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  • 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.
  • Kusatsu City Aquatic Botanical Garden Mizunomori
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    4.0
    43 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...

  • Roadside Station Kusatsu
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    頃合いの時間帯はメイン駐車場が満車のことも多いです。店内はさほど広いわけではなく、道の駅ならではの野菜の品揃えがイマイチで大して安くもありません。そのくせ現金決済のみ、県内では「妹子の里」「琵琶湖大橋米プラザ」のほうがよいですね。

  • Roadside Station Aito Marguerite Station
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Roadside Station Okueigenji Keiryu no Sato
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    三重県から滋賀県東近江市に入ったところにある道の駅です。 どうも学校校舎跡を道の駅にしているようでした。駐車場の真ん中はヘリポートになっていました。

  • Lake Biwa Museum
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    4.5
    149 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...

  • Roadside Station Agri no Sato Ritto
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    道の駅の駅ではパンが売ってることが多いですが、中で作っているのは珍しいです。真っ黒のパンはインパクト大です。菓子パンなどは夕方訪れたからか数が少なく、値下がりしているもんもありました。

  • Roadside Station Agri Park Ryuo
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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).

    滋賀県竜王町、国道477号線沿いにある道の駅です。駐車場が広く、利用しやすいです。入り口前の道路が坂になっており、見通しが若干悪いのが注意点。 産直店があり、野菜などが販売されています。

  • Chomeiji Temple
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    5.0
    1 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.

    西国31番札所長命寺で本堂の左手の高みに鐘楼があります。鐘楼の更に左に太郎坊権現社があります。長命寺の総鎮守です。太郎坊とは大天狗の名で天文年間(1532-1555年)後奈良天皇の時代に長命寺にいた普門坊なる超人的力をもった僧が寺を守護するため大天狗に変じたと伝わります。拝殿前からの琵琶湖の眺望が見事です。本堂前から眺める琵琶湖は一部高い木立に遮られますがこの高みからは展望がひらけ実に見事な眺めで...

  • Roadside Station Ryuo Kagaminosato
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    3.5
    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。

  • Sagawa Art Museum
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    4.5
    156 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 museum itself is gorgeous inside and out. When you walk up towards the entrance to the building the sidewalk appears to be floating. The water surrounding the building is constantly moving and...

  • Himure Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    150 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...

  • Karasuma Memorial Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1091-58
    "Karasumaru Commemorative Park is located at the beginning of the Karasumaru Peninsula on Lake Biwa. It was built to commemorate the end of a development project. In addition to a 15-meter tall arch-shaped monument that reads ""Lake Biwa, and the Kinki Region that depends on it,"" there are 12 whimsical sculptures. Other facilities include a museum and a water garden, where visitors can enjoy learning all about Lake Biwa. Many visitors, including those with children, consider this an ideal spot for a leisurely walk."
  • Ayuya no Sato Ayugamotei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Yoshikawa 4187
    Ayugamotei is a restaurant located a 15-minute drive from the north exist of Yasu Station on the JR Biwako Line. Diners can look at Lake Biwa through the restaurant windows as they enjoy the flavors of the Omi region. In the winter, the focus is on duck stew and other stews, while in the summer, sweetfish features prominently in the menu. But the lake is not the only source for the restaurant's food. Country cuisine that incorporates the flavors of the meadows and the flavors of the mountains is of the highest quality. A popular option is the multi-course Lake Biwa Sweetfish Dinner that features sweetfish in several forms: roasted in a salt crush, raw, deep fried, and so on. The restaurant is large and can seat up to 280 people.
  • Hachiman-bori Canal
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Tagachou 743
    The Hachimanbori Boat Tour takes visitors on a tour of the Hachimanbori Canal, well known from samurai movies, in an old-style covered boat. The tour is enjoyable in any season: passengers can see cherry blossoms in the spring, willows in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and snowy scenery in the winter. The tour, which runs from Hakuun Bridge to Shinmachihama to the ruins of the brick factory and back, takes about 35 minutes. Whether visitors go in the crowded cherry blossom season or at less popular times, they say that they sense a different mood each time. Gliding down the canal, lined with white-walled storehouses, is a peaceful way to spend some time.

    そう長い距離を乗船しているわけでは有りませんが、水郷の町ならではの体験ですね。若干水が汚れているのは気に掛かりましたが、のんびりとした時間を過ごせます。

  • Iris Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Yoshikawa 3326-1
    This park is located along the Lakeshore Road in Yoshikawa, Yasu City inside of Lake Biwa Miami Land in Biwako Quasi-National Park. The park is known for its birdwatching and its iris flowers. There are number of adjacent facilities including the Maiamhama Auto Campground, tennis courts, and a ground golf course.
  • Kusatsu Crea Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Noji 6-15-11
    Just a 10-minute walk from the Minami-Kusatsu Station, this cultural hall just opened in 2015 after being moved from the Shiga Prefectural Residents’ Sozo Hall, to Kusatsu City. Created to provide a place for the Kusatsu citizens’ cultural arts to be promoted, the hall houses one of the few stages with special functions, and an exhibit hall The hall, seating 737, is used for performances of music concerts, ballet, theater, and traditional Japanese art forms. You can get support from professionals for acoustic and sound work. The facility also has exhibit rooms, practice rooms, and a brightly lit glassed in lounge. There are also concerts and events hosted for children and parents also.
  • Ritto Performing Arts Center Sakira
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    取引先のメーカーのフェアーに行きました。隣接する駐車場に停めて直接会館に入れますよ。とても綺麗な会館です。一階には、軽食が取れる喫茶店が入ってます。コンサートなどもされてます。施設は結構充実していると思います。駅からも近いので便利です。

  • W.Bolero
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shiga Pref. Moriyamashi Harimadachou 48-4
    This is a French confectionery specialty store. It sells cakes, chocolate and baked goods. It has a warm atmosphere reminiscent of south France and there are many handmade western-style confections lining the shelves of the store. There is also a cafe salon, and in fine weather, customers can enjoy their purchases immediately on the terrace seating.

    こちらは人気もありますし美味しいのは間違いないです。イメージは固め、濃い目です。お好みに合えばぜひご賞味ください。

  • 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.

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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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