Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Shiga Area

  • Lake Biwa Museum
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    4.5
    152 Reviews
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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.

    This is a nice place to visit in Shiga. So nicely preserved and displayed the history of Lake Biwa. You can also see most of the species lives in the Lake Biwa in the aquarium part. Even the...

  • Nagahama Castle Historical Museum
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    3.5
    191 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kouenchou 10-10
    A museum located on the site of the Nagahama Castle Ruins in Koen-cho, Nagahama City. The museum operates out of a restoration of the castle based on how it would have looked in the distant Azuchi-Momoyama period. The museum’s standing exhibition looks at the history of the northern Lake Biwa area and Nagahama; the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who built Nagahama Castle; and other themes relating to Nagahama. The museum also holds special exhibitions on the Nagahama area and historical figures like Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

    This small castle is a short walk from the Nagahama JR station and has a great view out over Lake Biwa. It was one of Hideyoshi Toyotomis first castles and the museum explains some of the history of...

  • Genkyu-En
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    4.5
    166 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.

    We opted for the quicker, slightly more expensive route, namely 9.32 shinkansen to Maibara. Change platforms, wait 5 mins, then local train back, 5 mins 1 stop, to Hikone. Took a taxi to Genkyuen...

  • Hikone Castle Museum
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    4.0
    164 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 1-1
    A museum located in Konki-cho, Hikone City. The museum is located on the site of Hikone Castle’s front palace and operates out of a recreation of that now destroyed structure. The museum contains some 45,000 pieces of valuable works of art, handicrafts, and ancient documents handed down for generations in the Ii clan, who once ruled ancient Hikone domain; as well as over 91,000 items relating to Hikone.

    The Hikone Castle Museum located halfway between the JR Hakone Station and the Castle. Worth to pay a visit there in order to know more information and view the artifacts about the area in the past...

  • "Azuchi Castle Museum “The House of Nobunaga"""
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Aduchichoukuwanomiji 800
    A museum located in Kuwanomiji Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City. Inside the museum is a life-sized recreation of the tower of Azuchi Castle originally built for Seville Expo ’92 in Spain. The structure includes recreations of the tower’s artistic touches, as well, such as a room partition painting of the powerful samurai lord Oda Nobunaga created by the renowned Japanese painter Kano Eitoku; and the tower exterior itself, which is decorated with 100 thousand sheets of gold leaf.

    安土城レプリカでも見ようかと思い訪れましたがなんと「臨時休館」です。これもコロナ禍の影響でしょうか?見る限りさほど大きな建屋ではないので、展示物も大したことないのかもしれませんが、、

  • Koka Ninja House
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Kounanchouryuboushi 2331
    A sort of real ninja theme park filled with secret ninja tricks located in Ryuboshi Konan-cho, Koka City. The residence was built around 1700, during the Edo period, by the Mochizuki Koka ninja clan. Preparing for the unexpected, the house was filled with tricks and traps, including trick windows, rotating walls, and drop pits. Items used as part of daily ninja life are also on display here.

    Although it is a guided tour conducted in Japanese, we were able to follow the tour as the staff passed us a folder with English description and she helped us along the way. It is amazing to...

  • Nagahama Railway Museum
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    4.0
    104 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kitafunachou 1-41
    A railroad museum located in Kitafuna-cho, Nagahama City. The museum consists of the former Nagahama Station building, constructed in 1882 and the oldest extant station building in Japan; the Nagahama Railway Culture Hall, and the Hokuriku Line Electrification Memorial Hall. Visitors can tour areas of the station building such as the old waiting area and stationmaster’s office as well as view relevant exhibits. In addition, the museum has train models, a D51 steam locomotive which visitors are allowed to sit in the driver’s seat, and an ED70 ac electric locomotive. The museum’s observation deck offers a super close view of the trains running on the Hokuriku Line track.

    The building sits nicely on its site. It is said to be the oldest existing railroad station building in the country. We were here for autumn foliage and the trees in front of the building were at...

  • Kusatsu City Aquatic Botanical Garden Mizunomori
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1091
    A public park located on the Karasuma Peninsula in Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu City. Designed around the theme of “contact between plants and people and water and people,” visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of flowers throughout the year. The park’s Lotus Hall is filled with lotuses, water lilies, and other aquatic plants; the hall also has a store and a restaurant serving dishes such as soft serve ice cream and udon noodles made with lotus.

