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  • MIHO MUSEUM
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    4.5
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichoutashiro Momotani 300
    This unique design of this art museum in Koka City, Shiga was created by famous architect, I. M. Pei who was also responsible for designing the glass pyramid at the Musee de Louvre. Built to evoke the image of Shangri-La, 80% of the building is underground allowing it to assimilate into the beautiful natural surroundings. Over 3,000 pieces of art are on display in four exhibition rooms which cover Egypt, Western-Asia, Southern-Asia, and the Western Regions of China and special themed exhibits are also held. * The museum is closed for the winter until March 20th, 2019.

    The architecture of this museum is of course gorgeous as it was designed by IM Pei but the museum itself is quite small. I was shocked to see that the largest exhibits were Chinese art. I would have...

  • Lake Biwa Museum
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    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1091
    Focusing on Lake Biwa, this museum explores the relationship between people and the lake. The museum’s aquarium exhibit, displaying the freshwater animals in general and particularly those found in Lake Biwa, is one of the largest in Japan. Some of the museum’s numerous points of note include an exhibit of endemic species such as the Lake Biwa catfish and a 10-meter-long tunnel aquarium which allows visitors to walk under the water and enjoy freshwater fish from around the world. There are also dioramas presenting the history of Lake Biwa and exhibits presenting items once used by people living in the areas. The museum restaurant’s black bass dishes are popular with visitors. Take the bus from JR Kusatsu Station and get off at Biwako Hakubutsukan-mae.
  • Sagawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Mizuhochou Kitagawa 2891
    An art museum located in Kitagawa Mizuho-cho, Moriyama City. The museum’s collection consists of pieces by Japanese painter Ikuo Hirayama, sculptor Churyo Sato, and ceramic artist Kichizaemon Raku. The museum has three standing exhibit halls each supervised by one of the artists. The museum also holds special exhibitions of other artists’ works. In addition, the museum owns a Buddhist temple bell designated a National Treasure which was originally cast in 858 to serve as the bell for the Hodoin west bell tower at the Enryaku-ji Temple (note that this bell is not normally put on display).

    佐川美術館のカフェレストランSAM。 企画展を観に来て、帰りのバスに乗るまでの時間つぶしに入った。 その日は土曜で、私同様に田中一村展目当てで来た客が多く、入口の順番待ちリストに名前書いてから待合イスに座って待った。 このリスト、相席可否が書き込めるのがいいね。これって、ありそうでないシステムだ。一人の私は当然、「相席可」。 10分もしないうちに呼ばれて、8人掛けくらいの円形テーブルへ。 その卓...

  • Makino Pic-land
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
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    Shiga prefecture Takashima-shi Makino Town 835-1 Terakubo
    A tourism-oriented orchard situated along Prefectural Route 287 in Hiruguchi Makino-cho, Takashima City. Here visitors can enjoy picking a variety of seasonal fruit, including Japanese cherries and grapes. There’s also chestnut gathering and sweet potato digging. The farm’s facilities also include a restaurant which serves dishes made with local agricultural products and wild game, a farm-fresh shop, a gelato shop, and a ground golf course.

    Metasequoia Namiki, a road lined with metasequoia trees, is so beautiful that you should take time and take photos. However, it is forbidden to park your car along the avenue. Makino Pic-Land is a...

  • Foleo Otsu Ichiriyama
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ichiriyama 7-1-1
    A shopping mall situated along Gakuen-dori Avenue in Ichiriyama, Otsu City. The mall is occupied by fashionable clothing stores, interior shops, restaurants, a food court, and food shops, as well as a sports club, salon, culture center, indoor amusement park, and game corner.
  • Genkyu-En
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 3
    This is a garden with a large central pond and a circular walking trail located northeast of Hikone Castle. It was said to have been built by Ii Naooki, the fourth feudal lord of Hikone domain. This is a famous garden built with every luxury imaginable from the Edo culture—it is designed after a palace garden from the Chinese Emperor Xuanzong of Tang. Buildings such as Rinchikaku, artificial hills of Houshoudai are built as if they project out into the large lake, and trees, shrubs and rocks are cleverly arranged to imitate “Omi Hakkei” (Eight Views of Omi). The illumination is also well worth seeing, which is held in November during the season for autumnal leaves.

