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Information for Yasu Residents,
February 2024

Seminar for Lifestyle-Related Disease Prevention

(3-month challenge with tips for busy people!)

“I want to exercise but I don't have time" "Even if I start exercising, It’s difficult to keep it up" ”I want to exercise but I don't have time” , “I pay attention to diet and exercise but somehow I can't lose weight”.

Health promotion professionals will support you.

Date: 14 Feb (Wed) 9:30-11:30 am (registration from 9:00 am)

Place: Meeting room on the 2nd floor of the Health and Welfare Centre

Eligibility: People living in Yasu City (Up to 30 participants, recommended for people aged 40-74)

Schedule: Ms Kyoko Nakahara, health and exercise instructor, will give advice and teach practical skills. On the day, your weight and height will be measured.

To bring: Towel (that can be wrapped and tied around the abdomen), yoga mat or bath towel, writing utensils, drinks (tea or water to rehydrate)

If you have a blood pressure monitor, please measure your blood pressure at home and write down the values.

Participation fee: free of charge

Applications/ Inquiries: Health Promotion Division TEL588-1788 FAX586-3668

Yasu River Rural Centre Event: Funazushi and Chazuke Tasting

~Yasu River Denku no Kai~

Listen to a talk about funazushi. Then taste funazushi made in different ways with chazuke (rice with green tea). Anyone can participate, up to 20 people.

Date: February 22nd (Thursday) 10:00~12:00
Fee: 1,500 yen. Advance registration required (first-come, first-served).

Applications and enquiries: Please apply by February 16th to the Yasu River Rural Centre TEL: 584-3321, FAX: 585-5966

Applications cannot be accepted on Tuesdays from 10:00~15:00. The event may be cancelled if the number of applications is low.


Yasuichi Cycling Tour

Ride along the newly revamped Yasu Bicycle Map/Yasuichi Map course, with the option of borrowing an e-bike free of charge.

Date: 10 March (Sunday). Gather at 9am for the morning session and at 1pm for the afternoon session.

Location: Hope Hill Cultural Park (meet in front of the sports hall). Those arriving by car will need to pay a parking fee.

Fee: 300 yen (insurance fee).

Application/enquiries: from 19 Feb (Monday) Yasu City Tourism and Products Association TEL 587-3710

For any more information or assistance with any of the above,
please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-

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Information translated up to one year prior is displayed below. Please note that this information is out of date. 


Information for Yasu Residents,
January 2024

Happy New Year! We hope that this year we will be able to continue providing you with useful information for your daily life in this post.

To begin the year, here are the main parts of Mayor Kayaki's New Year's Greeting message:

This year is the 20th anniversary of Yasu City’s founding (following the merge between Yasu and Chuzu). I believe that this is the year to promote our 'joyous and lively town development' and explain the plan to the citizens in an easy-to-understand manner.

There have been active discussions on the new hospital development. This year, the foundation work is scheduled to start on city-owned land to the east of the sports complex. This facility will become the centre of regional medical care.

In terms of childcare support, we have been stepping up subsidies for children's medical expenses, which were extended to third-year junior high school students in October last year. Furthermore, one small private nursery school will open in April this year with the aim of eliminating the number of children waiting to enter nursery school.

Finally, in terms of education, the prefectural government, together with the national and municipal governments, is now working on the construction of a Shiga Prefectural College of Technology (technical college) in the Miyake area of the city, with a view to opening in 2028.

The construction of major roads is an important measure for the city's urban development. I will actively lobby the national and prefectural governments for the construction of the Otsu-Konan trunk line, the Shobu line bypass, and the Yasu-Ritto bypass on National Road No. 8

Three years and two months have passed since I became mayor. In the remaining 10 months, I will do my utmost to fulfil my duties. I would like to ask for your continued support in our city’s development. I wish you all good health and happiness.

Subsidies for the replacement of energy-saving appliances

Eligibility ... People who are registered as residents of Yasu City and live in the city. Those who pay municipal tax.

Eligible products: Air conditioners or refrigerators that meet the following criteria

   * Those that meet the latest energy-saving standards.

   * New products bought for replacement and installed in one's own home.

   * Those bought and installed between 1 December (Friday) 2023~8 March (Friday) 2024.

