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  • Shigaraki Togeimura
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    4.0
    26 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...

  • MIHO MUSEUM
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    4.5
    338 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.

    This is a museum designed by a famous architect I.M Pei who is known as an architect of a glass pyramid of Louvre Museum. A wide variety of exhibits was displayed, orient to occident and ancient to...

  • Tanuki-mura
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    3.5
    42 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...

  • Zensuiji Temple
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
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    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.”

    We enjoyed our visit here since it is a historic and beautiful temple (a National Treasure with several very fine ancient Buddha and other statues, but you have to go through with a guide and ours...

  • 12-Bou Spa & Auto Camp Yurara
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    4.0
    9 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.

    9月に入り、温水プールを検索していたところヒットしたので、早速寄ってみました。メインは温泉なので、プール自体はそれほど大きくなく、ジャグジーが併設されてること以外は特筆すべきことはあまりないですが、子供は楽しんでました。 朝一番はすいてましたが、昼前にはそれなりの入場者でした。 入場料の仕組み上、温泉が必ずセットになるので、プールからあがったあとは温泉へ。 露天風呂もあり、ゆっくりしてから帰れます...

  • Jorakuji Temple
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    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.

    雄大なスケールの本堂ですが、内陣もまたすごい。ちょっと傷みも目立ちますが、がらんとした空間に風神雷神も含めた二十八部衆立像などが賑やかに鎮座していて、圧巻。不思議な気持ちになりました。

  • Chojyuji Temple
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    4.5
    20 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.”

    水口のほうから来ると、とても分かりにくいです。長寿寺の横には、大きな駐車場があります。受付からの参道の紅葉は、目を見張るほど美しいです。本堂は入れませんでしたが、横に、仏像の安置所があり、素晴らしい仏像をまじかに見ることができました。長寿寺と並行して、白山神社がありますが、こちらの参道も良いと思います。左は常緑樹、右は広葉樹で、コントラストが良いです。

  • Koka Ninja Village
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    4.0
    12 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...

  • Aburahi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    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.

    古社「油日神社」は鈴鹿山脈の油日岳を神体山として、その信仰が始まったものと思われます。とりわけ中世には甲賀の総社として甲賀武士に崇敬された名残が五年に一度の油日祭りに執り行われる「奴ぶり」にもみられます。境内は南北に本殿・拝殿・楼門が並び、楼門の左右から境内を包むように廻廊が延び、ひときわ中世さながらの神社景観が体感できます。そのため最近は多くの映画やTVドラマ等ののロケ地としても取り上げられて有...

  • Rakuyaji Temple
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    4.5
    7 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.

    甲賀三大仏のひとつということで訪れました。10月に十一面観音のご開帳があるとのことで、今回は内覧しませんでした。秋が楽しみです。

  • Tanikangama Gallery Tohozan
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    4.5
    5 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.

    妻と車椅子押しながらの散策です、あと少しのところまで来たのですが、上り坂で砂利道に足が止まりながめていると(赤レンガの煙突)上のほうから小走りで、お家方が、向かい来てくださり、展示場まで案内と説明をしていただきました。妻と二人で心あたまる思いをいたしました・・・スカーレットの上り坂のを思いはせながらの素敵な所です。

  • Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
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    4.0
    58 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...

  • Daichiji Temple
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    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.

    甲賀三大仏の1つ。紅葉を期待して行ったが時期が今年は少しズレていたようだ。案内をした住職(?)の声の大きさは驚き。小堀遠州デザインの裏庭の庭園は少々スケールが小さく感じた。

  • Koka Onsen Yapponpon no Yu
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    4.0
    5 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.

    掛け流しではありませんので減点1としましたが、ヌルみとトロみが絶妙のバランスかと。これは効くぞ!と感じるような泉質ではありませんが、ゆったりと湯につかりリラックスするにはもってこいかと。駐車場も広く、館内も全体にゆとりが感じられます。自分へのお土産には加齢臭対策シャンプーがお勧めです。 名古屋方面から新しく開通した新名神を通って鈴鹿PAに立ち寄り、甲賀土山ICで降りて国道1号線を15分くらい走りま...

  • Roadside Station Aino-Tsuchiyama
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    地元ならではのメニューが多数! リーズナブルなメニューも多い。 唐揚げ、かやくごはん、抹茶ドーナツあたりが個人的に好き。 ソフトクリーム盛り放題も人気がある。 地元のお土産や、野菜もたくさん置いている。

  • Ruins of Minakuchi Castle (Minakuchi Castle Museum)
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Minakuchichouhonmaru
    The site of a ruined castle located in Honmaru Munakuchi-cho, Koka City. The castle was built to provide lodgings for the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu when traveling to the capital and was also known as “Blue Water Castle” due to its moat, which was filled by water from a spring; the castle was later abandoned in the Meiji period. Today, a museum housed inside a reconstruction of the castle’s turret stands on the site.

    3代将軍徳川家光が京都上洛に合わせて築城されたお城です。資料館はその出丸付近にあり、民家として使われていた本丸乾矢倉を現在の場所に移築(平成初期)して開館となりました。中には当時のお城のジオラマや武具が展示されています。但し撮影はジオラマのお城だけ、他は不可です。

  • Traditional Crafts Center of Shigaraki
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    3.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichounagano 1142
    A museum located in Nagano Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The museum was established in 1975 to commemorate the designation of Shigaraki ware as a Traditional Craft Product. The museum contains on Shigaraki ware and other areas of historical interest from the Kamakura period to the present day, and visitors can learn about the history of this traditional local craft. The museum also holds special exhibitions of Shigaraki ware pieces and on other themes.

    This is a nice place to take a break and offers pottery exhibits to look at. However no photographing is allowed which is a bummer since I like to share.

  • Sotoen
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichounagano 1423-13
    A Shigaraki ware studio located in Nagano Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The studio sells Shigaraki ware using 11 chambers, 30-meter-long climbing kiln, one of the largest in Japan, built along the slop of a mountain. The studio also holds ceramics classes and classes on making your very own ceramic tanuki raccoon figurine (reservation is required).

    信楽窯元散策路の「窯場坂」から少し外れたところにある窯元。広い駐車場がある。 こちらには江戸時代に築かれた登り窯があり、事務所に一声かければ見学可能。焼き物に興味がない人でも巨大な窯に圧倒されるであろう。この窯は現役で今でも信楽焼が作られており、その作品は売店で購入することができる。信楽で一番の見所と言っても過言ではない。

  • Koka Ninja House
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    4.0
    61 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...

  • Kurashiki Café & Cakes
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Minakuchichouminakuchi 624-1
    A café situated along National Route 307 in Minakuchi Minakuchi-cho, Koka City. The café serves coffee made with charcoal roasting Hagiwara Coffee beans from Kobe, cakes and cookies made by hand daily, and a one plate lunch special only served on weekdays and limited to 10 customers per day. On Saturdays and Sundays, the café also serves lunch dishes like doria pilafs and omelet rice. The interior, decorated entirely with English antique furniture, is part of the café’s charm.

    出張の際に手土産を探しておりましたが近くにあまり店がなく、たまたまランチで入ったお店に手作りクッキーやケーキがあり試食させていただき、クッキーや色々詰め合わせを選んだのですが、取引先に持っていったらとても喜ばれました。地元では有名なのでしょうか?

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