Spots in Kosai / Takashima Area

  • Shirahige-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    221 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Ukawa 215
    A Shinto shrine situated along the Nishi-Oumi Highway in Ukawa, Takashima City. Dedicated to Sarutahiko-no-mikoto, the shrine is said to grant worshippers long life. Because of the shrine’s large torii gate standing in the waters of Lake Biwa, the shrine is also known as the “Itsukushima of Omi.”

    It is an easy flat walk from Omi-Takashima Station to the shrine with lots to see along the way - Omizo Castle ruins, Otomegaike Pond, rice fields and the 48 buddhas. We took lunch and picnicked at...

  • Dawn Redwood Avenue
    Travel / Tourism
    Takashima-shi Shiga prefecture Makino Town Hikariguchi - Makino
    An avenue of beautiful trees following Prefectural Route 287 in Hiruguchi Makino-cho, Takashima City. Consisting of some 500 dawn redwoods growing along a 2.4 kilometer stretch of road in front of the Makino Pic-land fruits farm, the Avenue of Dawn Redwoods Festival is held here during the fall foliage season from late November to early December.
  • Makino Highland
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Makino Town Makino 931 Takanoshima City Shiga Prefecture
    These outdoor facilities are located in Makino, Makino Town, Takashima City. You'll find a campsite where you can barbeque or experience harvesting crops, sports facilities such as a gym, tennis courts, a ground golf course, and even hot springs facilities and a restaurant. This location can be used as a ski slope in winter, or as a snow camp field (reservations strictly required).

    I was there to see the Metasequoia trees turning to its blazing autumn colors but unfortunately I was too early. The Metasequoia leaves were still green in the first week of November. But I manage to...

  • Hakodateyama Ski Resort
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Imaduchouhiokimae 4201-4
    A ski resort located in Hiokimae Imazu-cho, Takashima City. The resort’s slopes boast sweeping views of beautiful Lake Biwa. Visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding here as well as SAJ-certified cross-country courses and snowshoeing tours. Additional facilities include the fun-filled “Kids’ World,” and multiple restaurants and lodges with 200 seats.

    As a preview , the slope at Hakodateyama Ski Resort is located in a wonderful location that gives an excellent scenic view of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The best part of...

  • Lake Biwa Children's Land
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Adogawachoukitafunaki 2981
    A huge facility for children located in Kitafunaki Adogawa-cho, Takashima City. Outdoor areas include a huge playground and obstacle course, various activity facilities, and a campground where visitors can enjoy day camping and barbecuing. The indoor Niji-no-ie hall has lodging rooms, a large public bath (open to lodgers only), a cafeteria, workshop rooms where crafting classes are held, and indoor play equipment.

    A great day out For FREE.. even if the weather turns bad there are tings to do inside. traditional park rides and some new style stuff. some rides / entertainment require a small fee about 300...

  • Roadside Station Makino Ossaka-Toge
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Prefecture Takashima-shi, Makino Town 897-27
    A roadside station situated along the Nishi-Oumi Road in Kaizu Makino-cho, Takashima City. The station sells naturally grown shiitake mushrooms, a Makino specialty product, and other local agricultural products; mackerel sushi; bento box lunches; and snacks and other processed foods. The station’s restaurant serves homemade, stone-milled soba noodles made with local buckwheat, as well as set meals. There’s also an adjoining bread bakery which uses locally grown rice flour.

    禁漁前に蟹を求めに向かいます。今回は敦賀ですから高速使うまでもないかと思い湖西道路経由愛発越えです。 愛発越えの滋賀県側手前に位置する道の駅で、途中休憩にちょうどよいのでちょくちょく利用します。まあ、トイレと自販機(お茶)くらいなもので、物販も食事もほぼ利用しませんが、、

  • Roadside Station Kutsuki-Shin-Honjin
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Kutsukichiba 777
    A roadside station situated along National Route 367 in Kutsukiichiba, Takashima City. The station sells local dishes like mackerel sushi and fermented narezushi and tochimochi chestnut rice cakes, as well as naturally grown shiitake mushrooms and other local agricultural and specialty products. The station is adjoined by an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant serving dishes made with fresh, local ingredients and a morning market is held at the station every Sunday.

    商品の補充はほとんどないので、寂しい売り場になっています。野菜類はまあ普通、さほど買い得感はありません。狙い目は栃餅や鯖素麺など地域の食品、あとは時季の山菜ですかね。鯖寿司は専門店で買った方がよいと思います。

  • Lake Biwa
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Prefecture
    This is Japan’s largest lake with a general surface area of approximately 670 square kilometers. Water from nearly 460 class A rivers flows into the lake, and of those, 118 rivers flow directly into Lake Biwa. The origin of the lake is estimated to be approximately four million years ago, and although the lake changed location and appeared and disappeared with the changing eras, the current Lake Biwa was shaped about 430,000 years ago. Together with Lake Baikal and the Caspian Sea, Lake Biwa is one of the world’s 20 oldest lakes, and every year approximately 50,000 waterfowl migrate to the lake, which is why its wetlands are registered under the Ramsar Convention.
  • Harie Shozu no Sato Committee
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Takashima-shi Shinasahicho Harie 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...