Subsidy amount - half of the amount bought (main unit only, maximum 30,000 yen, rounded down to the nearest 1,000 yen).

Acceptance period: until 8 March.

     *Please be aware that the application period will end once the budget has been reached, regardless of the date.

     For more information, see the city website.

Application/enquiries: Environment Section TEL 587-6003 FAX 587-3834

Learning session on health and body: 'Oral care leads to better health!

Fee: Free of charge

Date and time: 23 February (Friday, National Holiday) 1:30pm-3:30pm

Place: Shiga Prefectural Disability Welfare Centre (8-5-130 Kasayama, Kusatsu City) TEL 564-7327 FAX 564-7641

Lecturer: Nobuko Yamamoto (Dental Hygienist, Dental Surgery Department, Otsu Municipal Hospital)

Application: Send by post or fax, or bring the completed application form to the centre by 17 February.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above,
please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)  

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Information for Yasu Residents,
December 2023

Info for Daily Life: Household appliances subject to recycling cannot be disposed of at collection points!

The following home electrical appliances (air conditioners/CFC-containing air purifiers, televisions, refrigerators/freezers, washing machines/clothes dryers) cannot be thrown away at collection points or brought to clean centres.

Please use one of the following methods to dispose of them:

1. Take them to a retailer. (The pick-up cost varies depending on the retailer.)

2. carry it yourself to a designated collection point. (An appliance recycling fee is required.)

3. ask the city to pick it up. The second Wednesday of every month is the pick-up day.

(An appliance recycling fee, and a collection and transport fee are required.)

PCs, fire extinguishers, cars, motorbikes and their parts (tyres, batteries, etc.), agricultural equipment, chemicals, petroleum, cylinders, refuse containing mercury, dangerous goods, etc. cannot be put out at refuse collection points.

For more information, please refer to the "Gomi Bunbetsu Meijin" brochure, or the city website.

Enquiries: Environment Section ☏587-6003, fax 587-3834


Help us with our food drive!

In Japan, 5.23 million tonnes of food loss (food that could be eaten but is thrown away) occurs every year. Reducing food loss helps to eliminate food wastage and prevent global warming. This activity collects unused food that cannot be used and donates it to food bank organisations, local welfare facilities and organisations.


If you have any of the following types of food left over at home, please bring them in:

*Food with an expiry date of at least one month, unopened (not removed from the packaging) and non-perishable.

Cereals (e.g. white rice, flour) Canned food (e.g. meat, fish, fruit) Dried food (e.g. pasta, udon noodles) 

Beverages (e.g. tea, juice) Instant/pre-packaged foods (e.g. curry roux, cup noodles)

Confectionery (e.g. cookies, chocolate) Seasonings (e.g. cooking oil, soy sauce, salt, sugar)

Period: 8 (Fri) - 15 (Fri) December, when each facility is open.

Collection points: Environment Division, Yasu Library, Community Centres (Yasu, Kitano, Gio, Shinohara) *Nakasato and Hyozu community centres accept donated food at any time.

Enquiries: Environment Section ☏587-6003 FAX587-3834


🎄YIFA Christmas party
Join us for British-style Christmas food and games! 18 Dec (Sat) 4pm-6pm, Community Centre Kitano. Members 1500 yen, Non-members 2000 yen ☏586-3106 fax 586-3139


🎄Christmas Concert

17 December (Sun) 1:30 p.m., Yasu Library Hall Christmas song medley by Chestnuts Free Yasu City Music Community Development Executive Committee  Aoki 090-3262-5421

For any more information or assistance with any of the above,
please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)  

Information for Yasu Residents,
November 2023

Information on Daily Life: You can issue copies of official documents at convenience stores.

From 3 October ㈫, you can use your My Number card to obtain a certificate of residence record at convenience stores nationwide. This service is available early in the morning, at night and on holidays, during your commute or when shopping. For other certificates that can be obtained, please contact the Citizen Division (☏587-6086 FAX586-3677) or the Tax Division (☏587-6040 FAX587-2439).

Who can use this service:

People who are registered as residents in Yasu City.

People who have a My Number card with the PIN (four digits) of the electronic certificate for user certification registered.

Shops where the card can be used:

Seven-Eleven, Lawson, FamilyMart, Heiwado (some stores) and Aeon (some stores) nationwide.

