Experience / Training / Vehicle Spots in Shiga Area

  • Sakamoto Cable Railway
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    4.0
    122 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Sakamotohonmachi 4244
    A cable car which travels between Cable Enryakuji Station and Cable Sakamoto Station in Sakamoto Honmachi, Otsu City. The cable line was constructed in 1927 and boasts the longest length of any cable car line in Japan, spanning 2,025 meters. A one-way trip takes 11 minutes. The Cable Sakamoto Station and Cable Enryakuji Station buildings have been preserved in the same state they appeared in when first built and are designated National Important Cultural Properties.

    Average. It is the longest cable car in Japan ( approx 2kms ). Limited views of mainly the forest. U use the cabke car to get to the Enryakuji buddist temples. This is where buddism originated in...

  • Tanuki-mura
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    3.5
    46 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichoumaki 1293-2
    A commercial complex dedicated to Shigaraki ware situated along Prefectural Route 16 in Maki Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The facility displays and sells tableware, flower vases, and other Shigaraki ware pieces and also offers ceramics classes. In addition, there’s a climbing kiln, restaurant, gift shop, and shop which sells Asamiya tea. The symbol of the facility, the “Largest Tanuki Statue in Japan,” is a popular photo spot.

    I elected to get off the train in Kumoi, as opposed to Shigaraki, two or three stations further. Not easy to get here if youre not driving. Long train journey, but a straightforward walk from Kumoi...

  • Lake Biwa Cruise Michigan
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Hamaotsu 5-1-1
    A pleasure cruise ship which operates out of Otsu Port in Hamaotsu, Otsu City. The cruise began operating in 1982. The ship is modeled after an American Mississippi riverboat; inside, touches like chandeliers and luxurious carpets engender an atmosphere that is out of the ordinary. The ship has two restaurants, a bar, VIP room, and sky deck offering sweeping views of Lake Biwa. The ship offers three types of cruises as well as seasonal event cruises. The ship can also be rented out and using for weddings and other special events.

    We happened upon this paddle boat cruise so decided to take it. Being from the US, the idea of cruising on a paddle boat named Michigan would be novel. The cruise took 80 minutes, cost 2780 yen...

  • Shigaraki Togeimura
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichounagano 1131
    A Shigaraki ware pottery studio located in Nagano Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The studio displays and sells tanuki raccoon dog figurines and other Shigaraki ware items. The studio also holds ceramics classes such as handmade pottery, pottery making using an electric potter’s wheel, ceramics painting, and tanuki figurine making (reservation required). The studio’s café, which operates out of a remodeled climbing kiln, serves sweets as well as an Omi beef barbecue course (reservation required).

    I travelled to Japan from the US recently with a group who had an interest in ceramics. We took a one day tour of Shigaraki with Seita from Yutours. I often prefer to travel independently, but in...

  • Omihachiman Suigo Meguri (Original Boat Tour)
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Kitanoshouchou 880
    A sightseeing boat service which operates from the Honenbashi Bridge Boat Dock in Kitanosho-cho, Omihachiman City. Tour-goers get in a hand-paddled boat and slowly travel the canals of Omihachiman. No reservations are required if you don’t mind sharing a boat with others, but you can also reserve your own private boat; private boat riders can choose to enjoy a “Suigo Bento” box lunch or Omi beef sukiyaki during their tour (advance reservation required).

    駅前の観光センターで60分の貸切を勧められたので予約すると、 小さい子供さんがいない場合は通常80分でとのこと。 80分だとちょっと広くなっている場所まで行くとのこと。 80分貸切でお弁当つきで予約しました。 ラコリーナ近江八幡(クラブハリエ)の店に近く歩いてすぐだった ことが選択のポイントでした。 乗船しての景色は、左右にどこまでも続くヨシの生える川辺です。 水路は狭くなったり広くなったりし...

  • Shizugatake Lift
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    Shiga Nagahama-shi Kinomotocho Oto
    "This scenic lift is located in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture. The single-seater lift takes around six minutes to travel from the Kinomoto side to the vicinity of the top of Mt. Shizugatake. From the top of the mountain, visitors can take in a sweeping view of Lake Biwa, Lake Yogo, Chikubu Island, and Mt. Ibuki. Patches of Japanese irises grow along the lift route, and from late April through mid-May, riders can enjoy a journey through the air while gazing at beautiful iris blossoms. Mt. Shizugatake is also a well-known ancient battle site, and relevant spots worth visiting on the mountain include replicas of the battle flags of the ""Seven Spears,"" seven generals who served under Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the Battle of Shizugatake who were later promoted to the status of daimyo lord for their meritorious service; and a statue depicting an exhausted, post-battle Hideyoshi."

