihachiman’s suigo is located in Omihachiman city in Shiga Prefecture. It centers on the west side of Lake Biwa. It was first designated as an important cultural asset in 2006. You can view the beautiful scenery that nature produces during each season from a row boat at Omihachiman’s suigo meguri.

A row boat


The reception area

What’s the slowest vehicle in Japan? Suigo Meguri in Omihachiman

There are 4 boarding points in the Omihachiman area and I was at Kitanoshocho.

The thatched house
The thatched house
The owner’s room and picture
The owner’s room and picture

There is a thatched house on a platform because of its location on the lake. You can wait for the boat here and you’ll also find a room inside for the rowers. There is a picture on the wall that says, “This is the slowest row boat, Suigo Meguri”!

boarding the boat.
boarding the boat.
Departing.
Departing.

Let’s get on board!

Once the boat arrives at the port, you get on after taking off your shoes. The boat has a roof to protect you from the sun. It also has a red lantern, but it’s an imitation which doesn’t actually work. 6 to 8 people can fit on one boat and the boat departs twice a day at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You can reserve a seat and also choose from three different routes. In this case, you can also decide on the departing time.

The bed of reeds.
The bed of reeds.
A Heron
A Heron
A Grebe
A Grebe

You can watch rare birds on the lake.

As the boat proceeds, you’ll see the bed of reeds. I could see some herons and a Grebe floating on the water, which the rower kindly told me the name of. There are many Grebes (Nihonoumi) on lake Biwa. The Grebe is designated as Shiga’s prefectural bird. You’ll commonly see Grebes while touring on Suigo Meguri that are considered a rare species.

Nature

A fisherman

A waterway to the rice field

Suigo Meguri shows you different scenery according to each season.

It was so relaxing touring on the calm water and seeing many the rice fields without any electrical poles obstructing my view. I passed by people on a boat enjoying fishing and a waterway leading to a rice field. Suigo Meguri shows you Japanese life as well as the wildlife that live there. You can see many different flowers like cherry blossoms and rapeseed flowers, depending on the season. You can enjoy many different areas by departing from different ports.

A waterway

Map

880, Kitanoshocho, Omihachiman city, Shiga Pref.

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