■Available hours: 6:30 am - 11:00 pm (excluding year-end and New Year holidays and maintenance days).

*The issuance fee is 100-150 yen cheaper than going to city hall.


November is the month of the Orange Ribbon and Child Abuse Prevention Campaign


The number of consultations on child abuse is currently increasing: in 2022, there were 332 consultations.

Parental concerns about child rearing

Feeling that your child's growth and development is delayed.

Feeling like you must do things or you must be perfect.


Hints for overcoming parenting problems without worrying

It is necessary not to work too hard at housework and childcare, and to take some time off.

Talk to someone close to you and ask for help.

However, talking to someone may not solve your problems immediately. But you can tell someone how hard it is to raise a child. That will make you feel lighter. And you will be able to raise your child calmly. Feel free to talk to someone about it.


For advice and enquiries

Child Guidance Centres Nationwide 3-digit dialing code ☏189

Shiga Prefecture Abuse Hotline (24-hour service) ☏562-8996

City Family and Child Consultation Office ☏587-6140, fax 586-2176 Consultation on domestic violence (DV) is also available.


Oide Yasu Marukajiri festival 2023

This event will focus on the attractive agricultural, forestry and fishery products of Yasu.

This time there will be a talk show by "Shiga's Fish Doctor" Ryui Kurokawa. Fish from Lake Biwa will be on display in front of Yasu Station. There will also be a bingo tournament for children, kids' dancing and a performance by Hyozu Taiko drummers. 

There will also be rice cake pounding, gibier dishes, direct sales of local vegetables and other shops.


Date and time: 4 November (Saturday) 11am-4pm (even in light rain).

Place: JR Yasu Station South Exit Station Square

Enquiries: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Division (Secretariat of Oide Yasu Marukajiri Council) ☏587-6004 FAX587-3834

For any more information or assistance with any of the above,
please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)  

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Information for Yasu Residents,
October 2023

Applications for Kodomo no Ie (School Childcare Centre) for the year 2024

At Kodomo no Ie, elementary school students in the city whose parents are away from home during the day due to work or other reasons can spend time after school in a safe and secure environment. Those wishing to use the centre from April 2024 must apply in advance. From this year, applications can also be made online.


Period of Application

Applying at City Hall

1st Application Period:  November 8th (Wednesday) ~ 11th (Saturday) 9:00am-6:30pm

2nd Application Period: December 7th (Thursday)- December 9th (Saturday) 9:00am-6:30pm

*Until 5:00pm on November 11th and December 9th.

Applying Online

Applications will be accepted 24 hours a day from November 8th (Wednesday) to December 9th (Saturday).

*From 9:00am on November 8th and until 5:00pm on December 9th.

Applications can be made by post, online, at the meeting room on the 1st floor of the City Hall Annex, or at the Children's Division. (For more information, see the city website).

Application forms: Available at each Kodomo no Ie facility, Yasu City Council of Social Welfare and the Children's Division from October 2nd (Monday)

*As a rule, applications from April 2024 onwards will not be accepted outside of the above period.

*People wishing to enter in the middle of the school year (e.g. those wishing to use the service from the summer holidays) must also apply within the above period.

*Applications are not accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please apply at your convenience during the application period.


Let's have fun making things! Yayoi no Mori Hands-on Learning
~35th anniversary of the Dotaku Museum and Yayoi no Mori Park~

The Yasu City Museum of History and Folklore (Dotaku Museum) will celebrate its 35th anniversary in November. Various events and hands-on learning experiences are held throughout the year.

Visitors can make their own magatama (egg-shaped beads), earthenware and haniwa (clay figurines) in the workshop. These workshop events can be enjoyed by small children, elementary school students and adults. Experiential learning instructors will assist you. Magatama are ancient neck ornaments. Yayoi ceramic panels and handprints are popular souvenirs.

Dates: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, summer and spring vacation periods (except when the museum is closed).

Workshop Items
Maga-dama (you can take them home on the same day).

Earthenware, haniwa (clay terra-cotta tomb figurines), clay bells, clay flutes, Yayoi pottery boards, pottery board handprints (to be given at a later date after drying and baking).

*The items each take approximately 30-60 minutes to make.

