Technical Tour


Gala Dinner

Photo Provided by Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Technical Tour

We plan to go to HORIBA BIWAKO E-HARBOR & Kiyomizu dera temple by bus. If there are many applicants, there is a possibility that some participants will go to another location.

HORIBA’s flagship facility - HORIBA BIWAKO E-HARBOR

HORIBA BIWAKO E-HARBOR is one of the flagship facilities of HORIBA at its site in Shiga Prefecture, in the Kyoto-Shiga area where the HORIBA Group is headquartered. This is the largest development and production site in HORIBA Group and the aim is to enhance HORIBA’s domestic production and development, along with its global competitiveness in Energy & Environmental field.

E-LAB - Aiming to strengthen the development and engineering

The “E-LAB”, a development testing facility for automobiles at HORIBA BIWAKO E-HARBOR is operated to promote demonstrations for clients, and the development of products and applications for automotive technologies in the global market.  E-LAB enables us to conduct testing in the loop of its four test cells that combines batteries and fuel cells with powertrains including engines, motors, and drivelines, as well as vehicles.

HORIBA's passion as seen in HORIBA BIWAKO E-HARBOR

”Sengu of technology” - Transforming our altar of technologies into a drive towards technological innovation

In the process of its construction in 2015, the next generation of engineers played the major roles in transferring HORIBA's core technologies, which have been developed in Kyoto over the past 70 years, to the new location. They are absorbing their predecessors' expertise and know-how, and promoting innovation in order to transfer technologies and optimize productivity.

HORIBA called this transfer project the ”Sengu of technology,” and aimed to transform our altar of technologies into a drive towards technological innovation. It was named after the "Shikinen Sengu" of Japanese representative shrine Ise-Jingu, which originally means the regular transfer of a deity to a new shrine building once in a prescribed number of years to preserve its purification and the unique architectural technology.

Where does the name E-HARBOR come from?

The “E” in HORIBA BIWAKO E-HARBOR stands for the various benefits HORIBA is aiming to achieve at this new facility. This is a flagship factory that will be a home base for production driving HORIBA Group factories worldwide.

Engineering - Product engineering for renovation of development, ordered design and production

Energy & Environment - Offering high-end solutions for energy and environment fields. And also environmentally-friendly factory built at a site by Lake Biwa

Engagement - Strengthening mutual communication and commitments with clients

Enhancement - Improving product quality, human resources and production capabilities

Reference: HORIBA BIWAKO E-HARBOR goes into full operation


1 Chome-15-1 Noka, Otsu, Shiga 520-0102

◆ About 45 minutes-drive from Kyoto TERRSA 

Gala Dinner

Gala dinner will be held at the HEIAN JINGU SHRINE Restaurant & Banquet Hall.

A Place of Scenic Beauty: Shin-en Garden

The Shin-en Garden within the grounds of the Heian Jingu Shrine is known worldwide as one of the most famous Japanese-style gardens to be created during the Meiji period. The garden surrounds the main shrine building and is made up of 4 parts: the Higashi (East), Naka (Middle), Nishi (West), and Minami (South) Shin-en Gardens. The vast garden, which was designed by the famous landscape gardener Jihei Ogawa VII is approximately 33,000 square meters in size and features a garden style with a path around a pond. It was designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty by the Japanese Government in December of 1975 for displaying the essence of all the gardening techniques that were compiled over the 1,000 years that Heian-kyo (modern day Kyoto) functioned as the capital of Japan.

The magnificent Shin-en Garden features a different yet equally charming side during every season from weeping cherry blossoms in the spring, Japanese Irises in the early summer, autumn foliage in the fall, and snow-covered scenery during the winter. 100 years since it was first created, the garden exists today as a space that invites visitors into the world of the Heian period where they can witness the grandness of nature.

HEIAN JINGU SHRINE Restaurant & Banquet Hall

97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

◆ About 3 minute-walk from Kyoto City Bus “Okazaki Koen / Bijutsukan, Heian Jingu-mae” Bus Stop

◆ About 10 minute-walk from Kyoto Subway Tozai Line “Higashiyama” Station

Heian Jingu Shrine

The Heian Jingu Shrine was established in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100-year anniversary of the return of the capital to Heian (modern day Kyoto) and enshrines Emperor Kanmu, the 50th Emperor of Japan who ordered the return of the capital to Heian. In 1940 (the 2,600th year since the first emperor came to power), the spirit of Emperor Komei, the 121st Emperor of Japan and the last emperor to live in the capital of Heian, was enshrined here jointly with Emperor Kanmu. Thus, these figures and this shrine came to be widely worshiped as the deities of Japanese culture. The main shrine building is a replica of the Chodoin, which is the main building of the Heian Palace, built at 5/8 scale of the original. The magnificent stature of the current Heian Jingu Shrine is made up of the various original structures built in 1895 such as the Daigokuden, Outenmon Gate, Soryuro, Byakkoro, Corridors, and Ryubidan Steps that have been renovated or reconstructed over the years. In December of 2010, 6 structures including the Daigokuden were designated by Japan as an Important Cultural Property along with the 24.4-meter high Grand Shrine Gate (Otorii) along the path to the shrine, which was designated as a Tangible Cultural Property.