    This garden is quite pleasant, with a big pond and several bridges. The Hikone Castle can be sighted from several places around the pond. However I would only recommend this place for autumn...

  • Hikiyama Museum
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 14-8
    It is a museum concerning one of the three largest float festivals in Japan, the “Nagahama Hikiyama Festival” which is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and is held in April every year in Nagahama City. There are four festival floats in the collection, two of which are exhibited in the museum. These luxurious and gorgeous ornaments with gold engraving, wood carving and lacquer coating are a must see. There are also an exhibition of stage dummies and a “Kid’s Kabuki” (Japanese classical drama) video show, which is performed on one of the stage floats that is a highlight of the festival. There is also a coffee shop at the museum.

    Small museum located in Kurobe Square - 10 minutes walk from station. Displays showcase the Hikiyama Matsuri which takes place in April, highlighting the role children play in the performance...

  • Club Move
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Bamba 1-11-2 13th Morita Building 4F
    Opened as Shiga Prefecture's first full-scale club in 1997, it has continued to be loved by many clubbers over the years as one of the most venerated clubs in the prefecture. It uses a clear and powerful sound system particularly preferred by K-SUKE, the owner who has made a name for himself as a house DJ. They play a wide range of music from different genres including club music such as house and hip-hop in addition to J-pop and anime songs, giving them the strong support of many prominent DJs and artists.
  • Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga
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    4.0
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Uchidehama 15-1
    This performing arts theater is run by Shiga Prefecture. It has a large hall with a quadruple stage, the largest in Western Japan. Its mid-sized hall is used for theatrical plays, and it has a smaller hall for concerts. It's in a beautiful location with Lake Biwa in the background, and it gets rave reviews from the artists who come to Japan to perform there. It was chosen as one of the country's top 100 venues by the Sound Engineers and Artists Society of Japan. They regularly hold a variety of musical performances including opera, ballet, and classical music concerts.

    平井大さんのワンマンLiveがあり、その際に訪れました。大ホールでもステージに近い印象で非常に良かったです。また、私は2階席で落ち着いていました。

  • Otsumatsuri Exhibition Pavilion
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Chuou 1-2-27
    "The Otsumatsuri Exhibition Pavilion is located around five minutes' drive from the Otsu Interchange on the Meishin Expressway. The exhibits displayed in the Pavilion include artifacts and materials relating to the Otsu Matsuri (Otsu Festival), which is held in Otsu City, to the southwest of Lake Biwa, and which has been designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, as well as life-size replicas of the Hikiyama floats used in the festival. The emphasis in the displays within the Pavilion is on ""enabling visitors to experience the fun and excitement of the Otsu Matsuri,"" and visitors can view video footage of the actual festival. The ""Ohayashi Experience"" area, in which visitors can try their hand at playing ohayashi festival music using such traditional instruments as gongs and Taiko big drums and so on, is very popular with children."

    丸屋町アーケード商店街にある展示館です。大津祭の原寸大の曳山模型や装飾品などを展示しています。また、からくりに様子を映像で見ることができます。館内にはお囃子が流れ、祭気分を味わうことができます。

  • Hino Dahlia Garden
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    4.5
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    Shiga Pref. Gamougunhinochou Kaigake 2198-1
    A botanical garden located in Kaigake, Hino Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. More than 12,000 dahlia plants spanning 150 varieties are grown on the garden’s grounds, and they bloom from early summer through fall. In addition to dahlias, tree peonies, Chinese peonies, and clematis are grown in the garden and visitors can also enjoy strawberry picking in a greenhouse from late February to late May.

    5月の連休前、4月下旬連休前に伺いました。 「日野ダリア園」のダリアの花は、夏から秋にかけての花で、その時期のダリアはパンフレットにも載る位、大変綺麗だそうです。 春は「芍薬」「牡丹」の花が咲いてたいそう綺麗だと言う事で、期待して伺いました。伺ったのは、4月の下旬連休直前でしたが、牡丹が数株咲いているだけで、芍薬牡丹とも満開には程遠い状態でした。一寸残念! 5月の中頃が見ごろか?それらの株数は...