*No need to reserve (reservations are required for groups of 10 or more). Please note that a participation fee is required.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above,
please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)  

Information for Yasu Residents,
September 2023


“Tota”: A Nursery for Sick Children

These facilities are for sick or injured children who are unable to attend regular kindergarten or school. They can be used at the times when the child’s parents are not able to look after them. In Yasu city over 1,000 children use these facilities annually. In these nurseries, doctors, nurses and teachers work together to care for children during their recovery period, and teach the children about good-health practices.

Nursery facility: Touta Nursery Room (within Ueda Kodomo Clinic)
Eligibility: aged 6 months ~ elementary school 6th grade (living in Yasu city or with a parent working in Yasu)

Capacity: 8 children per day


Facility is available for use on weekdays from 8:30~17:30 (can be extended to 19:00 except from Thursdays)

Cost of use

City resident, households on public assistance: Free of charge

City resident, tax-exempt households: 500 yen per use

City resident, other than above: 1,000 yen per use

Residents outside the city (only those working in the city): 2,000 yen per use

Extended hours (from 5.30pm): 500 yen per 30 minutes


Application procedure: Please apply and have a medical consultation at the clinic on the day prior.

*You can make a provisional application on the internet between 20:00 on the day prior to 8:00 the following morning (day of use). A reply mail will be sent by 7:30 a.m. Please check this for your reservation status.

*If you wish to apply for use on the day, please inquire from 8:15 a.m.


For inquiries: Touta Nursery Room (Ueda Kodomo Clinic) TEL 596-3751, Yasu City Children’s Division TEL 587-6052, FAX 586-2176


Late Opening at Yasu Library

On this date you can use the library until a bit later than usual. Autumn is a good season for reading long into the evenings. Please come and enjoy a relaxing time at the library. There are some activities on this evening as well.

Date: September 17th (Sunday) (18:30~22:00) Yasu Library Main Building

*Special Nighttime Storytelling (No need to apply) Fun for children and adults (19:00~19:30)

*Book store entry (Application necessary, first-come first-served) Come and view the usually closed-off storage space! (18:40~21:40, 30 mins per viewing)

*Making a mini-planetarium (Application necessary, first-come first-served) A craft class aimed at children (18:45~20:25) (30 mins per class)

To apply: Please apply at the library counter or on the phone from 10 a.m. of September 3rd.
The events are free to join. Regardless, please feel free to come and simply enjoy reading in a relaxing environment.
For enquiries: Yasu Library   TEL 586-0218   FAX 587-5976

Notice Board

Kids’ Basketball

Date: September 10th (Sunday) 13:00~14:30 (Reception from 12:30)

Location: Gym Arena

Eligibility: Up to 20 groups of kindergarten senior class ~ elementary school 1st grade aged children and their parents (or grandparents)

Content: Ball games that can be enjoyed by children and parents.

To bring: Sportswear, gym trainers, drink, towel

Please apply to the city basketball association by September 8th (TEL/FAX 589-3381 9:00~16:00, closed on Sundays and Mondays)

Event is free of charge


Woodwork Class: An SDG Woodwork Workshop

Date: September 16th (Saturday) 9:30~12:00

Location: Big Lake Soccer Ground Clubhouse Rural Space Centre

Content: Woodcraft using branches and acorns fallen in the Big Lake area.

To apply: Yasu River Historical Park Soccer Ground TEL 584-3366; Up to 20 groups; 100 yen (or free for members)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above,
please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)  

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Information for Yasu Residents,
August 2023

​Call for City Flowers, Birds and Trees

In October 2024, 20 years will have passed since the merger of Yasu Town and Chuzu Town. It has been proposed to decide on a flower, bird and tree that will become the symbol of Yasu City. Mayor Kayaki thought that this would make the citizens of Yasu fall in love with the area and be a catalyst to 'create a town full of smiling faces'. Before the merger, the two towns had their own symbols. These were Yasu Town (azalea, pine tree and Japanese bush warbler) and Nakamachi (azalea, pine tree and hibari). Please select a flower, bird or tree that you think is appropriate for the image of Yasu City.