    so I walked to top of this Shizugatake on foot. 余呉湖観光館にてリフトについて聞くともともと赤字だったので復旧の予定なし とのこと。 余呉湖側から山道を1.5km歩いて山頂到達しました。

  • Guest House Muga
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    5.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shiga Hikone-shi Seribashi 1-4-43

    Common area is Japanese old house (100years) in Jokamachi(castel town) of Hikone and the beds locate in a newly build house with view of Japanese garden. Then I enjoyed Japanese old calm feelings...

  • Shigaraki Ogama
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichounagano 947
    This experience workshop is located in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture. In addition to exhibiting and selling Shigaraki Ware made by artists in Shigaraki, there are hands-on workshops where visitors can make their own pottery. There is also a cafe where visitors can relax and enjoy tea and coffee in Shigaraki Ware cups.

    新宮神社の左側の道はろくろ坂と命名されておりその坂を登って暫く行くと大きな登り釜が眼に飛び込んで来ます。そこの敷地にカフェと信楽焼のギャラリーが有ります。ギャラリーにはこの季節ならではの信楽焼のお雛様が数種類展示されていました。ギャラリーは1階と2階に有りますが、2階はカップ等実用的な陶器が展示されていました。カフェはこの時期、コーヒー、紅茶の飲み物のみでした が、ケーキが用意されているときもある...

  • Hachiman-bori Canal
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Tagachou 743
    The Hachimanbori Boat Tour takes visitors on a tour of the Hachimanbori Canal, well known from samurai movies, in an old-style covered boat. The tour is enjoyable in any season: passengers can see cherry blossoms in the spring, willows in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and snowy scenery in the winter. The tour, which runs from Hakuun Bridge to Shinmachihama to the ruins of the brick factory and back, takes about 35 minutes. Whether visitors go in the crowded cherry blossom season or at less popular times, they say that they sense a different mood each time. Gliding down the canal, lined with white-walled storehouses, is a peaceful way to spend some time.

    そう長い距離を乗船しているわけでは有りませんが、水郷の町ならではの体験ですね。若干水が汚れているのは気に掛かりましたが、のんびりとした時間を過ごせます。

  • ROCK BAY GARDEN
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1431
    A farm activity facility adjoining Roadside Station Kusatsu along the Kogan Road in Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu City. The farm grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, and visitors can enjoy activities like strawberry picking in spring, sweet potato digging in fall, and feeding animals. The facility has an adjoining shop and a restaurant which serves dishes made with Omi beef and the farm’s own vegetables.

    いちごの収穫体験ができ子供も喜んでいました。100gで350円の量り売りで、新鮮いちごが食べられて楽しい時間を過ごせました。

  • Milk Farm Ibuki
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Ibuki 80
    A dairy shop adjoining Roadside Station Ibuki no Sato in Ibuki, Maibara City. The shop sells Ibuki Milk, fresh, natural milk fresh from cows raised at the foot of Mt. Ibuki; as well as yogurt, handmade ice cream, pudding, and other items. Visitors can also tour the workshop with an advance reservation.

    伊吹山ドライブウェイの帰り道によりました。 カップかコーンを選べます バニラアイスは濃厚でふんわりしていて、なめらかで美味しかったです。

  • Seta River and Lake Biwa River Cruises
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
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    Shiga Otsu-shi Ishiyamadera Minato
    "This cruise service has embarkation areas at Setagawa New Port a 10-minute walk from JR Ishiyama Station, and Ishiyamadera Port a 15-minute walk from Ishiyamadera Station on the Keihan Electric Railway. The service also operates a one-way line which leaves from Prince Hotel Port. Customers can enjoy a sightseeing cruise course onboard the paddlewheel steamship ""Ichiban-maru"" and view spectacular scenery, including two of the Eight Views of Omi - ""Evening glow at Seta"" and ""Autumn moon at Ishiyama."" The ship's guide also provides interesting information about the area. In addition, the service also offers charter plans."

    I spent a relaxing 90 minutes on the Michigan paddle wheel boat enjoying a buffet lunch with a wide variety of selections. Lake Biwa is Japans largest lake a quite scenic. The Michigan offers four...

