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Shopping Spots in Shiga Area

  • Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Kuzushi Sunayama 1178 - 694
    An outlet shopping mall situated along National Route 477 in Oaza Kuzushi Aza Sunayama, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The mall is home to a variety of domestic and international brand outlet shops carrying apparel, sports equipment, outdoor equipment, accessories, and more. The mall also has a food court and holds a variety of events.
  • Tanikangama Gallery Tohozan
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.


  • Izutsu Yatsuhashi Honpo (Oiwake Store)
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Yokogi 1-3-3
    A shop specializing in yatsuhashi, a traditional Japanese sweet, situated along the Tokaido Highway in Yokogi, Otsu City. Here you can find all manner of standard and fresh yatsuhashi, including the shop’s signature “Yuko” fresh yatsuhashi filled with chunky bean jam. The yatsuhashi production line on the second floor is open to the public and visitors can tour the workshop with no advance reservation required.
  • Yonbancho Square
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Honmachi 1
    A shopping arcade located in 1 Chome Hon-machi, Hikone City. The Hikone City Shopping Street was once known as the “larder of Hikone” and bustled with customers but began falling into decline in recent years; supporters then renovated the arcade as part of a town planning project to revive the local area. Food shops, restaurants, boutiques, apparel stores, and galleries line the street, which now bears a more modern appearance while still paying homage to the area’s rich Taisho Roman history.
  • Ayuya no Sato
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Yoshikawa 4187
    A tourism facility situated along the Kogan Road in Yoshikawa, Yasu City. The facility has a shop called Ayuya Rakuichi which sells signature ayu rolls and other foods made with fish from Lake Biwa, local liquors, and Japanese sweets. There’s also an ice cream shop selling soft serve ice cream and several restaurants serving dishes made with Biwa trout, Omi beef, and Aigamo duck. Visitors can watch products being made in the facility’s workshop. Meanwhile, lakeside station sells local agricultural products, plus there’s an adjoining art gallery.
  • Ganso Sakamotoya
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Nagara 1-5-21
    A funazushi (old fashioned fermented crucian carp sushi) shop located in 1 Chome Nagara, Otsu City. This long-standing establishment first opened its doors in 1869. Funazushi is a fermented food which has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by the prefecture, and its history dates back over 1,000 years. The shop’s funazushi is made according to traditional methods using just wild nigorobuna round crucian carp from Lake Biwa and locally grown Omi rice. In addition to funazushi, the shop sells other goods such as fish from Lake Biwa cooked and preserved in soy sauce tsukudani style.
  • Hieiyuba Honpo Yubahachi Otsu Main Store
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Chuou 4-3-10
    A yuba tofu skin specialty shop located in 4 Chome Chuo, Otsu City. The shop makes and sells “Hiei Yuba,” which it officially provides to the Enryakuji Temple, said to be the first place in Japan where the creation and use of yuba was transmitted. The shop also sells other products like creamy “Hiei Toro Yuba” and dried yuba.
  • Otsu-e no Mise
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Miderachou 3-38
    An Otsu-e specialty shop located in Mitsuidera-cho, Otsu City. Otsu-e is folk art images which, since the early Edo period, were created around the Otani and Oiwake areas and sold by roadsides. They depict a variety of motifs, including demons, Buddhist themes, beautiful women, and caricatures. This shop sells Otsu-e brush paintings; woodblock prints; and accessories like tenugui hand towels and sensu folding fans. The shop also accepts orders for Otsu-e commissioned works.
  • Kanou Shoujuan Sunai no Sato
    36 Reviews
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Oishiryumon 4-2-1
    A facility built around the primary workshop of the Kanou Shoujuan Japanese confectionary maker in 4 Chome Oishiryumon, Otsu City. There’s a shop selling the renowned confections and seasonal sweets made in the workshop, a tearoom, a restaurant, a teahouse serving light meals, and a bakery café. There are also special, reservable set plans which include things like seasonal kaiseki course cuisine, nature walks, and Japanese confectionary making classes.

    This sweet spot will serve you Japanese delicious sweet, lunch restraint , bakery, scenic seasonal flower garden with great hospitality! Also English speaking staff is available. I tried making...

  • Ubaga Mochiya Main Store
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oji 2-13-19
    A Japanese confectionary shop situated along the Tokaido Highway in Oji, Kusatsu City. The shop sells “Ubaga Mochi,” a type of ankoro mochi (mochi rice cake wrapped in sweet bean jam). Made according to the same recipe for over 400 years, these tasty treats are said to have been eaten by the great shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and were depicted in the ukiyoe woodblock prints of renowned artists like Hiroshige and Hokusai. The shop also sells seasonal snacks and other Japanese confections like “Honjin Monaka” wafer cakes and “Aobanagashi” made with Aobana (a variety of Asiatic dayflower), the official flower of Kusatsu City.
  • Watayo
    1 Reviews
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Tamakichou 2-3
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop established in 1863 located in 2 Chome Tamaki-cho, Omihachiman City. The shop’s yokan jelly, made by steaming a bean jam wrapped in bamboo peels, was often bought as a souvenir by young apprentices after visiting home to give to their employers due to the reasonable price of these tasty sweets. Because the word for these apprentices is “decchi” in Japanese, the shop’s yokan jelly came to be called “decchi yokan,” and today decchi yokan is one of the Omi area’s most famous local confections. The shop still sells its “Decchi Yokan” made according to the same process as when it first opened its doors, as well as uiro-mochi sweet rice cakes and seasonal confections.