Criteria when considering flowers, birds and trees

1. Something that can be transmitted as a symbol of Yasu City.

2. Something that is closely related to the climate (environment and culture of Yasu City) and nature.

3. Something that is familiar and has a strong connection with the city. z Something that has a strong connection with the city.

4. Trees that are familiar and easily recognisable by name.  

Who can apply: People who live, commute to work or school in Yasu City. (Elementary school students and above).

Applications & enquiries:  Write your name, address, telephone number, occupation (school name), your chosen 'flower/bird/tree' and the reason for your choice on the application form by Friday 29 September, and either send it or bring it to us in person. One person may submit as many entries as they wish, for any one of the city's flowers, birds or trees.

Cooperation Promotion Section, 2100-1 Koshinohara, Yasu City, 520-2395, tel 587-6043, fax 587-4033,


Castle EXPO in Shiga, Lake Biwa 2023 in Yasu City!

This is one of the largest castle events in Japan, held annually in Yokohama, featuring a panel exhibition of the 100 best castles in Japan, a castle theatre, lectures and other events. This year it will be held in Yasu City.

Date and time: Sunday, 19 November, 9.30 am - 5 pm.

Venue: Shirai Theatre Yasu, Yasu Cultural Small Theatre.

Admission Fee: Entry fees charged (free of charge for primary schools students and younger).

Advance Tickets (reserved seats) for the lecture go on sale at Ticket Pia from 10am on 1 August.

Organised by the Castle EXPO in Shiga and Lake Biwa Executive Committee

For ticket sales and details, see the organiser's website (

Held with the cooperation of Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture.

For any queries or more information, please contact the Castle EXPO in Shiga/Biwako Executive Committee TEL 527-0814 (Reception 10am - 5pm, except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)

City Cultural Heritage Protection Section (TEL 589-6436, FAX 589-5444)


Bulletin Board

2023 YIFA Japanese speech contest (Yasu City International Association)

Foreigners studying at Japanese language classes will do their best to make speeches in Japanese. Everyone is welcome to come and listen.

Sunday 10 September, 10am - 12 noon. First 40 people to register. Free of charge. tel 586-3106 fax 586-3139

Old Hawaiian Concert

Yasu Library Main Library Hall, 20 Aug (Sun), 1.30pm- (doors open 1pm-) Anyone can enter. Free-of-charge.

Performances: Blue Hawaii by the Hohoemi Hawaiians, Under the Little Bamboo Bridge, There Will Be Tomorrow, etc.

Enquiries: Yasu City Music in the City Executive Committee, Aoki TEL 090-3262-5421.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above,
please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)  

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Information for Foreign Residents
June, 2023

Newly Refurbished City Gym Set to Open


The city gym, first opened in 1989, is well loved by the citizens of our city. As the facility is going to be used for a big national sports event in 2025 (the Watashiga Kagayaku National Sports and Disability Sports Competition), large-scale construction has been enacted. The newly refurbished gym is open and free for use again from July 1st.

There will be a special event to commemorate the reopening of the facility.

Reopening Event

A ceremony and special event will take place.

Date: July 1st (Saturday)

Location: Yasu City Gym

Morning Schedule:     9:30~ Ceremony (tape cutting, greetings, etc.)

                                9:50~ Performance by the students of the Shiga Lakes Cheer School

                              10:00~ Game between members of the city’s mini basketball team

Afternoon Schedule: 14:00~ Basketball lesson by members of the women’s basketball team,                                              Lake Venus—winners of a national contest in 2022.

                                          Mini basketball teams of Yasu can participate.

Spectators can view the ceremony and events of this day from the 2nd tier seating.


Mobile Library at Al Plaza Yasu

Many books will be available, such as lifestyle books, novels, books with large-type and children’s picture books. As you come for your shopping, please make use of the library.

Date: 3rd Friday of every month (10:30~12:00)

*On June 16th, the mobile library will take place in the central court. Please come and enjoy a talk and some picture book readings.

Location: Heiwado Al Plaza Yasu 1st Floor Service Centre

*Bring your library card. If you don’t have one, you can make one on the day. In this case, please bring identification which shows evidence of your address.

For any more information, please contact Yasu Library (TEL 586-0218, FAX 587-5976)

Event Information


43rd Annual Sarasara Yose (Vaudeville)

An event which includes rakugo performances.

