Located near the lakeside district of Omi-Hachiman, the Hachiman-bori Canal was built by Hidetsugu Toyotomi, the adopted son of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, to channel the ships crossing Lake Biwa to the town of Omi. Beside the Hachiman-bori Canal lies Omi’s famous white-walled storehouses and old houses. Omi-Hachiman is also home to the famous Himura Hachimangu Shrine, Shirakumo Bridge and the Kawara (roof tile) Museum. There are also national heritage sites like the Old Nishikawa House and the Former Ban-ke Residence. The area is also a popular film location and a must visit for history buffs.