  • Mangoro
    3 Reviews
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Aduchichoujourakuji 420
    A Japanese confectionary shop situated in front of Azuchi Station in Jorakuji Azuchi--cho, Omihachiman City. The shop’s “Makezu no Tsuba” (“Undefeated Guard”), a monaka wafer cake sandwich filled with two types of sweet bean jam crafted in the shape of the iron guard on the mighty Oda Nobunaga’s favorite sword, is a popular lucky charm frequently purchased by students hoping to get into the school of their choice. Other sweets sold by the shop include “Azuchi Mondo” decchi yokan jelly and “Nobunaga-gun Pie” treats.


  • Itojyu Kaho Main Store
    7 Reviews
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Honmachi 1-3-37
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop established in 1809 located in 1 Chome Hon-machi, Hikone City. The shop sells sweets such as its signature “Umoregi,” inspired by the Umoreginoya where Ii Naosuke spent his youth, and other tasty treats inspired by Naosuke and Hikone made with homemade bean jam and wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar. The shop also sells seasonal Japanese sweets and Western Japanese fusion sweets like unbaked cheesecake made with Dainagon azuki beans.


  • Tagaya
    Shiga Pref. Inukamiguntagachou Taga 601 (front of Taga Taisha)
    A Japanese confectionary shop located in front of the Taga Taisha’s torii gate in Taga, Taga Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The shop sells itokiri mochi bars made with twice steamed rice flower, mochi rice pounded four times more than usual, and homemade bean jam. These bars make for popular souvenirs for visitors to the Taga Taisha shrine.
  • Oyadama Manju Sohonke Oyadama Main Store
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 22-33
    A Japanese confectionary shop located in Motohama-cho, Nagahama City. The shop’s “Oyadama Manju,” a type of sakamoto manju bun consisting of homemade jam made from select Hokkaido azuki beans wrapped in a dough made with a local sake, have been the shop’s claim to fame since its establishment in the late Edo period. “Oyadama” means “boss,” a name the shop’s manju acquired after people praised these tasty buns as the “boss of all manju.”
  • Kikusui Ame Honpo
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Yogochousakaguchi 576
    A Japanese ame candy specialty shop situated along the Hokkoku Highway in Sakaguchi Yogo-cho, Nagahama City. The shop’s “Kikusuiame” candies have been renowned among travelers of the Hokkoku Highway since the Edo period. This tasty candy is made using mizuame syrup created by the maltose reduction of grain starch and without the use of sugar or additives. Super sticky, “Kikusuiame” is eaten by gathering and rolling strands of the candy around a stick. The shop also sells “Kikusui no Tsubuame,” the shop’s famous “Kikusuiame” turned into hard candies.
  • JA Ohmifuji Farmer's Market Ouminchi
    15 Reviews
    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Sumotochou 2785
    A farmer’s market situated along National Route 477 in Sumoto-cho, Moriyama City. Here visitors can buy locally produced farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, and more. The adjoining restaurant serves dishes made with local ingredients all-you-can-eat buffet style. After enjoying a meal here, be sure to try some seasonal gelato as well.


  • Marutake Omi Nishikawa
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Suwaichou Naka 17
    An Omi beef specialty shop and restaurant located in Naka Suwai-cho, Omihachiman City. Everything from raising the cattle at the establishment’s own farm to the processing and sale of the meat is handled directly by the establishment. The establishment’s butcher shop sells Omi beef cuts and foods like Omi beef misozuke and side dishes. The adjoining restaurant serves sukiyaki, shabushabu, teppanyaki, steaks, beef stew, Hamburg steaks, and Omi beef bento box lunches.
  • Kanekichi Yamamoto Main Store
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Takakaichou 558
    A butcher shop situated along Bumeran-dori Avenue in Takakai-cho, Omihachiman City. The shop sells Omi beef for sukiyaki and shabushabu, chicken and pork cuts, and foods like misozuke and side dishes. The shop’s restaurant, Tiffany, serves sukiyaki, shabushabu, and steaks made with select cuts of Omi beef in addition to course meals and lunch dishes.
  • Samegai Mizu no Eki Miyuki
    2 Reviews
    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Samegai 688-10
    A tourism facility located in front of Samegai Station in Samegai, Maibara City. The facility has an all-you-can-eat buffet style restaurant serving dishes made with trout, a Samegai specialty product; and other local ingredients. There’s also a café corner serving coffee brewed with Samegai’s famously tasty water, and a fast food corner. The facility’s shop sells fresh, local agricultural products; processed foods made with trout; and famous local sweets. Additionally, there’s a gallery which exhibits works of art by local artists, and a multipurpose hall.


Shiga Main Areas


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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