Date: July 2nd (14:00~

Location: Community Centre Kitano

Fee: Free-of-charge

For more information, please contact Arakawa at the Omi Rakugo Association (TEL 090-3466-6629)


Marine Ryukyu Concert (Okinawa Memorial Day, Okinawa and the Sanshin)

A medley performance of Okinawan folk songs performed on the sanshin, a traditional instrument of the region.

Date: June 18th (13:30~)

Location: Yasu Library Main Hall

Fee: Free-of-charge

For more information, please contact Aoki at the Committee for Making Yasu a City of Music (TEL 090-3262-5421)

Information for Foreign Residents
May, 2023

Financial Support for Newly-Married Couples


Support is offered to newly married couples who are starting their new life in Yasu City. The city offers some financial support for purchasing or refurbishing property, renting a home, or for moving fees.

Eligibility: Married couples who fulfil the following criteria (1~7)

1. Couple were married between March 1st 2023 and March 8th 2024

2. The address on the certificate or residency of one or both of the couple is the same as the address on the application.

3. On the date of the marriage both members of the couple were aged 39 or under.

4. The combined income of the couple is less than 5,000,000 yen

5. The couple has not previously received this financial support.

6. The couple are paying Yasu City Municipal Tax.

7. The couple plan to live in Yasu for more than three years after the date of application.

Eligible Expenses: Living expenses incurred due to getting married between April 1st 2023 and March 8th 2024 (including expenses already paid).

*Please be sure to check with the city hall regarding what expenses are covered by this support.

Subsidy Amount:  Couples under 39 years old: 300,000 yen

                             Couples under 29 years old: 600,000 yen

Application Procedure: Please submit the application form to the city hall between May 8th 2023 and March 8th, 2024. Bring the application form directly to the city hall. Please be aware that there are limitations regarding the budget and that priority will be given to those who apply earlier.

*For more detailed information, please consult the city homepage.

For more information or to apply: Planning and Coordination Division (TEL 587-6039, FAX 586-2200)


Let’s Try Marine Sports!


Try Canoeing in a Swimming Pool

Every year during the summer holiday there is a three-day canoe school at Lake Biwa for elementary school students. As a prelude to this event, as a way of allowing the children to try out canoeing before deciding to join the full event, this fun ‘canoeing experience’ event is held.

Date: June 17th (Saturday), 18th (Sunday), or 24th (Saturday) 9:30~10:30, 11:00~12:00 (two time slots)

Location: Chuzu B&G Kaiyou Centre Pool

Eligibility: Elementary school students who have not joined a canoe lesson at this centre previously. Each lesson will be limited to 4 participants.

Participation fee: 1,000 yen


Yachting Experience Event

These yachts are not ordinarily boarded… This is a really good opportunity for people to get to know yachts and yachting in a fun and supportive environment. The B&G Chuzu Kaiyou Club members will offer their help and support.

Date: July 2nd (Sunday), 9th (Sunday) 10:00~11:30

Location: Chuzu B&G Kaiyou Centre Boathouse

Eligibility: Elementary school students 3rd grade or over. Each lesson will be limited to 4 participants.

Participation fee: 1,000 yen

To apply: Applications will be accepted by this centre from 9:00 on May 14th (Sunday). Telephone applications will be accepted from May 16th. When you apply you will be informed about further details such as what to bring.

For more information, or to apply: B&G Kaiyou Centre (TEL 589-5100, FAX 589-5525)


The 162nd Oide Yasu Hiking Event

(View the Yuki Saiden Rice Field and Rice Planting Festival)


The rice from the Yuki Saiden field is said to be cultivated purely as it is dedicated to the gods. At the festival you will see traditionally clad ladies planting the rice seedlings. There will also be a dance set to traditional songs and taiko drumming.

Date: May 28th (Sunday) 9:00 (Please gather in front of the convenience store at the south exit of Yasu Station)

*The event will be cancelled in the case that there is a greater than 70% chance of rain according to the weather forecast of the previous evening at 19:00.

