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Shiga

Scenic adventures around Lake Biwa

About Shiga

Things to do in Shiga

Dining

Men-ya Lennon

Men-ya Lennon

Shiga Prefecture is generally known for its bounty of fresh vegetables, wagyu (Ohmi beef), and funazushi; not for its ramen. However, if you crave a piping bowl of gourmet ramen, I have a suggestion: Men-ya Lennon. Just a few minutes from JR Otsu..

Places to stay

Kiyomiso Inn

Kiyomiso Inn

An hour away from central Osaka, or half an hour away from central Kyoto, Kiyomiso Inn sits on the western side of Lake Biwa. A family run business, the inn is just a few steps away from the shores of Lake Biwa. Since 2001, pets have been welcomed an..

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Makino Pic-land

Makino Pic-land

Voted as the top hundred Japan roadside tree views, stretching for an approximately 2.5 kilometers straight road is a row of Metasequoia trees just outside Makino Pic-Land. Known as redwoods and having its origins from China, about 500 of these Metas..

Biwako Valley

Biwako Valley

Needing only an hour from central Kyoto, Biwako Valley on the western side of Lake Biwa can be visited on a day trip. Standing at 1100 meters, there are activities for all regardless of age. From children to senior citizens, Biwako Valley has lots to..

Ho Park

Ho Park

Only five minutes by foot from JR Nagahama train station, nestled on the east of Japan’s biggest lake, Lake Biwa, Ho Park is a massive park surrounding Nagahama Castle, which was originally built by feudal lord Hideyoshi Toyotomi, but reconstru..

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About shiga

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalOtsu
Population1,410,777
Area4017.38 sq. km

The subject of the famous artist Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e paintings “Eight Views of Omi,” Shiga 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.

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