Sightseeing Spot Spots in Shiga Area

  • Harie Syozu no Sato
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    4.5
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    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Shinasahichouharie 372
    A community located in Harie Shinasahi-Cho, Takashima City. The community makes use of “kabata,” interconnected water stations used for daily needs such as washing vegetables through which the abundant spring waters of the area are circulated via canals. The kabata themselves are located on the grounds of private homes and accordingly visitors may not tour them without permission; instead, a guided tour is required to see this unique and beautiful local cultural aspect.

    We are from Singapore, booking a tour from email ryannguyenhcm@gmail.com ( an local tourguide). We love this place with amazing culture, the fresh water so sweet and the fishs, tofu and sake so...

  • Shin-asahi Mizudori Kansatsu Center (Water Bird Watching Center)
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    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Shinasahichouaiba 1600-1
    A water bird watching facility situated along Prefectural Route 333 in Aiba Shinasahi-cho, Takashima City. The facility has an indoor observation room from which visitors can watch the water birds on Lake Biwa through binoculars. An adjoining café serves a buffet-style lunch. The facility also conducts water bird watching tours as well as outdoor activities such as tree climbing and canoeing.

    No one could control nature. Dont expect too much on seeing lots of birds. We didnt manage to see any interesting ones. No herons. No egrets. Nothing. Disappointing.

  • Kohoku Wild Birds Center
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    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kohokuchouimanishi
    This wild bird observation space is on the Imanishi Sazanami Higyway in Kohoku-cho, Nagahama City. It's in the heart of Kohoku Waterfowl Park, in that same town along the shores of Lake Biwa. In addition to being able to see native and migratory birds who pass through year-round through the telescopes, they also have displays of fish and amphibians living in Lake Biwa to see. It's also connected to the Lake Biwa Waterfowl and Wetland Center and Roadside Station Kohoku Mizudori Station facilities.

    琵琶湖の水鳥の事がよくわかります。一面のガラス張りの窓から琵琶湖が一望でき、素晴らしい。 中は狭いですが、係りの方が丁寧に教えてくれます。

  • Lake Biwa Flower Fountain
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Hamaotsu
    A fountain installed on the bank of a breakwater on the coast of Otsu Port in Hamaotsu, Otsu City. 440 meters in length, it is one of the largest fountains in the world and is capable of shooting jets of water up to 40 meters into the air. At night, the fountain is lit up, and visitors can enjoy the magical scene this creates.

    浜大津のクルーズ船乗り場にあります。 夜は噴水がライトアップされ、ロマンチックな雰囲気になりきれいです。

  • Lake Biwa Canal
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Miderachou
    A canal which connects Lake Biwa and Kyoto. The canal was planned by then governor of Kyoto Prefecture Kunimichi Kitagaki in the Meiji period in order to reinvigorate a Kyoto that had declined due to the ravages of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi and the relocation of the capital to Tokyo. The 20-kilometer-long Canal No. 1 was built first, followed by Canal No. 2 and canal sublines. The canal played a key role in the modern urban development of Kyoto and even today still supplies Kyoto neighborhoods with water.
  • Kaigake-dani Valley Hon-shakunage (Rhododendron) Colony
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    Shiga Pref. Gamougunhinochou Kaigake 1-17
    A colony of rhododendrons located in Kaigake Rhododendron Valley in Hino Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The slopes of the 300 to 400-meter-high valley are covered with some 3,720 square meters of rhododendrons. Hon-shakunage rhododendrons are normally an alpine plant which grow at elevations from 800 to 1,000 meters above sea level; accordingly this large of a colony at this low of an altitude is exceedingly rare and the rhododendrons have been designated a National Natural Monument. The blooming season for the flowers is from late April to early May.
  • Samegai Water-Crowfoot
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    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Samegai
    A colony of aquatic plants growing in the Jizo River in Samegai, Maibara City. There are only a few locations in Japan with the conditions needed by water-crowfoot to grow; the Jizo River, selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the 100 most famous rivers in Japan in the Heisei period, is one such, flowing with the clear waters of springs such as the Isame and boasting the perfect temperature for the plants. The plants bloom with tiny, plum tree-like blossoms from mid-May to late August.
  • Koto Sanzan Temples
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    Shiga Higashiomi Hyakusaijicho 323 (Hyakusaiji)
    This is the name for the three Tendai Sect temples situated on the western mountainside of the Suzuka mountain range in the Koto region of Shiga. From the Kotosanzan Smart Interchange off the Meishin Expressway, the Saimyouji Temple is just three minutes, the Kongorinji Temple, about one minute, and the Hyakusaiji Temple, about eight minutes from the same interchange. Each of them is known for their autumnal maple and oak foliage and they have been selected as one of the top 100 sites for autumn foliage. The best time to enjoy these sites is from early to late November. At Saimyouji Temple, there is the unusual opportunity of being able to enjoy the sight of a blooming sakura, the Saimyouji Fudan-zakura cherry that blooms in November, together with the autumnal foliage. The verdant new green foliage in the spring is also beautiful to see.
  • Streets of Hino
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    Shiga Gamo-gun Hino Cho Okubo
    This old town area of central Hino once flourished during the Edo period as a castle town, and later as a merchant town. Here, one can see the vestiges of bygone times along the district streets of Okamotocho, Shimizu, Shinmachi, and Okubocho with their extended wooden fences bordering merchant magnate estates. The houses have magnificent whitewashed earthen warehouses and sajikimado windows, built just for watching the Hino Festival from the comfort of their homes. These line of houses are distinctive in that they are lined up in a zig-zag pattern similar to saw-teeth. This is typical of the castle town street designs of the civil war Sengoku period.
  • Nagara Park
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    Shiga Otsu-shi Kozekicho 1
    A 10-minute walk from Kamisakaemachi Station on the Keihan Electric Railway, and a 10-minute drive from the Kyoto-higashi Interchange. This park is situated at the foot of Mt. Nagara and its grounds encompass the Mitsuhashi Setsuko Art Museum, the Bizoji Temple, and the Yanagidani Kannon Ryokokuji Temple. Since it opened in 1902 as the first public park in Shiga Prefecture, it has served as a space for rest and relaxation for countless numbers of people. There park has a monument inscribed with a poem by Taira no Tadanori describing the beauty of the cherry trees in the area, and just as this poem implies, the park is an extremely well-known and renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in the spring. The park is a place where people can enjoy beautiful, natural, seasonal scenery which is conveniently accessible from the urban center of the city.
  • Amano River Fireflies
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    Shiga Maibara-shi Nagaoka Surrounding area
    "A 10-minute walk from JR Omi-Nagaoka Station. ""Nagaoka's Genji fireflies and the area where they breed"" is the only firefly-related National Special Natural Monument in the country. A Firefly Festival is held here each year around early June, and during that time firefly-themed paper lanterns are placed along walking paths in the event area; visitors walking near the pure river will see a magical world created by the lights of countless Genji fireflies. The fireflies engage in three flying sessions a night and are most active from around 8 p.m. to 9 p.m."
  • Hachiman-yama Ropeway
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
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    Shiga Omihachiman-shi Miyauchicho 257

