Spots in Kusatsu / Omihachiman Area

  • Lake Biwa Museum
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    4.5
    152 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1091
    Focusing on Lake Biwa, this museum explores the relationship between people and the lake. The museum’s aquarium exhibit, displaying the freshwater animals in general and particularly those found in Lake Biwa, is one of the largest in Japan. Some of the museum’s numerous points of note include an exhibit of endemic species such as the Lake Biwa catfish and a 10-meter-long tunnel aquarium which allows visitors to walk under the water and enjoy freshwater fish from around the world. There are also dioramas presenting the history of Lake Biwa and exhibits presenting items once used by people living in the areas. The museum restaurant’s black bass dishes are popular with visitors. Take the bus from JR Kusatsu Station and get off at Biwako Hakubutsukan-mae.

    This is a nice place to visit in Shiga. So nicely preserved and displayed the history of Lake Biwa. You can also see most of the species lives in the Lake Biwa in the aquarium part. Even the...

  • Himure Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    152 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Miyauchichou 257
    The Omi merchants had faith in this Shinto shrine from the days of old. According to tradition, the Emperor Seimu established it to worship Oshima Okami in 131 AD. The three Shinto gods now enshrined there are Hontawake-no-Mikoto, Okinagatarashihime-no-mikoto, and Himekami. The shrine holds two fire festivals: The Sagicho Festival in March, consisting of a competition where parishioners make portable shrines covered with talismans, and the Hachiman Festival in April where they burn an enormous 10-meter-tall torch.

    This shrine is beautiful and worth stopping by. Best of all no entrance and is well kept. Restroom is across the street from the shrine. Many Japanese people come here for short prayers. We took a...

  • Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo
    Shopping
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Kuzushi Sunayama 1178 - 694
    An outlet shopping mall situated along National Route 477 in Oaza Kuzushi Aza Sunayama, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The mall is home to a variety of domestic and international brand outlet shops carrying apparel, sports equipment, outdoor equipment, accessories, and more. The mall also has a food court and holds a variety of events.
  • "Azuchi Castle Museum “The House of Nobunaga"""
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Aduchichoukuwanomiji 800
    A museum located in Kuwanomiji Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City. Inside the museum is a life-sized recreation of the tower of Azuchi Castle originally built for Seville Expo ’92 in Spain. The structure includes recreations of the tower’s artistic touches, as well, such as a room partition painting of the powerful samurai lord Oda Nobunaga created by the renowned Japanese painter Kano Eitoku; and the tower exterior itself, which is decorated with 100 thousand sheets of gold leaf.

    安土城レプリカでも見ようかと思い訪れましたがなんと「臨時休館」です。これもコロナ禍の影響でしょうか?見る限りさほど大きな建屋ではないので、展示物も大したことないのかもしれませんが、、

  • Kyukamura Ohmi-Hachiman Campground
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Okishimachou Miyagahama
    A campground located on the grounds of the Kyukamura Omi-Hachiman hotel in Miyagahama Okishima-cho, Omihachiman City. Situated in front of beautiful Lake Biwa, the campground has permanent deluxe tents with tarps and benches, raised wooden platforms for visitors to pitch their own tents on, and roofed day trip barbecue sites. The campground also has lodges with warm water showers. In addition, guests can make use of the large indoor hot spring bath in the hotel’s west building.

    目で舌で味わえることはもちろん、殿様が食べた料理の再現という料理人の工夫や技術も楽しめる料理は、もう質も量も凄すぎます。美味しい地元の名酒をちびりちびりとやりながら、さまざまな工夫を凝らされた多彩な食材、料理を存分に楽しめます。休暇村でこんな豪勢な食事できるとは思いませんでした・・・休暇村さん、ありがとう。

  • Kusatsu City Aquatic Botanical Garden Mizunomori
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1091
    A public park located on the Karasuma Peninsula in Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu City. Designed around the theme of “contact between plants and people and water and people,” visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of flowers throughout the year. The park’s Lotus Hall is filled with lotuses, water lilies, and other aquatic plants; the hall also has a store and a restaurant serving dishes such as soft serve ice cream and udon noodles made with lotus.

