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  • Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo
    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.
  • Sagawa Art Museum
    2 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).

    佐川美術館のカフェレストランSAM。 企画展を観に来て、帰りのバスに乗るまでの時間つぶしに入った。 その日は土曜で、私同様に田中一村展目当てで来た客が多く、入口の順番待ちリストに名前書いてから待合イスに座って待った。 このリスト、相席可否が書き込めるのがいいね。これって、ありそうでないシステムだ。一人の私は当然、「相席可」。 10分もしないうちに呼ばれて、8人掛けくらいの円形テーブルへ。 その卓...

  • Kibougaoka Cultural Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Kuzushi 1178
    A public park straddling Ryuo Town in Gamo County and Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds extend one kilometer north to south and four kilometers east to west. The park is comprised of a sports zone complete with a baseball field, playground, and other sports and recreation facilities; an outdoor activity zone with a campground and lodges; and a culture zone with a multipurpose field and training facilities which include lodging.
  • Lake Biwa Museum
    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.
  • Himure Hachimangu Shrine
    122 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.

    We took a quick look at Himurehacimangu while walking from the canal to the cable car ropeway, but no real reason to stop for more than five minutes.

  • Mt. Fujiwara
    Travel / Tourism
    Inabe, Mie Prefecture
    This mountain has an altitude of 1144 meters and is located in the northern part of the Suzuka Mountains. Located on the border of Mie Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture, the summit is relatively flat. Amur adonis and Eranthis pinnatifida grow in abundance here, and it was chosen as one of the 100 Best Flower Mountains in Japan and also one of the New Flower Mountains 100 thanks to this scenery. Many tourists visit this location because the flowers all bloom at once in the spring. In addition, there is an observatory on the southern side, and visitors can see as far as Nobi Plain and Ise Plain, and even as far as Ise Bay and the Kiso Three Riversin a spectacular panoramic view. It is a famously beautiful mountain that can be counted as one of Japan 300 Famous Mountains and one of the 100 Most Famous of the Kansai Region.
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Echigunaishouchou Matsuoji 874
    A Buddhist temple located Matsuoji, Aisho Town, Echi County, Shiga Prefecture. The temple was founded by the great priest Gyoki in 741. Together with the Tendai Buddhist Saimyoji Temple and the Hyakusaiji Temple, also located in the Koto area, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Koto.” The main hall, built during the Kamakura period to commemorate victory during the Mongol invasion, is designated a National Treasure. The garden of the Myojuin Temple located on the grounds is designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty.


  • Hino Dahlia Garden
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunhinochou Kaigake 2198-1
    A botanical garden located in Kaigake, Hino Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. More than 12,000 dahlia plants spanning 150 varieties are grown on the garden’s grounds, and they bloom from early summer through fall. In addition to dahlias, tree peonies, Chinese peonies, and clematis are grown in the garden and visitors can also enjoy strawberry picking in a greenhouse from late February to late May.

    5月の連休前、4月下旬連休前に伺いました。 「日野ダリア園」のダリアの花は、夏から秋にかけての花で、その時期のダリアはパンフレットにも載る位、大変綺麗だそうです。 春は「芍薬」「牡丹」の花が咲いてたいそう綺麗だと言う事で、期待して伺いました。伺ったのは、4月の下旬連休直前でしたが、牡丹が数株咲いているだけで、芍薬牡丹とも満開には程遠い状態でした。一寸残念! 5月の中頃が見ごろか?それらの株数は...

  • Ohmi Beef Restaurant & Shop Okaki Honten
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Yamanoue 5294
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant standing along Prefectural Route 13 in Yamanoue, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. The restaurant serves Omi beef sukiyaki, shabushabu, steaks, yakiniku, and Okaki’s signature “Shoshichi Nabe” hotpot. You’ll also find traditional kaiseki course cuisine style meals; Omi beef hitsumabushi, steak and Hamburg steak set meals, and a la carte dishes on the menu. Quality raw meats can be purchased over the counter at the adjoining butcher shop.


  • Gamounonoyu
    11 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Gamougunryuouchou Yamanoue 7104-1
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Yamanoue, Ryuo Town, Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture. In addition to natural hot spring outdoor baths and indoor baths, the bathhouse also has scrubbing and massage corners as well as a rest area and other facilities. The adjoining restaurant serves cold zaru soba noodles and other light meals as well as dishes made with Omi beef.


  • Roadside Station Ryuo Kagaminosato
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archeological Museum
    25 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.


  • Azuchijokaku Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Aduchichoukonaka 700
    A museum standing in front of Azuchi Station in Konaka Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The museum contains exhibits on Azuchi such as a 1/20th scale model of Azuchi Castle, folding screen-style clay murals depicting Azuchi Castle and the surrounding town as it looked during its ancient heyday. Visitors can also taste “Roman coffee” prepared in the same way as the coffee Roman missionaries presented to the mighty samurai lord Oda Nobunaga.
  • Kyukamura Ohmi-Hachiman Campground
    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.
  • Special Historic Site Azuchi Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Omihachiman-shi Shimofoura 6371
    The site of a ruined castle, located in Shimotoira Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The castle that once stood here was built over a three-year period starting in 1576 to serve as the home of the mighty samurai lord Oda Nobunaga. The castle was destroyed by fire after the Honnoji Temple Incident. Today, the castle’s stone base, moat, and mausoleum for Nobunaga built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi still stand and the grounds have been designated a National Special Historic Site.
  • Hachiman-bori Canal
    Travel / Tourism
    Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture
    A canal located in Miyauchi-cho, Omihachiman City. The canal was once used by Toyotomi Hidetsugu, nephew to the great samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi, to further the movement of goods inland from Lake Biwa and bring prosperity to the town surrounding his home of Hachimanyama Castle. From the 1950s to the 60s, the canal was used for domestic wastewater and became seriously polluted, but thanks to the cleaning and preservation efforts of local residents, the state of the canal is now much improved. Today, the canal is a sightseeing destination renowned for its atmospheric scenery and is frequently used to film period dramas.
  • Omihachiman City Community Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Demachi 366
    A community hall situated along Kanchogai Nakasuji in De-machi, Omihachiman City. The facility has a large hall able to accommodate over 1,000 people, a smaller hall with space for 300, an orchestral practice room and other practice facilities, conference rooms, and an exhibition space.
  • Omihachiman City Roof Tile Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Tagachou 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.
  • Mizuguki-yaki Togei no Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Nakanoshouchou 620
    A ceramics classroom facility located in Nakanosho-cho, Omihachiman City. The facility holds ceramics classes using electric and manual potter’s wheels as well as ceramics painting classes. The adjoining café and restaurant serves local Omihachiman cuisine and Omi beef shabushabu and sukiyaki; there’s also an outdoor terrace where diners can enjoy Japanese-style barbecue.
  • Chomeiji Temple
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi -chomeijichou 157
    A Buddhist temple located in Chomeiji-cho, Omihachiman City. Records state the temple was founded by Prince Shotoku. The temple’s principal object of worship is a 1,000 handed, 11 faced, three bodied figure of Kanzeon Bodhisattva; said to grant long life and health to worshippers, this figure has attracted believers since ancient times. Temple buildings such as the main temple are designated Important Cultural Properties and every structure is at least designated a Cultural Property by the city or prefecture. The temple is counted as the 31st temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.

    As part of my cycling tour around Ōmihachiman, I stopped at Chomeiji Temple and decided to climb up the stairs which is something you shouldn't do (at least when it's summer). However, climbing the...

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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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