    This is well worth visiting, panoramic views of Omihachiman and Lake Biwa. It is about 860 yen per person round trip. We even got a local snack as a gift. If you are in bad shape (health wise) I...

  • Ayuya no Sato
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    3.0
    15 Reviews
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    Shiga Yasu-shi Yoshikawa 4187

    First time in this part of Japan, and was told about a famous fish from the adjacent Lake Biwa - the Biwa Trout. I love fish especially freshwater varieties, and we embarked on a search for this...

  • Miami Beach Caravan Parks
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    8 Reviews
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    Shiga Yasu-shi Yoshikawa 3326-1

    キャンプデビューにはもってこいのキャンプ場だと聞いて利用しました。 テント泊用に3タイプのエリアがあります。 今回利用したのはCエリアです。 基本的にすべてのキャンプサイトに電源と水道があるようですが、BtoCの水道は地面にありAサイトのみ流しと各サイトごとの個別のシャワールームが付いているようですがAサイトは他のC,Bサイトより料金が高く設定されています。 キャンプサイトは全てオートキャンプ場で...

  • Yomei Sono
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    Shiga Takashima-shi Adogawacho Aoyagi 1150-1

    滋賀県安曇川町の道の駅藤樹の里の東側にある中国式庭園。中国壁に囲まれた庭園には陽明門と藤樹門の二つの門から入ることが出来ます。池が配さた庭の中心には明代の建築様式の陽明亭が復元されています。水の都市浙江省にいる錯覚に落ちります。

  • Koma Saka Magaibutsu
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    2 Reviews
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    Shiga Ritto-shi Arahari Chisaki

    馬頭観音の駐車場から1時間ほどの山歩き 摩崖仏前の坂はきついです 昼食時間を含めて往復3時間ほどかかりました 登山道は整備されていて時間と体力にああせてコースを設定できます 平日は人も少なくハイキングには最適だと思います

  • Koto Sanzan Kan Aisho
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    Shiga Echi Aishocho Matsuoji 1395-1

    湖東三山の金剛輪寺をお参りしたあとで行きました。ちょうどお昼だったのでかなり混んでいました。山菜の入ったうどんをいただきました。スマートIC近くにあり便利です。

  • Katuragawakayabukinoie
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Katsuragawaboumurachou 232-1

    山奥のこの地方の懐かしき時代の生活道具や家屋をそのまま保存している施設。冬至の生活道具などが大切に保存され展示されているほか、この家屋自体が実際に使われていたものなので大変興味深いです。また写真にて当時の記録なども見ることができます。近くには明王院や遅咲きザクラもあるので4月ごろでも桜が見れます。

  • Biwakoohashimerodeirodo
    Travel / Tourism
    Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Moriyama
  • Biwako Nishi Nanbu no Tanada
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    Shiga Otsu-shi Ogi

Shiga Areas

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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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