Taking the JR regular train along the Biwakosen, you choose to get off at Minami Hikone station and being lost in the incredible world of Viva city. Viva city is a large shopping arcade which is believed to be the only on around Hikone area, then how big and crowded can you imagine about this shopping center? Featuring various shops, restaurants, entertainment facilities of karaoke, movie theaters, pools and amusement centers, the city deserves to be acclaimed Viva by anyone coming for the first time. In other aspect, Viva city is also the destination of some nostalgic ones, lingering to get some compact disc, manga and books or else, enjoy the live performance held in the central atrium late on Sunday night.
When you are out of Minami Hikone station and see Viva city, you suddenly get a feeling that it is not a part of real world but a piece of heaven's illusion. It is not an exaggeration if you stand in front of the Viva city hall on some shiny day under the crystal clear blue sky and overwhelmed by deep blue eyes, actually the glass windows of the main hall looking down at you with two grandiose wings opening widely to both sides. Such a both imposing and enchanted beauty will swallow you up in a second. The Vivacity hall with capacity of 400 seats features a walk-in gallery, a training room and a free space of exhibition. Performances taking place inside the hall include mini concerts, fashion shows, recitals and artistic exhibitions.
About 100 stores occupying the second floor of Viva city covers almost all varieties of goods from fashion for women, men and family, accessories and miscellaneous goods, books, electric appliances, to beauty and glocery. Clothes for women are attached special importance with the total shops up to 17, some outstanding names are Casula Honeys, Tont Deux, Maruyama, or Urban Fox, along with an impressive number of 13 stores of accessories and miscellaneous goods. You can also find two glasses stores called Vision Care and Glasses of Hayama, as well as the shoes shop Studio K and the bag shop Gransac's.
Delicious parfaits of Cream and Cream shop
Food is a specificity of the first floor with 8 food patios, 10 restaurants and cafe inside and two others outside. Cream and Cream is a sweet shop of crepe and tapioca mixing in a colorful and delectable parfait. Hanamaru Udon has the unique handmade soup and strong raw noodles with dietary fiber of lettuce and Mister Donut welcomes you by fragrant cups of coffee as well as delicious donuts. Viva city offers 5 different choices for your entertainment, namely Viva city cinema, Culture Plaza, Lapyuta Bowl, Wonder Park and Karaoke US Land. Viva city cinema contains 4 separate theaters with capacities of 106, 110, 131 and 208 seats in turn.
Vary by shop and restaurant
From Minami Hikone Station East exit on JR Tokaido Line, get a 3-minute walk to Viva city.