Spots in Konan / Kusatsu Area

  • Lake Biwa Museum
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    4.0
    153 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...

  • 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 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.

    琵琶湖博物館に来たのだったら、ほんの少し足を伸ばして「みずの森」にも立ち寄ってみることを激しくおススメします。 水生植物だけでなく、さまざまな植物が育てられていて、デートでぶらぶらするのが良いのではないかと… (自分は一人でしたが…)

  • Roadside Station Kusatsu
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1436
    A roadside station situated along the Kogan Road in Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu City. The station sells fresh, local agricultural and specialty products such as Kusatsu melons, farm-direct Omi beef, and Omi rice polished for free on-site. The station’s restaurant serves onigiri rice balls made with Omi rice, set meals, noodles, and desserts. There’s also the Rock Bay Garden farm activity facility, a spacious natural grass lawn, and event space where events such as sales of local specialty products are held.

    子供の喜びそうな遊具があったりと、家族連れには長居の出来そうな道の駅。建物が三棟に別れてて、野菜や名産品などの建屋とレストラン系が二棟。お惣菜系が豊富な印象かな。買い物客でとっても賑わっていました。

  • Sagawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    7 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).

    The restaurant / cafe is not too appealing... Food is o.k, prices are a bit high. Could have been much nicer. It feels too generic for a location like that...

  • Roadside Station Agri no Sato Ritto
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    4.0
    21 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.

    JAの道の駅だけあって、とにかく青果が豊富で安いです。自家製パンやジェラートのお店などがあって、青果以外にも色々揃ってる感じ。残念なのは今どき支払いはキャッシュオンリーなこと。せめてPayPayくらい導入してもいいのになぁ。

  • Tachiki-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Kusatsu 4-1-3
    A Shinto shrine situated along Prefectural Route 141 in Kusatsu, Kusatsu City. Founded in 767, the shrine is dedicated to Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto. After the shogun general Sakanoue no Tamuramaro prayed here for protection from misfortune during his subjugation of the northeast and gifted a figure of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra to the shrine, the shrine came to be seen as providing worshippers with protection from evil and traffic safety.

    地元の人たちがお宮参り、七五三などでお参りに来る神社です。特別混んでいるわけではないのでお参りがしやすく、お正月などは地元の人たちで賑わっています。

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • Rokuha Park
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oiwake 7-11-2
    A public park located in Oiwakeminami, Kusatsu City. Facilities include a sports plaza with street basketball courts, flower plaza, playground, day camp area, outdoor stage, and insects house where children can play with rhinoceros beetles. An indoor pool is open on park grounds from mid-May to late September, while an outdoor pool is open from late July to late September.

    場所は車がないと厳しいですが、公園は広くて遊具も充実しています。夏は市民プールがあり、冬は同じ場所に落ち葉を詰めたプールとなります。子供を遊ばせるのに最適です。

  • Kusatsu Inn Highroads Community Square
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Kusatsu 3-10-4
    A museum located in 3 Chome Minamikusatsu, Kusatsu City. The museum contains exhibits covering the history of Kusatsujuku, a post station town which prospered due to its location at the confluence of the major Tokaido and Nakasendo Highways. The museum’s collection includes ukiyoe woodblock prints, ancient documents, and commemorative Japan National Railway tickets from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.

    チケットを購入し見学しました。宿本陣から徒歩5分ぐらいで着きます。旅の用度品や街並みの模型があり参考になります。滞在時間は30分ぐらいでした

  • JA Ohmifuji Farmer's Market Ouminchi
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Sumotochou 2785
    A farmer’s market situated along National Route 477 in Sumoto-cho, Moriyama City. Here visitors can buy locally produced farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, and more. The adjoining restaurant serves dishes made with local ingredients all-you-can-eat buffet style. After enjoying a meal here, be sure to try some seasonal gelato as well.

    農産物直売所を併設する自然食レストランです。地場の野菜を使った料理をバイキング形式で楽しみました。値段も良心的価格で大人でも1300円くらいでした。

  • Ritto Performing Arts Center Sakira
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Rittoushi Heso 2-1-28
    This performing arts center in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture hosts a variety of performances, lectures, exhibitions, and other events. Some of its facilities include large, medium, and small concert halls as well as an exhibition room, a rehearsal room, and a music studio. In addition to hosting various special exhibits, the exhibition room serves as a place for the creative activities of local residents.

    JR栗東駅から歩いて5分ほどの場所にある会館です。ホールに入るまでの外のエントランスも開放的で広く、綺麗です。

  • Hotaru no Mori Shiryokan
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Moriyama-shi Miyakecho 10 Citizen Undokoen
    A two-minute walk from the Shiminhoru-mae bus stop, and a 15-minute drive from the Ritto Interchange. This museum is situated on the grounds of Moriyama Citizen Sports Park and introduces the history of Genji fireflies in Moriyama City. The museum also has an artificial breeding room where firefly larvae are raised in a large tank, and a river outside where visitors can take their time and watch fireflies. Genji fireflies can be seen in the area from mid-May to the middle of June. During firefly season, the museum is also open at night.

    ホタルについては、飛んでいるのは知っているし見たこともありますが、その生態などをきっちり勉強したことはありませんでした。ホタルを通して守山市の魅力も再発見できました。

  • ROCK BAY GARDEN
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Roadside Station Konze no Sato Ritto
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Rittoushi Arahari 1-11
    A roadside station situated along Prefectural Route 12 in Arahari, Ritto City. The station sells fresh, local agricultural products and foods like jams made with figs, a local specialty product; homemade umeboshi pickled plums; Konze Miso; and Ritto arare roasted mochi pieces. The station’s restaurant serves dishes such as the “Shishi-don” rice bowl made with wild boar meat, another local specialty. There’s also a free footbath at the station (closed in winter).
  • Omi Myoren Park
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Nakachou 39
    A public park located in Naka-cho, Moriyama City. The “Omi Myoren” lotuses which bloom on Myoren Pond in the park are a variety of lotus believed to have been brought back to Japan from China during the Heian period by Ennin, chief priest of the Enryakuji Temple. The flowers bloom in the thousands from July to August. These flowers, together with the pond itself, have been designated a Natural Monument by the prefecture. The Omi Myoren Lotus Park Museum is located nearby in the park.

    守山市の花、天然記念物、花托のない蓮と聞き興味をもちました。7月に出向いた際には守山駅からのバスの便が悪くて後の行程に支障が出るため、お盆まで咲いているという情報で車で出直しました。盛りを過ぎていたので見事な花をたくさん見ることはできませんでしたが、空いていて無料になっており涼しい資料館でゆっくりさせて頂きました。この花だけを見るために出向く価値はあると思います。

  • Moriyama Tennen Onsen Hotarunoyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Yoshimi 4-5-20
    A hot spring bathhouse located in 4 Chome Yoshimi, Moriyama City. The bathhouse has natural hot spring outdoor and indoor baths, a bath in which bathers can lie down, and a salt steam room. The bathhouse also offers a fully array of therapeutic services like temomi massages, seitai, foot sole massages, oil treatments, and skin scrubbing. Additional facilities include a restaurant and several types of lounges, including a tatami mat lounge and women’s only lounge.
  • Ritto Historical Folk Museum
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Rittoushi Ono 223-8
    A museum located in Ono, Ritto City. The museum contains some 40,000 items, including 22 designated Important Cultural Properties, relating to the folk customs, history, and arts and crafts of Ritto. The museum’s standing exhibit covers the history and customs of the area and the facility also holds related special exhibitions.

    ガイドさんの案内で訪ねました。農耕の道具を拝見することができるので、歴史好きにはたまらなかったです。

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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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