Spots in Koka / Shigaraki Area

  • MIHO MUSEUM
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    4.5
    341 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichoutashiro Momotani 300
    This unique design of this art museum in Koka City, Shiga was created by famous architect, I. M. Pei who was also responsible for designing the glass pyramid at the Musee de Louvre. Built to evoke the image of Shangri-La, 80% of the building is underground allowing it to assimilate into the beautiful natural surroundings. Over 3,000 pieces of art are on display in four exhibition rooms which cover Egypt, Western-Asia, Southern-Asia, and the Western Regions of China and special themed exhibits are also held. * The museum is closed for the winter until March 20th, 2019.

    Excellent museum on a different level. Full of treasures. Must have cost them a fortune to build. And to fill it with all those treasures from around the world. SPECTACULAR

  • Koka Ninja House
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Kounanchouryuboushi 2331
    A sort of real ninja theme park filled with secret ninja tricks located in Ryuboshi Konan-cho, Koka City. The residence was built around 1700, during the Edo period, by the Mochizuki Koka ninja clan. Preparing for the unexpected, the house was filled with tricks and traps, including trick windows, rotating walls, and drop pits. Items used as part of daily ninja life are also on display here.

    Although it is a guided tour conducted in Japanese, we were able to follow the tour as the staff passed us a folder with English description and she helped us along the way. It is amazing to...

  • Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichouchokushi 2188-7
    A public park located in Chokushi Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The park is dotted with outdoor art exhibits and also encloses such facilities as a ceramics art gallery, training hall where ceramics arts can stay, and a Shigaraki ware museum with a shop and café. The park also has ceramics arts hold workshops and demonstrational lectures as well as artist markets.

    There are three main bulidings set in a large landscaped park. The weather on the day we visited was good and there were some families having picnics and playing on the (patchy) grass. One building...

  • Tanuki-mura
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    3.5
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Shigaraki Togeimura
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Roadside Station Aino-Tsuchiyama
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Tsuchiyamachoukitatsuchiyama 2900
    A roadside station situated along the Tokaido Highway in Kitatsuchiyama Tsuchiyama-cho, Koka City. The station sells local agricultural products and specialty products like Tsuchiyama tea, processed foods, popular sweets, local liquors, and matcha powdered green tea soft serve ice cream limited to just 100 customers a day. The station’s restaurant serves dishes such as udon, soba noodles and rice bowls made with ingredients like Tsuchiyama tea and local black rice. The station also offers visitors free cups of Tsuchiyama tea.

    今日は甲賀市をうろちょろしています。最近の状況により交通量が少ないように思います。ここで情報収集と思いきやコロナの影響で閉館していましたので掲示さているパネルを眺め、トイレの利用です。ゆっくりしていろんなものを見たかった。 国道の向こうには田村神社が見えます、ここに駐車して散歩もいいでしょう。

  • Koka Ninja Village
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Koukachouoki 394
    A theme park located in Oki Koka-cho, Koka City. Facilities include a museum with exhibits on Koka ninja, a ninja funhouse, a ninja dojo with nine training grounds, a shuriken dojo, a craft dojo where you can pain raku ware and do other crafts, and a Shinobi-jinja Shrine dedicated to ninja. There’s also a restaurant where you can enjoy “ninja barbecue,” a store selling ninja goods, and a costume rental shop.

    The 25- or 30-year-old buildings and equipment are showing their age, and in need of maintenance in some cases, but our family of 4 had great fun climbing walls, skimming across the muddy pond...

  • Chojyuji Temple
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Konanshi Higashitera 5-1-11
    A Buddhist temple located in Higashitera, Konan City. According to records, the temple was founded in the late Nara period on the order of Emperor Shomu. The temple’s principal object of worship is a figure of the Guardian Kshitigarbha of Childbirth, and worshipers are believed to be granted luck in having children, a safe childbirth, and long life. The hinoki bark thatched roof main temple, built in the Heian period, is a designated National Treasure. Together with the Zensuiji Temple and the Joraku-ji Temple, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Konan.”

    長期旅行の最後に、湖南三山で紅葉のトンネル参道で有名な長寿に行くことにしました。 11月30日だったのですが、紅葉はほぼ終わり、紅葉のトンネルには程遠く、山門付近がまだ見れる感じでした。竹燈籠の展示をして、なかなか綺麗で風流でした。

  • Jorakuji Temple
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Konanshi Nishitera 6-5-1
    A Buddhist temple located in Nishitera, Konan City. Together with the Zensuiji Temple and the Choju-ji, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Konan.” The main temple and three-tiered pagoda are designated National Treasures. During the “Konan Sanzan Koyo Meguri,” an event held from November through December, these three temples open up especially for visitors to enjoy the lovely seasonal fall foliage; the temples also open up especially for visitors with an advance reservation.