    The official website provides a calendar of plants good to see in different months. I visited in March. There were not much to see except the greenhouse and the flowers near the entrance. The garden...

  • Tarobogu Shrine (Aga-jinja Shrine)
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    4.5
    54 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Owakichou 2247
    A Shinto shrine located in Owaki-cho, Higashiomi City. Dedicated to Masaka-Akatsu-Kachihaya-Hiame-no-Oshihomimi-no-mikoto, first son of Amaterasu-Omikami, according to legend “Tarobo” is derived from the name of a tengu goblin that protected the shrine. The shrine is said to grant worshippers victory and better fortunes, and, further, these boons are said to be granted quickly; accordingly, the shrine has attracted large numbers of worshippers since ancient times and has said to have been visited by such famous historic personages as the great monk Saicho and the samurai Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

    随分久しぶりの参拝です。参集殿の前まで車で上れるのですが、成願寺前の駐車場から石段を登ります。麓から登るよりは幾分楽ですがそこそこハードです。途中に登録有形文化財で総花崗岩造りの「中門」を経由できるのがベネフィットです。 派手な参集殿の脇から表参道の石段を進みます。拝殿、神楽殿などを経由し、こちらの象徴ともいうべき夫婦岩をくぐります。悪事を働く者は挟まれることになっていますが難なく通過し、日頃の...

  • Roadside Station Aito Marguerite Station
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Imotochou 184-1
    A roadside station situated along the Oumi-Green Road in Imoto-cho, Higashiomi City. Station facilities include a farm fresh shop selling local agricultural products, workshops which make and sell foods like confections and gelato, and a shop selling additive-free foods made with local ingredients. Activities such as flower arranging classes, pizza making, and cooking classes are held in the station’s Denen Seikatsukan building. There is also a buffet restaurant serving dishes made with local vegetables and shops selling local specialty products and knickknacks made with herbs.

    This station has many options. High quality shopping and an incredible fruit and vegetable market. There are also frequent festivals that are fun. My review may be influenced by the fact that I won...

  • AEON Mall Kusatsu
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shiga Kusatsu-shi Shinhama Cho 300
    A 15-minute bus ride from JR Seta Station, and 20 minutes from Minami-Kusatsu Station. This shopping mall is located right next to the Aeon Mall Kusatsu bus stop. The mall's 165,000 square meter grounds encompass a parking lot which can accommodate 4,300 vehicles; the mall building itself, which houses Aeon establishments, shops, restaurants, a food court, and a movie theater; and a directly connected sports and leisure building with a deluxe bathhouse and sports equipment store. The mall also hosts exhibitions and other events.

    Shiga prefecture does not have wide urban area, However if you go to this Mall, you can obtain any local goods and foods. Near this mall there is Onsen, called Suisyun. If you want to experience...

  • Kusatsu Inn Headquarters, National Historic Site
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Kusatsu 1-2-8
    A National Historic Site located in 1 Chome Kusatsu, Kusatsu City. This honjin, or inn for government officials, was located in Kusatsujuku, a post station town which prospered due to its location at the confluence of the major Tokaido and Nakasendo Highways. During its heyday, the inn lodged numerous famous samurai lords. The building contains exhibits on the history of Kusatsujuku, including an account book inscribed with the names of various famous historic figures. Traditional rakugo comedic storytelling performances are held each month in the adjoining Rakuzakan performance hall.