  • 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.
  • Kafuka Strawberry Farm
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Minakuchichouminakuchi 5940-4
    A strawberry farm situated along Prefectural Route 535 in Minakuchi Minakuchi-cho, Koka City. One of the largest strawberry farms in the prefecture, the farm grows some 35,000 strawberry plants. From January to late May, the farm offers a 45 minute all-you-can-eat strawberry picking course which includes free chocolate sauce and sweet condensed milk. The adjoining farm fresh shop sells agricultural products, local specialty products, and gelato.

    Great place to eat strawberries Clean organized place Farm with easy access parking from Minakuchiishibashi Station, Kōka, Shiga

  • Green Park Omoide no Mori
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Kutsukikase 341-3
    An outdoor activity facility located in Kutsukikase, Takashima City. The facility has a caravan campground, bungalows, and a mountain village lodging house with hotel-style rooms and Japanese rooms which can accommodate large groups. There are also a variety of sports facilities, a playground, restaurants, and a barbecue garden. In addition, Kutsuki Onsen Tenku has hot spring baths and an indoor heated pool for visitors to enjoy.

    5月5日6日と2連泊で行ってきました、5歳女児9歳男児42歳パパ38歳ママ72歳じぃじ68歳じぃじ65歳ばぁばと総勢7人で10人棟を借りて1日目は樫田のイズミヤで和牛を買い込みBBQ、2日目は小浜まで出かけてさざえ、ほたて、岩ガキ、ボタン海老を買い込み海鮮BBQ毎年GWの恒例行事となりました-来年も予約が取れると嬉しいんだけど。

  • Village Dest Imazu
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    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Imaduchoufukashimizu 2405-1
    An outdoor facility located in Fukashimizu Imazu-cho, Takashima City. The facility has caravan camping sites; rentable family cottages; a hall with large 80 square meter reception area and training and guest rooms able to accommodate large groups. There are also rooms with a sweeping view of Lake Biwa. Further accoutrements include a restaurant, barbecue facility, and facilities for various sports and activities.
  • Mizu no Megumi-kan Aqua Biwa
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Kurodu 4-2-2
    An interactive learning facility situated along the Sekisho-no-michi in Kurozu, Otsu City. The facility’s exhibits focus on Lake Biwa and the Yodo River, looking at their history, connection to the lives of people through river management and irrigation, and the environment in which the many animals found here live. Here visitors can enjoy hands-on learning through models, videos, quizzes, and an artificial rain room which recreates the 600 millimeters per hour of rainfall recorded as the largest in the world.

    大津市南郷に近くにある「水のめぐみ館アクア琵琶」は、国土交通省琵琶湖河川事務所が運営する琵琶湖の治水や利水、水環境などについて学べる施設です。 建物は本館と雨たいけん室で構成され本館では琵琶湖の水位管理や水害の歴史、先端技術である瀬田川流域の砂防の歴史など、雨たいけん室では人工的につくり出された世界最大級の雨を体験することができます。 入館料は楽しむことができます。残念ですが、新型コロナウイルス感...

  • Aikyo-no-Mori
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Wanamichou 1563
    A campground and training center located in Wanami-cho, Higashiomi City. The facility has a training room with fireplace and cooking facilities, bungalows, campground, barbecue ground, and plaza with playground. Classes such as making crafts, brick oven pizzas, ice cream, and butter are held in the facility’s activity hut.

    永源寺ダムを超えてしばらく池田牧場の看板がある所を山手に上がって行くとあるキャンプ場です。木立の中のキャンプ場でバーベキュー広場やバンガロー、遊具も揃っています。少し奥に車で走ると道の駅があるのでそちらで地元食材も買えますし、清流が癒されます。

  • Grimm Adventure Forest
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunhinochou Kumano 431
    A campground located in Kumano, Hino Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The campground has a variety of sites, including a caravan campground and campground where pets are allowed. There are also six cottages able to accommodate groups of six to 12 people. Facilities include a barbecue site, showers, store, and cafe, as well as a woodworking classroom, a large playground, and a dog park. In addition, there’s a nagashi-somen noodle slide facility and steel barrel baths.
  • Koka Strawberry House
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Koukachoutakano 2209
    A strawberry farm located in Takano Koka-cho, Koka City. The farm grows the popular Akihime strawberry variety inside greenhouses. From January to the late May, the farm offers a 30 minute all-you-can-eat strawberry picking course.

    時期的にどの農園も予約でいっぱいの中、何とか予約を取ることが出来ました。 人が少なく、貸しきりの様な時間帯もあり、ゆっくり食べることが出来ました。 1歳の娘も始めてのイチゴ狩りに大興奮していました♪

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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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