  • Makino Highland Onsen Sarasa
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    3.0
    8 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga prefecture Takashima-shi Makino Town Makino 931-3
    A hot spring bathing facility located in Makino Makino-cho, Takashima City. The facility has a hot spring bathhouse with an outdoor bath, large indoor baths, and a jacuzzi; and a bade zone with an outdoor mixed sex bathing suit-required jacuzzi, dry sauna, and walking zone. There’s also a massage room, rest corner, and restaurant.

    靴箱に入れてから 荷物(キャリーバッグ)をロッカーがあるので入れるよう言われたが 着替えなどがあるのでと断り 休憩座敷に行きました。昼過ぎのせいか空いていました。温泉はそんなに広くはなく 泡ぶろ、露天風呂もありましたが 期待するほど肌がすべすべすることは無かったです。大人700円、子供350円。 食堂で遅い昼食をとりましたが値段相応。 温泉の周りに きれいな小川があったり、ミニゴルフが出来たり設備...

  • Shin-asahi Mizudori Kansatsu Center (Water Bird Watching Center)
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Kaizu-Osaki Peninsula
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Prefecture Takashima-shi Makino Town Kaizu
    A scenic area situated along Prefectural Route 557 in Kaizu Makino-cho, Takashima City. A reef formed by erosion, the area is also known as one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa, traditional scenic views of the lake, its title being “Dawn Fog—Kaizu Osaki Peninsula Reef.” In addition, the area is a renowned destination for cherry blossoms in the spring; selected for inclusion in Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, some 600 Yoshino cherries 50 years or older grow in a four-kilometer-long row here.
  • Kutsuki Onsen Tenku (Green Park Omoide no Mori)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Kutsukikase 341-3
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Green Park Omoide no Mori, an outdoor facility in Kutsukikase, Takashima City. The bathhouse has an outdoor bath with a sweeping view of Kutsuki; a “tengu” bath with sauna; a bath zone with a wooden bath and stone bath only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; and a pool zone (swimsuit required) with heated swimming pool; outdoor bath, and sauna. The bathhouse’ adjoining café serves soft serve ice cream and light meals.
  • Roadside Station Toju no sato Adogawa
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Adogawachouaoyagi 1162-1
    A roadside station situated along the Takashima bypass in Aoyagi Adogawa-cho, Takashima City. The station sells fresh, local agricultural products; grilled mackerel sushi; river fish preserved by boiling them in soy sauce tsukudani style; processed foods such as Western-style sweets made with ado berries, a local specialty product; and handicrafts. The station is also adjoined by two restaurants. Adogawa Kitchen serves sweets, noodles, donburi rice bowls, and set meals like the “Takashima Hakko Teishoku” fermented food meal made with local vegetables and rice. The Daikichi Grill Bokujo serves meat dishes with a focus on Omi beef.
  • Green Park Omoide no Mori
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Hakodateyama Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Takashima-shi Imazucho Hiokimae 4201-4
  • Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Imaduchounakanuma 1-5-7
    A museum located in 1 Chome Nakanuma Imazu-cho, Takashima City. The museum contains exhibits on the “Biwako Shuko no Uta” (“The Lake Biwa Circumnavigation Song”), which was created in the Taisho period when students in the Aquatic Department at the Third Higher School (now Kyoto University) came to circumnavigate Lake Biwa and stayed in Imazu. The museum introduces the creators of the song and also has a corner where visitors can listen to various singers performing the song.

    近江今津駅から電車に乗るまでに時間があったので立ち寄りました。 特に興味はなかったのですが、外観も立派でしたので入ってみるかということに。 時代が少々古くて ノスタルジックを感じるということもなかったのですが、この歌が流行り当時は観光客も多かったのかな?などと歴史を感じることができました。 お土産もいろいろあったり、トイレもあるため、竹生島観光帰りには寄られるといいと思うスポットでした。

  • Makino Pic-land
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Kutsuki Snow Park
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    5.0
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Kutsukimiyamaebou 180-1 Center House Jabibi Life
    A ski resort situated along Prefectural Route 295 in Kutsukimiyamaebo, Takashima City. The resort has four slopes ranging from beginner to advanced, as well as a kids’ slope where sleds and other fun winter equipment can be used. The resort’s restaurant in the central house serves dishes such as Milk Pork rice bowls. You can also buy sweets made with fresh milk from Takara Farm.

    初心者 子供に無理のないゲレンデだし キッズゲレンデも独立してますから 安心です。帰りは天空という温泉施設があります。

  • Omi-Imazu Nishitomo Main Shop
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    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.

    I purchased a lunch box with grilled eel, and had a quick bite in a cold platform. As the eel melted on the tongue, I wished I had had enough time to sit back and enjoy eel in Nishimoto Restaurant.

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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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