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  • YOKARO
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 7-8
    This is a restaurant in Nagahama City where you can taste the home-cooked specialty of “Yakisaba Somen” (fine white noodles with grilled mackerel) which is characteristic of Kohoku. This specialty of boiled fine white noodles and meaty grilled mackerel arouses an appetite for a somewhat strong seasoning. The set menu is also substantial; there are also “O-zen” (a four-legged tray for festive food) which can be enjoyed together with grilled mackerel sushi and “Toban-yaki” (a roast on a ceramic plate) of Omi beef. The store now makes use of a merchant’s house constructed approximately 200 years ago, having in some respects an aura which feels nostalgic. It is also known as a famous shop where queues can be seen.

    We decided to drive 30min from Hikone just to find out how good is the signature Mackerel and it was indeed very special. The Mackerel could be ordered as a whole or I think most visitors went for...

  • The Biwako Terrace – THE MAIN Terrace Café
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Kido 1547 - 1 Biwako Valley
    The Biwako Terrace is an observation terrace located within the Biwako Valley nature resort, around five minutes' drive from the Shiga Interchange of the Nishi Otsu Bypass (Kosei Road), from which visitors can enjoy superb views of Lake Biwa. The terrace is situated around 10 minutes' walk from the ropeway summit station, on the summit of the 1,174 meter-high Mt. Horai. The terrace features an open, spacious design that makes use of large arches; visitors can enjoy a spectacular panorama, with views of Lake Biwa, the Ibuki Mountains, and even as far as Hira Mountains. Beverages and snacks are available from Cafe 360. Premium seats are available (for an additional charge). The terrace is open between April and October each year.
  • Ohmi Beef Restaurant & Shop Okaki Honten
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Yamanoue 5294
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant standing along Prefectural Route 13 in Yamanoue, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The restaurant serves Omi beef sukiyaki, shabushabu, steaks, yakiniku, and Okaki’s signature “Shoshichi Nabe” hotpot. You’ll also find traditional kaiseki course cuisine style meals; Omi beef hitsumabushi, steak and Hamburg steak set meals, and a la carte dishes on the menu. Quality raw meats can be purchased over the counter at the adjoining butcher shop.

    近江牛の老舗レストラン岡喜の本店です。かなり遠い。コース料理としてはお造り、3種の小鉢、すき焼き、ミンチカツ、ご飯、味噌汁、茶碗蒸しとデザートなので最初は量的に少ないかと心配しましたが、お腹いっぱいになりました。ただすき焼きより石焼きの方が近江牛肉の味を堪能できる気がします。

  • Omi-Imazu Nishitomo Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Imaduchousumiyoshi 2-1-20
    An eel and river fish specialty store and restaurant located in 2 Chome Sumiyoshi Imazu-cho, Takashima City. The restaurant part of the facility serves hitsumabushi, eel rice bowls, unaju rice boxes, eel steamed seiromushi style, eel rice bowl and soba noodle sets, and kaiseki course cuisine and sashimi set meals made with river fish. The adjoining shop sells products like eel chazuke—plain-grilled eel stewed with Japanese pepper.
  • Izutsu Yatsuhashi Honpo (Oiwake Store)
    Shopping
    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.
  • Restaurant Matsukiya Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Karahashichou 14-17
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant situated along Prefectural Route 104 in Karahashi-cho, Otsu City. The restaurant has a steak counter on the first floor, large dining room with seating for 100 on the second floor, and six private dining rooms on the third floor. The restaurant serves dishes made with Omi beef such as steaks, sukiyaki, shabushabu, amiyaki barbecue, and “Omi Beef Steak Kappo” cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. For lunch, the restaurant serves an Omi beef “Gozen” meal, steak “oju” lacquered boxes, and more.

    Recently this restaurant was newly rebuilt to widen. You can taste not only taste of Japanese beef but the ambiance of Japanese restaurant. But please be careful. The size of steak is not enough for...

  • Bistro Kokkaran Horii
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Umebayashi 1-2-21
    A bistro which stands quietly in a back alley in Umebayashi, Otsu City. Here diners can enjoy French cuisine which harnesses the innate flavors of the ingredients while eating with chopsticks and sitting at a sunken kotatsu-style table. In addition to a la carte dishes, the menu also includes two course meals (advanced reservation required).

    大津駅そばアルプラザ方面に歩きお店まで徒歩3分程度。 お店は飲屋街の突き当たりにある隠れ家的な雰囲気です。 単品も当然ながら、コース料理がオススメです。この日は4000円のコースをオーダー。 前菜にはじまり、スープはビシソワーズかオニオンスープから一品。 魚は鯛、サーモン、ホタテのグラタンから一品を選択。 メインは牛、豚、羊、鳥の4種からそれぞれの調理法で選択。 羊のハーブステーキを選択。 柔らか...

  • Restaurant Sennaritei Omi Beef Cuisine
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    4.5
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Togachou 120-4
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant situated along Prefectural Route 528 in Toga-cho, Hikone City. The restaurant serves a variety of Omi beef dishes, including sukiyaki, shabushabu, steaks, gozen meals, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, and a la carte items such as roast beef. During lunchtime, the restaurant offers lacquered oju steak boxes and Hamburg steaks.

