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Harie Shozu no Sato - The Village of Living Water

This 4K video, titled "Harie Shozu-no-sato - Shiga - 針江生水の郷 - 4K Ultra HD," was released by "TokyoStreetView - Japan The Beautiful."
It introduces magnificent views of "Harie Shozu no Sato," the Village of Living Water, a popular sightseeing destination in Takashima, Shiga.

In Harie Shozu no Sato in Shiga Prefecture, the beautiful local spring water has long been used by the people in everyday life.
This article will introduce tourist information for the Village of Living Water, a place where people live in harmony with nature.
Be sure to follow along with the video!

The Village of Living Water in Shiga Prefecture

The Harie district of Takashima, Shiga, a place not far from Shirahige Shrine, is also called "Shozu no Sato" and "Junsui no Sato" in Japanese.
The spring water in this area comes from underground, and has existed for more than 200 years.

In 2015, Harie Shozu no Sato was selected as a Japanese heritage site under "Lake Biwa and its Surrounding Waters."
Let's take a look at the beautiful scenery of the Village of Living Water.
You can see the beautiful water flowing along the side of the road from 0:08 in the video.

The Wisdom of Our Ancestors Passed Down in the Village of Living Water

A Kabata is system that uses water from a spring for domestic use.
The cleanest water upstream is used as drinking water, and downstream there is a small pool for washing vegetables.
This can be seen from 0:50 in the video.

Also shown at 2:08 in the video, you can see how carp are kept in the waterway, downstream of where the dishes are washed, and they eat leftover food to clean the water.
The Uehara Tofu Shop (上原豆腐店) along the riverside, which can be seen from 2:57 in the video, sells exquisite tofu chilled in the waterways, so be sure to try some and enjoy the local flavors of the area during your visit.

Hidden Gems and Famous Locations in Harie

The Biwako Visitors Bureau, a public interest incorporated association, offers tours such as the "Kabata and Townscape Course" and the "Satoyama Lakeside Course."

If you're looking to go sightseeing in the Village of Living Water, we recommend applying for a guided tour and seeing the recommended routes.
There is also a hotel in Harie that has been renovated from an old Japanese-style house.
Staying at an inn like this is a great way to experience Japanese culture.

Summary of Harie Shozu no Sato - The Village of Living Water

The area around Harie Shozu no Sato is great for those looking to experience the beauty of nature and traditional Japanese culture.
Take a wonderful sightseeing trip to enjoy the magnificent scenery of Harie Shozu no Sato, a place where beautiful water flows through the village.

【Tripadvisor】Harie Shozu no Sato - The Village of Living Water

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Last Updated : Jan. 12, 2023
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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