The subject of the famous artist Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e paintings “Eight Views of Omi,” Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県, Shiga-ken) is famous for its many picturesque views thanks to Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake.
The lake and the surrounding area are perfect for water sports and outdoor activities, while much of Shiga avoided damage from World War II and the rapid urbanization right after it, making it a great place to relax and a prime day trip location from nearby Kyoto and Osaka. Enryaku-ji is one of the most important temples in Japan, while Hikone Castle is one of just four castles that are classified as national treasures.
The city of Koka has the Ninja Village, a very interesting attraction for domestic and foreign tourists alike. Shiga is also well known for its delicious food, including Omi beef and funa-zushi.
Shiga's Mizunomori Water Botanical Garden is home to over 150 types of water lilies, and they typically begin to bloom in early..
La Collina means hill in Italian, giving a clue to the architect’s intentions, with its hill like roof covered by a lush lawn ..
On the west side of Lake Biwa, Shirahige is a family restaurant dedicated to making the best soba. Touted as a healthy noodle, they..
Men-ya Lennon has excellent ramen just a few minutes walk from JR Otsu Station.
A pet friendly homestay on the shores of Lake Biwa
Sakura Season at Hokoen Park and Nagahama Castle is a delight, with around 600 Somei Yoshino cherry trees dotting the grounds. Admission..
During early April each year, approximately 800 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in the Kaizu Osaki area for around 4 kilometers. This..
The Oku Biwako region is one of Japan's largest freshwater lakes. Visitors can experience the region's customs firsthand..
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