    ありのままに、素朴に、保存されてました。 手入れが、おおすぎるのが、残念でした。滞在時間は、30分位。資料は、豊富で古き、時代に想いを馳せます。

  • Eigenji Onsen Happuno-yu
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Eigenjitakanochou 352
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Eigenji Takano-cho, Higashiomi City. The bathhouse has an outdoor bath with a sweeping view of the beautiful Echi River, indoor baths, and a medicinal herb bath. Other facilities include a stone sauna, massage parlor, and Korean-style skin scrubbing area. After your bath, you can enjoy the rest area, karaoke rooms, a manga and book corner, and a drinks corner. The bathhouse’ adjoining restaurant serves à la carte dishes as well as traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with local Omi ingredients (reservation required).

    Many ways to experience the relaxing benefits of water and heat. There are indoor and outdoor pools and I tried the salt sauna. Autumn colors enhanced my visit. The numerous lounge chairs and quiet...

  • Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archeological Museum
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Aduchichoushimotoira 6678
    A museum located in Shimotoira Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The museum contains exhibits on artifacts excavated from ancient burial mounds and historic sites such as the Dainaka-no-ko Konan Iseki ruins; fortresses and castles from the medieval to the modern period such as and the Kannonji Castle Ruins and the Azuchi Castle Ruins; and Oda Nobunaga, the mighty samurai lord who built Azuchi Castle. The museum also holds special exhibitions.

    立派な建物の相当部分が収蔵庫のようで、特別展が開催されていない限り展示スペースは極めて小さい2室です。入館料500円也の価値は全くありません。

  • Roadside Station Agri Park Ryuo
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Yamanoue 6526
    A roadside station situated along National Route 477 in Yamanoue, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The station has a farm fresh shop selling local specialty and agricultural products, a restaurant, bread bakery, tourism farm, petting zoo, charcoal barbecue ground, and a museum where visitors can experience what life was like for local farmers here long ago. The station also holds rice planting and harvesting activities for visitors (in May and September, respectively).

    三井アウトレットパーク滋賀竜王へ行った足で、道の駅も行ってきました。 動物のふれあい広場があったり、目の前には池があったりして、のんびりできました。

  • William Merrell Vories Library
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Jionjichou Moto 11
    A memorial museum located in Moto Jionji-cho, Omihachiman City. The museum operates out of the former home of Merrell Vories Hitotsuyanagi, the founder of the Omi Brotherhood, Ltd. company and first honorary citizen of Omihachiman City. Hitotsuyanagi also contributed greatly to the development of the area through social work and facility construction, including building churches and founding what is now Vories Gakuen and Vories Memorial Hospital. The museum preserves and displays items which belonged to Hitotsuyanagi and contains exhibits on the man.

    建築家ヴォーリスの住んでいた家を記念館にしたもの。電話で予約をして、入ることが出来た。ヴォーリスを紹介するビデオを見て、建物の設計図などを見ることが出来る。キリスト教の宣教のために日本に来た、その精神に触れることが出来る。

  • Roadside Station Okueigenji Keiryu no Sato
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Tatehatachou 510
    A roadside station situated along the Happu Highway in Tatehata-cho, Higashiomi City. The station operates out of the former Mandokoro Junior High School building. The station sells local specialty products such as Mandokoro tea and Eigenji konnyaku devil's tongue jelly. There are also two restaurants serving dishes such as Omi beef rice bowls and “Eigenji Dam Curry” modeled after the Eigenji Dam. In addition, there’s a small museum corner with aquariums containing fish from the Echi River and Lake Biwa as well as exhibits on traditional local unpainted wooden crafts.

    三重県の石榑に抜ける手前にありますので、休憩に立ち寄ってみましたが、珍しい滋賀県の特産品の鮒ずし等も販売していました。

  • Kawara Museum
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    3.5
    44 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Omihachiman-shi Tagacho 738-2
    This museum, located in Taga-cho, Omihachiman City, contains exhibits on Hachiman roof tiles, a local industry which developed with the building of Hachimanyama Castle in 1585 by Toyotomi Hidetsugu. Here visitors can view gold leaf and eave-end roof tiles excavated from the ruins of Hidetsugu’s residence, decorative ridge-end gargoyle roof tiles and tile figures from the Edo period, and gargoyle roof tiles from studios and workshops situated along the Hachiman-bori Canal.