Capacity: 30 people

Schedule: JR Yasu Station South Exit (9:20 departure)…  Sekurabe Jizo… Join the Rice-Planting Festival… Tempo Gimin Monument… Mikami Shrine… Board bus at Mikami Shrine… JR Yasu Station (Around 12:00)

Walking distance: 4km

To bring: Flask, Towel, Raingear, Sheet

Participation fee: 500 yen (Not including the 220-yen bus fare)

*Please apply by May 22nd to the Yasu City Tourist Products Association (TEL 587-3710)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)


Information for Foreign Residents
April, 2023

A New Civic Collaboration Centre


Within the main building of Yasu Library, the civic collaboration room (shimin kyodoshitsu) will open this month. This base for our community activities has been moved from the Civic Service Centre. It is a place for any citizen to freely engage in community activities. Please use your wisdom and strength for the purpose of improving our city. This room can be used for all manner of different activities, such as lectures and seminars of local organisations, consultations, or information exchanges. This room will officially open for the first time at 10:00a.m. on April 4th.


Support for local activities

1. A monthly newsletter called ‘tsunagari’ which will give information of local activities and events.

2. Information of local organisations updated on the homepage.

3. Help towards the collaborative exchange event ‘Yasumaru Hiroba’.

4. Consultation regarding local activities.

5. Booking library rooms for use by local organisations.


Consultations with local residents or residents’ associations

For those people unable to go to the city hall on weekdays, informal consultations with residents’ associations or local people regarding local activities will be offered on weekends. Documents will also be accepted. Regarding the consultations, there may be cases when the response will come at a later date.


Civic Collaboration Room 

TEL 518-0556     FAX 587-5976     E-mail

Address 520-2315 Yasu City Tsujimachi 410

Opening Hours: 10:00~18:00 (room hire until 17:00)

Closed on Mondays, public holidays and at the end-of-year period (same as Yasu Library)


Volunteer Tourism Association Hiking Event


This year the ‘Oide Yasu Hiking’ and ‘JR Hiking’ events have been combined. The course will run through the Nagahara Palace ruins, the location of which was used by three generations of the Tokugawa dynasty, including Ieyasu himself.

Date: April 21st (Friday) 9:30~15:30 (approx.). Meeting at the stairs at the North Exit of Yasu Station

Course: Yasu Station North Exit … Enkoji Temple … Chosenjin Kaido … Jonenji Temple … Sugawara Jinja Shrine (lunch) … Nagahara Palace Ruins … Gioji Temple … Board bus in front of Nagahara Residence … Yasu Station North Exit (around 15:30). Total 7km.

Fee: Participation Fee 500 yen, Bus Fare 240 yen

Capacity: 80 people

To apply: Please apply to the Yasu City Tourism Products Association by April 17th. (TEL 587-3710)

*If there is a greater than 70% forecast of rain for 9:00am on the day of the event, it will be cancelled.

YIFA Event: English Tour Guide

Learn how to introduce the good aspects of Japan in English with YIFA Coordinator of International Relations, Phil. 
Dates: May 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th (10:00~11:30) (Total 5 classes)

Location: Community Centre Yasu

Fee: YIFA members 4000 yen (full course) or 1000 yen per class

       Non-members  6000 yen (full course) or 1500 yen per class

Capacity: All welcome up to a limit of 15 participants.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
March, 2023


Spring finally seems to have arrived. This month we would like to introduce some fun upcoming events.


Yasu Ichi Cycling Festival 2023

~Get to know Yasu, a city that links the lake and the mountains~

The Yasu cycling map (Yasu Ichi Map) has been updated! In commemoration of this, the Yasu Ichi Cycling Festival 2023 will be held. There will be a live discussion held which will make everyone want to get riding, then the actual ride through Yasu will take place. Please do come along and enjoy the event.

Date: March 11th (Saturday) 10:00~16:00 (will go ahead even in case of light rain)

Location: The Square in front of Yasu Station (By the South Exit)

Schedule:             Yasu Ichi Cycling Tour (Reservation needed)

                            Road bike, E-bike experience (Reservation needed)

                            30-minute lesson to learn to cycle (Reservation needed)

                            Live Discussion: Pro-cyclists, triathletes and artistic cyclists will participate

                            Quiz about Yasu products and cycling

                            You can also have your photo taken with a police bicycle and police car

For more details, please check the Yasu Tourist Products Association social media accounts or homepage, or the event flyer.

The event schedule may change due to weather conditions.