  • Kibougaoka Cultural Park
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    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Kuzushi 1178
    A public park straddling Ryuo Town in Gamo County and Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds extend one kilometer north to south and four kilometers east to west. The park is comprised of a sports zone complete with a baseball field, playground, and other sports and recreation facilities; an outdoor activity zone with a campground and lodges; and a culture zone with a multipurpose field and training facilities which include lodging.
  • Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archeological Museum
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    25 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Aduchichoushimotoira 6678
    A museum located in Shimotoira Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The museum contains exhibits on artifacts excavated from ancient burial mounds and historic sites such as the Dainaka-no-ko Konan Iseki ruins; fortresses and castles from the medieval to the modern period such as and the Kannonji Castle Ruins and the Azuchi Castle Ruins; and Oda Nobunaga, the mighty samurai lord who built Azuchi Castle. The museum also holds special exhibitions.

    百名城スタンプラリーのついでにこちらにも立ち寄りました。外観だけでも楽しめる場所ですが、歴史の勉強にもなったのでよかったです。

  • Kyukamura Ohmi-Hachiman Campground
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    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Okishimachou Miyagahama
    A campground located on the grounds of the Kyukamura Omi-Hachiman hotel in Miyagahama Okishima-cho, Omihachiman City. Situated in front of beautiful Lake Biwa, the campground has permanent deluxe tents with tarps and benches, raised wooden platforms for visitors to pitch their own tents on, and roofed day trip barbecue sites. The campground also has lodges with warm water showers. In addition, guests can make use of the large indoor hot spring bath in the hotel’s west building.
  • Omihachiman City Community Hall
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    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Demachi 366
    A community hall situated along Kanchogai Nakasuji in De-machi, Omihachiman City. The facility has a large hall able to accommodate over 1,000 people, a smaller hall with space for 300, an orchestral practice room and other practice facilities, conference rooms, and an exhibition space.
  • Omihachiman City Roof Tile Museum
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    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Tagachou 738-2
    This museum, located in Taga-cho, Omihachiman City, contains exhibits on Hachiman roof tiles, a local industry which developed with the building of Hachimanyama Castle in 1585 by Toyotomi Hidetsugu. Here visitors can view gold leaf and eave-end roof tiles excavated from the ruins of Hidetsugu’s residence, decorative ridge-end gargoyle roof tiles and tile figures from the Edo period, and gargoyle roof tiles from studios and workshops situated along the Hachiman-bori Canal.
  • Takatoriyama Fureai Park
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    Shiga Pref. Inukamiguntagachou Fujise 1090
    A campground located in Oaza Fujise, Taga Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The campground’s 86-hectare grounds enclose a caravan campground, tent sites, bungalows, nature activity lodging house with space for 60 guests, roofed barbecue areas, a forest activity center with large public baths, and other facilities. Here visitors can enjoy activities such as woodworking classes, ceramics classes, and hiking.
  • Koka Ninja Village
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    11 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Koukachouoki 394
    A theme park located in Oki Koka-cho, Koka City. Facilities include a museum with exhibits on Koka ninja, a ninja funhouse, a ninja dojo with nine training grounds, a shuriken dojo, a craft dojo where you can pain raku ware and do other crafts, and a Shinobi-jinja Shrine dedicated to ninja. There’s also a restaurant where you can enjoy “ninja barbecue,” a store selling ninja goods, and a costume rental shop.

    The 25- or 30-year-old buildings and equipment are showing their age, and in need of maintenance in some cases, but our family of 4 had great fun climbing walls, skimming across the muddy pond...

  • Tanikangama Gallery Tohozan
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    4 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichounagano 788
    A Shigaraki ware gallery located in Nagano Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The facility has a gallery which repurposes an old fuel oil kiln which is no longer used, as well as a gallery displaying pieces by young artists. The surrounding area is dotted with Shigaraki ware kilns and studios and is perfect for an exploratory walk.

    昔使われていた重油窯を再利用してギャラリーにしてあり、大変雰囲気の良い場所です。展示物も面白く、お気に入りの一品に出会える場所です。

  • Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichouchokushi 2188-7
    A public park located in Chokushi Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The park is dotted with outdoor art exhibits and also encloses such facilities as a ceramics art gallery, training hall where ceramics arts can stay, and a Shigaraki ware museum with a shop and café. The park also has ceramics arts hold workshops and demonstrational lectures as well as artist markets.

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Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.

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