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Scenic adventures around Lake Biwa

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Nagahama, Shiga (Photo: yoko_ken_chan / Shutterstock.com)

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Otsu

Otsu

Ōtsu is the capital city of Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Ōtsu is known as the main port of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. ...

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Omihachiman

Omihachiman

Ōmihachiman is a city in central Japan. Himure Hachimangu Shrine has a number of ornate wooden temples. From the shrine, a ca...

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Upcoming Shiga Events

Otsu Festival

Otsu Festival

Cathy Cawood

Otsu Matsuri takes place in early October and features thirteen ornate floats with ingenious mechanical puppets.

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Water Lily Exhibition

Water Lily Exhibition

Kim

Shiga's Mizunomori Water Botanical Garden is home to over 150 types of water lilies, and they typically begin to bloom in ear...

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Peach and Mango Afternoon Tea

Peach and Mango Afternoon Tea

Kim

From July 1st until August 31st, the Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel will host a Peach and Mango afternoon tea event which features ...

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Where to eat in Shiga

Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Amanda Ho

On the west side of Lake Biwa, Shirahige is a family restaurant dedicated to making the best soba. Touted as a healthy noodle...

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La Collina Omi-Hachiman

La Collina Omi-Hachiman

Eriko Fukui

La Collina means hill in Italian, giving a clue to the architect’s intentions, with its hill like roof covered by a lush lawn...

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Hikone Castle in Shiga 7

Hikone Castle in Shiga

Lily

Hikone Castle in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture, is a very famous original castle tower. It is registered as a National Treasu...

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Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Amanda Ho

On the west side of Lake Biwa, Shirahige is a family restaurant dedicated to making the best soba. Touted as a healthy noodle...

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Biwako Valley

Biwako Valley

Amanda Ho

Standing at 1100 meters, Biwako Valley boasts a host of fun-filled activities regardless of season.

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About Shiga

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
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Capital Otsu
Population 1,410,777
Area 4017.38 sq. km

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.

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