    Here, you can see a lot of roof tiles from around the world (and even touch one section put out). Sure beats having to stare afar. However, all the explanations are in Japanese and even most of the...

  • Roadside Station Agri no Sato Ritto
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Rittoushi Deba 961-1
    A roadside station situated along Prefectural Route 145 in Deba, Ritto City. The station sells Ritto vegetables, Agri rice, and other local agricultural products; foods; and side dishes like “Wariki no Maki-zushi” made with half-cut Yakushi greater burdock. There’s also adjoining tofu, bread, mochi, and gelato workshops. The station’s restaurant serves set meals made with tofu made in the station’s tofu workshop. The station is situated close to the Tokaido Shinkansen tracks, and diners in the station’s restaurant can enjoy their meal along with the sight of Shinkansen trains running by at 275 kilometers per hour.

    栗東市にある道の駅アグリの郷栗東。名神栗東インターから一度下りて行くことができます。メイン道路から外れているにも拘らず利用者は多く、平日でも通勤時間に既に混雑していることもあります。 地場産・他府県産問わず色々なものが販売されており、見ているだけでも楽しめる場所のひとつでもあります。 今日は時間調整の意味合いで立ち寄りましたが、数台の車しか停まっていませんでした。コロナ騒動の影響で店舗は本日ま...

  • Sagawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Mizuhochou Kitagawa 2891
    An art museum located in Kitagawa Mizuho-cho, Moriyama City. The museum’s collection consists of pieces by Japanese painter Ikuo Hirayama, sculptor Churyo Sato, and ceramic artist Kichizaemon Raku. The museum has three standing exhibit halls each supervised by one of the artists. The museum also holds special exhibitions of other artists’ works. In addition, the museum owns a Buddhist temple bell designated a National Treasure which was originally cast in 858 to serve as the bell for the Hodoin west bell tower at the Enryaku-ji Temple (note that this bell is not normally put on display).

    他の方の口コミで お蕎麦があること見ていながら メニューで 探すことが出来ず サンドイッチセットを頼みました。中庭の水面も 見えます 席も 広くとっていますので スタッフも気配りが凄くいいです

  • Roadside Station Ryuo Kagaminosato
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Kagami 1231-2
    A roadside station situated along National Route 8 in Kagami, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The station sells Omi rice grown in Ryuo Town and other local agricultural and specialty products as well as bento box lunches, side dishes, and fresh-baked breads. The station’s restaurant serves 100% Omi beef Hamburg steaks and other dishes made with Omi beef and rice, in addition to “Yoshitsune Genpuku Ryori,” a meal which recreates the kind of food samurai warriors would eat on special occasions in the Kamakura period (reservation required at least seven days in advance; minimum number of party members: 3).

    道の駅 竜王かがみの里の中にあるレストランです。出張時のランチで利用しました。近江牛が有名みたいでしたが、高かったのでカレーを頂きました。カレーは至って普通でしたが美味しかったです。

  • Mikami-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Mikami 838
    A Shinto shrine situated along National Route 8 in Mikami, Yasu City. The shrine is dedicated to Ame-no-Mikage-no-Kami, who is said to have descended to Mt. Mikami during the reign of Emperor Korei, the seventh emperor of Japan. The shrine’s main shrine building, estimated to have been built in the late Kamakura period, has been designated a National Treasure.

    三上山はその端正で特徴的な山容と山中の岩の造形により、古い時代から崇められる存在だったに違いなく、「『古事記』開化天皇の段に「近つ淡海の御上祝がもちいつく天之御影神」と記されている。」というぐらいの古くからの神社だそうだ。本堂は檜皮葺で国宝である。国道8号線を大津・栗東側から来ると、「御神神社前」交差点のローソンの対面の駐車場のほかに、御神神社の鳥居の前を西へ進んだところにも駐車場がある(神社のH...

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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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