    The official website provides a calendar of plants good to see in different months. I visited in March. There were not much to see except the greenhouse and the flowers near the entrance. The garden...

  • Kyukamura Ohmi-Hachiman Campground
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
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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.

    目で舌で味わえることはもちろん、殿様が食べた料理の再現という料理人の工夫や技術も楽しめる料理は、もう質も量も凄すぎます。美味しい地元の名酒をちびりちびりとやりながら、さまざまな工夫を凝らされた多彩な食材、料理を存分に楽しめます。休暇村でこんな豪勢な食事できるとは思いませんでした・・・休暇村さん、ありがとう。

  • MIHO MUSEUM
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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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.

    I watched 133 masks of Japanese No play. Each mask had its mystic and profound beauty and gave me a chance to look into my inner self. Exhausted! And I needed a cafe, and there came out a cafe at...

  • Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
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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.

    There are three main bulidings set in a large landscaped park. The weather on the day we visited was good and there were some families having picnics and playing on the (patchy) grass. One building...

  • Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archeological Museum
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    3.5
    33 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.

    立派な建物の相当部分が収蔵庫のようで、特別展が開催されていない限り展示スペースは極めて小さい2室です。入館料500円也の価値は全くありません。

  • Koka Ninja Village
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    4.0
    9 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...

  • Sagawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    5 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).

    他の方の口コミで お蕎麦があること見ていながら メニューで 探すことが出来ず サンドイッチセットを頼みました。中庭の水面も 見えます 席も 広くとっていますので スタッフも気配りが凄くいいです

  • Hikiyama Museum
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    3.5
    46 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...

  • Kawara Museum
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    3.5
    44 Reviews
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    Shiga Omihachiman-shi Tagacho 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.

    Here, you can see a lot of roof tiles from around the world (and even touch one section put out). Sure beats having to stare afar. However, all the explanations are in Japanese and even most of the...

  • Otsu City Museum of History
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Goryouchou 2-2
    A museum located in Goryo-cho, Otsu City. The museum’s collection spans 82,000 items relating to the history and culture of Shiga and Omi, eight of which have been designated Important Cultural Properties. The museum has a standing exhibit which includes a model showing what the ancient capital of Otsu no Miya once looked like, displays covering the eight picturesque sights of Omi, and a chronology of the history of Omi City; the museum also holds special exhibits on themes such as Buddhist culture.

    戦国時代の大津の歴史が興味深いです。今年の大河ドラマは明智光秀なので、好きな人は明智光秀の書状の展示などもあったので楽しめると思います。

  • Makino Pic-land
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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.
  • Shiga-kenritsu Omi Fuji Karyoku Park
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Mikami 519 Omi Fuji flower park
    A public park situated along Prefectural Route 325 in Mikami, Yasu City. The park has a playground; botanical garden; lodges and Japanese-style rooms for staying the night in; a barbecue ground; forest-themed museum; woodworking class facility; and the Satonoie, a restored former private home from the early Showa period.

    小さい子供連れなら遊具のある希望が丘側のあたりで一日中楽しめる。梅林があったかも、と三上山のすぐ麓側の植物園エリアを訪ねてみると、バラ園やハーブ園があるもののちょっと整備が行き届かず寂れた雰囲気であった。駐車場は30+50台と広い。お目当ての梅は枝ぶりの見事な数本があって、2月なのに梅はもう盛りを過ぎていた。麓から見上げる三上山は大きくどっしりとしていた。

  • Omi Merchant Museum Nakaji Yujin Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Gokashoutatsutachou 583 Ebisan no Sato Cultural Learning Center
    A museum located in Gokasho Tatsuta-cho, Higashiomi City. The museum makes use of videos, dioramas, and exhibits to introduce the history and culture of the Higashiomi area, said to be the birthplace of the famous Omi merchants; as well as the activities and ways of life of the Omi merchants. The Nakaji Yujin Museum on the second floor exhibits Japanese paintings donated by Yujin Nakaji, a Japanese painter connected to the area.

    近江鉄道ハス停[ぷらざ三方よし前]から徒歩で15分程度、 近江鉄道[五箇荘]駅からも徒歩25分程度あり 公共交通を利用して[五個荘金堂]を訪問された方には 少々 訪問しづらい位置にあります。建物は3階建で その内 3階が[近江商人博物館]となっており、内部は3つのエリア[常設展示室][特別展示室][近江商人体験コーナー]で構成されています(訪問したのが 9月20日だったので [常設展示室]と[近...

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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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