    午餐時段到訪的千成亭,供應不少近江牛的套餐,可選擇牛丼、燒肉丼或蒸牛肉丼。選擇的一千六百日圓大燒肉丼近江牛份量不少、燒肉入口已半融化、十分味美化算。

  • Omi Beef Sennaritei Kyara
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Honmachi 2-1-7 Dream Kyobashi Castle Road
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant located in 2 Chome Hon-machi, Hikone City. The restaurant serves dishes made with Omi beef raised at the establishment’s own farm, including sukiyaki, steaks, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, nigirizushi, and a la carte items, as well as “Steak Chazuke” and “Cha Shabu” made with konbu broth and green tea. For lunch, the restaurant offers lacquered steak oju boxes, Omi beef rice bowls, sukiyaki, and other gozen meals.
  • L'Hotel du Lac
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Nishiazaichououra 2064
    A French restaurant located inside L’Hotel du Lac situated along Prefectural Route 557 in Oura Nishiazai-cho, Nagahama City. The restaurant serves next generation French cuisine created based on the theme of fermentation and made with fond (broth) crafted from Shiga Prefecture ingredients and Lake Biwa fish. The restaurant also offers classical French cuisine produced by the sommelier Shinya Tasaki.

    This little gem of a French restaurant at LHotel du Lac by Lake Biwa is well worth seeking out. The hotel is within easy reach of Nagahama City and just over an hour from Kyoto. We stayed two...

  • Kanou Shoujuan Sunai no Sato
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Shopping
    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
    Shopping
    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
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    近江八幡の甘い物と云えば、丁稚羊羹が有名である。ここ和た与は丁稚羊羹発祥の店として知られていた。小生も自分用に一つ購入し、自宅で食べたが、ねっとりとした食感がういろうに近かった

  • Takeheirou
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Echigunaishouchou Echigawa 1608
    A long-standing Japanese restaurant located in Echigawa, Aisho Town, Echi County, Shiga Prefecture. The restaurant serves Omi beef shabushabu, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, nabe hotpot dishes, eel, and bento box lunches, as well as a signature ameni crucian carp boiled in syrup whose recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. The restaurant also offers seasonal dishes like daggertooth pike conger shabushabu in summer and fugu course meals in winter. The restaurant’s reception room and its Imperial chamber, built for the visit of Emperor Meiji, are designated Tangible Cultural Properties.

    食事に伺いました。明治天皇のお入りになったお部屋が当時のまま保存されてたり小さくも素敵なお庭であったりと200年以上の歴史を感じさせてくださいます。料理も◎

  • Mangoro
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    関西テレビ「よ-いドン!」の「となりの人間国宝さんのコーナーで元フィギュアスケートの織田信成さんが紹介させていて訪れてみたいと思っていた安土の和菓子屋さん『万吾樓』へ行ってきた。このお店の一番の有名な商品は「まけずの鍔」という織田信長の刀の鍔を模った最中。織田信成さんが来られたお店ですよね、とお店の人に話したら、親切に教えてくれました。でっちようかんを購入して帰って食べましたが、とても美味しかった...

  • Ikkyuan Saimyoji-mae Main Restaurant
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    3.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Inukamigunkourachou Ikedera 1-5
    A Japanese restaurant situated along the Oumi-Green Road in Ikedera, Kora Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The restaurant serves soba noodles, rice bowls, and traditional kaiseki course cuisine, Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and gozen meals leveraging seasonal ingredients and tofu made in an adjoining workshop. On weekdays, the restaurant offers set meals which include dishes such as soba noodles, tofu, karaage fried chicken, and assorted fried dishes. The restaurant also holds soba noodle making classes in its adjoining “Soba Dojo.”

    滋賀の古刹を巡る一泊二日旅の二日目、永源寺と湖東三山の百済寺、金剛輪寺を参拝後、昼食で利用しました。湖東三山最後の西明寺の門前にある食事処です。一階が土産物店と食事処で我々ツアー団体は二階の大広間に案内されました。大広間には長いテーブルが見渡す限り何列にも並び他の団体客もあって満席です。食事は和牛鍋と豆腐御膳でした。自家製豆腐は最初何もつけずに食べるとほんのりとした甘味がありました。他にきのこの白...

  • Ayu No Mise Kimura Kyobashi Shop
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Honmachi 2-1-5
    An ayu specialty restaurant located on the Yume-Kyobashi Castle Road in Hon-machi, Hikone City. Owned and operated by an aquaculture company which raises ayu, the restaurant serves gozen meals and a la carte dishes made with the company’s own ayu as well as fish from Lake Biwa. Irregularly on weekends, the restaurant also grills ayu in front of the restaurant with salt shioyaki style, which is available for purchase by passersby.

    店舗の奥にあるイートインスペースで鮎の雑炊セットを注文しました。数量限定の子持ち鮎の塩焼も付けてもらいましたが、塩焼も雑炊も美味しかったです。中庭を眺めながらゆっくり食事をすることができて、鮎を堪能できました。

  • Itojyu Kaho Main Store
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    有名なお店のようで観光案内所でもらったパンフレットにも載っていました。大きなお店ではありませんがお菓子の種類は豊富。どれも美味しそうで散々迷って日持ちする彦根路というお菓子を購入。栗蒸し羊羹が上品な甘さですごく美味しかったです。会社で配りましたが好評でした。

  • Tagaya
    Shopping
    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.
  • Momijiya
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 7-15
    A restaurant located in Motohama-Cho, Nagahama City specializing in noppei udon noodles, a local Nagahama specialty. Offering primarily noppei udon, homemade udon noodles and various foods flavored with a dashi stock, the restaurant also serves local meal sets, Lake Biwa trout rice bowls, broiled mackerel sushi and rice sets, and other local dishes made with lake fish.

    The only place we eat when we visit. Consistently tasty. Be there in two weeks cant wait. Never seen mushrooms so huge!

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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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