    湖南三山の常楽寺です。県道119号線から少し入ったところにあります。長寿寺から来ると標識が分かりにくいです。三重塔を目印にするとよいと思います。檀家がなく、住職一人で管理されているようで大変だろうと思いました。今、日本の寺院の多くは、檀家の減少で大変なようで、大変さは理解できます。それでも、境内はきれいに整備されていました。しかし、本堂は入れませんでした。境内は、紅葉がきれいで、三重塔は良かったで...

  • Aburahi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Koukachouaburahi 1042
    A Shinto shrine located at the foot of Mt. Aburahidake in Aburahi Koka-cho, Koka City. Just when the shrine was founded is not clear, but descriptions of the shrine can be found in documents dating all the way back to the Heian period. In ancient times, Mt. Aburahidake was viewed as a sacred mountain, and even today a rear shrine can be found at its peak. In medieval times, this shrine was considered the protective shrine of Koka and was frequented by the samurai of Koka. The shrine is also known as the patron shrine of oils.

    南鈴鹿の油日岳の麓に鎮座する古社です。「甲賀の総社」として信仰されていました。1495年(明応4年)に建てられた本殿は、近隣の多くの武士たちが力を合わせて寄進したものです。大きな境内に、楼門には廻廊が付き、拝殿・本殿共々重要文化財です。梵鐘は甲賀市指定有形文化財、境内のコウヤマキは甲賀市指定天然記念物です。

  • 12-Bou Spa & Auto Camp Yurara
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Konanshi Iwane 678 - 28 In the forest of the twelve babies
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Iwane, Konan City. The bathhouse has outdoor baths constantly replenished from a source spring “kakenagashi” style, dry saunas, and a “training” bath for disciplining mind and body and a “100 legends” bath which are open to men and women on alternating days. The bathhouse also operates an indoor hot spring pool from late April to mid-October. In addition, the bathhouse also has a restaurant, training room, seitai therapy and beauty treatment facilities, a caravan campground, and an activity studio where you can take a pottery or woodworking class.

    山の中にあり、行くには車が必要です。夏はバンガローに泊まれて、その前でバーベキューも楽しめます。オートキャンプをしてる人もいました。キャンプ前後には温泉にも入れて最高でした。

  • Koka Onsen Yapponpon no Yu
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Tsuchiyamachoukurokawa 1711
    A hot spring bathhouse adjoining the Diamond Shiga hotel in Kurokawa Tsuchiyama-cho, Koka City. In addition to sodium hydrocarbonate cold mineral spring outdoor baths and large indoor baths, facilities include saunas, family baths, bedrock bath, and scrubbing corners. The bathhouse also has a restaurant with private dining areas and a yakiniku Japanese-style grill-it-yourself barbecue restaurant complete with smokeless roasters.

    鈴鹿山脈の麓、ダイヤモンド滋賀ゴルフ場の一角にあります。基本料金は高めですが、割引クーポンも多く見受けられます。毎月26日付近は風呂の日で、約半額が入場でき、甲賀市民は市民パスなるものがあるようです。精算は帰館時で、クレジットカードにも対応しています。 脱衣場には髭反りやクシ、ウォーターサーバーがあり、洗い場のシャンプーなどには馬油シリーズが使われており、豪華に思えます。 露天風呂は広々してい...

  • Daichiji Temple
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Minakuchichounasaka 1168
    A Buddhist temple located in Nasaka Minakuchi-cho, Koka City. The temple is said to have been founded some 1,250 years ago during the Tempyo period when the great priest Gyoki, who was visiting the region, dug four ponds which still remain today in the shape of the Japanese character for heart and built the main temple in the center of them. The temple’s Hourai Garden, a dry landscape garden, is said to have been created by the celebrated artist Kobori Enshu.

    龍護山大池寺(りゅうごさんだいちじ)は、滋賀県甲賀市水口町名坂(しがけんこうかしみなくちちょうなさか)にある臨済宗妙心寺派の寺だ。 本尊は、釈迦如来(しゃかにょらい) 行基が作ったと伝わる池がある名坂大池寺自然公園がある。 2020年10月23日、この日は田村神社に参拝した。 そこから車で、大池寺にやってきた。 駐車場はとても広い。 駐車場から、かなりの距離を歩く。 この日は土砂降りで、少しつ...