For more information please contact the Yasu City Tourist Products Association (587-3710) or the Commerce and Tourism Division (587-6008)


Community Building and Shiitake Setting in the Forest

Cut down trees in the forest and play in the middle of nature. Using the cut wood to try setting shiitake mushrooms. There will also be craft activities to do.
Date: March 26th (Sunday) 10:00~12:00 (Reception from 9:45)

Location: Biwako Citizens of the Earth Forest, Tsudoi Zone

Participation Fee: 500yen per family

*Please wear clothes which are easy to move in, a hat and a drink.

To Apply: Nature Club (Play in the Hills and Fields), Ask for Tamachan or Matsushita (090-4760-1663)



The 26th Annual Performance of the Yasu City Brass Band

Date: March 12th (Sunday) Performance begins at 14:00

Location: Shirai Theatre Yasu *The car park is small so please come by public transportation if possible.

Schedule: Kumano Kodo Fantasy, Phantom of the Opera, Mr Incredible, etc (Conductors: Kazuko Fujiike and Minoru Okuno)

For more information: 080-6108-2538 (Kudo) Homepage:

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
February, 2023


We hope you are all well in spite of the cold weather. This month we will introduce some information about daily affairs.

Applications are being accepted for financial support of school children
for the year 2023

Families who are struggling financially in terms of sending their children to publicly run schools can apply to receive financial support to purchase school items and school lunch. Please note that families who are already receiving this support must apply again for next year.

How to apply

Please complete the application form by March 14th (Tuesday) and submit them, together with the necessary documents to the school that your child is (or will be) at. You can also submit your application to the School Education Division of the city hall.

*Applications for elementary school students who will enter this year must be submitted by April 12th.

*Application forms can be found at all schools and at the School Education Division of the city hall. The forms can also be downloaded from the city homepage.

*If you apply during the course of the school year, you will be eligible for support from the following month.

For more information, please contact the School Education Division (TEL 587-6017, FAX 587-3835)


Let’s Cooperate together to recycle unused electrical appliances

What is ‘Home Appliance Recycling’?

Old electrical appliances (air conditioners, TV sets, refrigerators, washing machines and clothes dryers) can be important resources. The Home Appliance Recycling Law was enacted on April 1st 2001 in order to promote the reuse of such items, reduce waste and protect the environment.

Electrical Appliances cannot be placed in the regular waste disposal area.

Please use one of the following methods.

1. Bring it to a home electronics store (please be sure to check the cost)

2. Take it to a designated ‘pick-up spot’ yourself (recycling fee is required)

3. Request the city to dispose of it. The 2ns Wednesday of each month is the collection day for such items (recycling fee and transportation fee are required)

*Please note that the following cannot be put out at the garbage collection point: personal computers, fire extinguishers, automobiles, motorbikes and their parts (tires, batteries etc), agricultural tools, chemicals, petroleum, cylinders, garbage containing mercury or hazardous materials (non-exhaustive list).

*For more information, please check the city-issued pamphlet entitled ‘gomi bunbetsu meijin’

*The closest designated ‘pick-up spot’ is Nihon Transportation Shiga Branch (Yasu City, Kamiya 123-7 TEL 587-1022, FAX 588-0377). Open hours: Monday~Saturday (excluding public and end of year holidays) 9:00~12:00 and 13:00~17:00. You must call ahead before bringing the item you wish to dispose of.

*For more information regarding recycling fees, please contact the Electrical Applicance Recycling Ticket Centre (TEL 0120-319-640, FAX 03-3903-0377)


Spring Firefighting Training

This training exercise has been cancelled for 4 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will be held this year. Fire engines will be dispatched from facilities across Yasu, Kusatsu, Moriyama and Ritto to create a powerful training exercise. A disaster-prevention helicopter will also be dispatched on this day. Please come and watch.

Date: February 25th (Saturday) 8:30~9:30 (a.m)

Location: Heiwado Al Plaza Yasu

Content: Dispatch of fire engines, rescue activities using ladder trucks and disaster-prevention helicopters, simultaneous water spraying, etc.

*Following the training drills, there will be a disaster prevention fair. For more details, please check the city homepage.

For more information, please contact the Konan Area Fire Department East Fire Station (TEL 587-1119)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

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