  • Hotel Lake Villa
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Koka-shi Shigarakicho Tarao 1
    30 minutes from the Ouchi Interchange on the Meihan Expressway via Prefectural Route 138. This highland resort hotel's vast, water and greenery-encircled grounds are replete with golf courses and tennis courts. The hotel's onsite natural hot spring bathhouse, the Tarao no Yu, is also open to non-guests. The bathhouse consists of the Nishiyu bathing area with a hinoki cypress bath and salt sauna, and the Higashiyu bathing area with a jacuzzi and kamaburo steam bath; which area is the men's and which the women's alternates on a daily basis. The bathhouse also offers a wide variety of other baths, including an outdoor bath, Shigaraki ware tsuboyu round single person baths, and a lie-down bath. The waters of the bathhouse' mildly alkaline simple spring are said to promote health and aid recovery from fatigue.

    We were treated to an evening at this spa by our gracious hosts during our stay in Shigaraki. We had been quite cold and this was the perfect way to thaw out and soothe our aching traveling muscles...

  • Oogoya
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichouchokushi 2349
    A commercial complex focusing on Shigaraki ware galleries and shops situated along the Oumi-Green Road close to the entrance to Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Chokushi Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. Here you’ll find shops selling boutique items, Shigaraki ware, and other ceramics; galleries; and a ceramics class facility, as well as restaurants and a garden café offering brick oven-baked bread and sweets.

    レストランの犬専用出入口があり、ペットと近江牛が食べれます。少々高めのお値段ですが、とても美味しかったです。特選近江牛のすき焼き2,500円。彩りは悪いけど、味は抜群。小型犬で抱っこできるなら、信楽焼きの展示スペースにも入ることができるそうです。

  • Shigaraki Ogama
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Zensuiji Temple
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Konanshi Iwane 3518
    A Buddhist temple located in Iwane, Konan City. The temple was founded on the order of Empress Genmei some 1,300 years ago. The temple’s principal object of worship is a hidden figure of Bhaisajyaguru and worshippers are said to be granted such boons as recovery from illness, good health, and protection from misfortune. The main temple, built in 1366 during the Nanboku-cho period, is a designated National Treasure. Together with the Joraku-ji Temple and Choju-ji, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Konan.”

    大きな屋根の曲線が美しい本堂でした。中には薬師如来が本尊として安置されています。昭和29年に国宝に指定されたようです。

  • Rakuyaji Temple
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Koukachouichino 1377
    A Buddhist temple located in Ichino Koka-cho, Koka City. The temple’s principal object of worship is a seated, 11 headed figure of Kanzeon Bodhisattva; the largest such figure in Japan, it is said to have been carved by the great monk Saicho and is only unveiled to the general public once every 33 years. The shrine also came to be known for having been visited by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro to pray when he went to subdue the bandits in the Suzuka Mountains; the origins of the ritual sumo matches held on the grounds each year on October 18 date back to the sumo matches held by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro’s retainers.

    滋賀県甲賀市甲賀町にある天台宗の寺院で「らくやじ」と言います。 たまたま近所を車で走っていて「甲賀の大仏」と言う看板が見えたので寄りました。 無料の駐車場があり、そこから境内に向かうと、たくさんの観音様がたくさん並ぶ参道があり、ガラス張りの中に仁王様がいる仁王門も小ぶりですが素敵でした。 ここの一番の見どころは甲賀三大仏と言われる薬師如来坐像、日本最大の十一面観音坐像ですが、少し急いでいたので...

  • Tanikangama Gallery Tohozan
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    4.5
    6 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.

    散策路の上のほうにあります。みちなりに。 品物も現代で使いやすい、値段と大きさでお気に入りが見つかりました。

  • Minakuchi Kodomo no Mori Park
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Minakuchichoukitanaiki 10
    A public park situated along the Oumi-Green Road in Kitanaiki Minakuchi-cho, Koka City. Park facilities include an insect plaza an educational farm, and visitors can come in contact with the vast natural beauty of the area. There’s also a nature museum with fossil, plant, and animal exhibits where visitors can learn about the wildlife and natural history of Koka.

    甲賀の素晴らしい自然を生かした公園です。昆虫もたくさんおり、子供たちが自然に触れることのできる楽しい公園です。駐車場もあり便利でした。

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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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