Spots in Koto / Hikone Area

  • Hikone Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 1-1
    A castle built over a period of some 20 years by Ii Naokatsu, the son of Ii Naomasa, who was counted as one of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s four greatest generals. Many of the structures, including the castle tower; turrets; and the Genkyuen, a garden for the Shimoyashiki villa; look as they did when first constructed and are designated National Treasures. The large horse stable, with its walls built in the early modern period, is a particularly rare example of such a structure and is designated a national Important Cultural Property. The inner moat can be circled in a pleasure boat that belonged to the Ii clan; ride it and you will feel like a daimyo (feudal lord) yourself.
  • Taga Taisya Shrine
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    4.0
    149 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Inukamiguntagachou Taga 604
    A Shinto shrine located in Taga, Taga Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to the gods Izanagi-no-Okami and Izanami-no-Okami. Known locally as “O-Taga-san,” the shrine is believed to grant worshippers long life and luck in love. During the Kugatsu Korei-sai festival on September 9, a “Kochi Kochi” sumo competition is held which predicts whether the year’s harvests will be good or poor.

    Peaceful,quiet,clean air... You can refresh your mind. Also you can buy some local foods and staffs around this shrine. Many shop are there.

  • Hikone Castle Museum
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    4.0
    169 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 1-1
    A museum located in Konki-cho, Hikone City. The museum is located on the site of Hikone Castle’s front palace and operates out of a recreation of that now destroyed structure. The museum contains some 45,000 pieces of valuable works of art, handicrafts, and ancient documents handed down for generations in the Ii clan, who once ruled ancient Hikone domain; as well as over 91,000 items relating to Hikone.

    It is a museum of Hikone Castle. When you buy a combination ticket, you can visit the castle, garden and this museum. I strongly recommend you to buy it and visit this museum. There are interesting...

  • Genkyu-En
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    4.5
    174 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Konkichou 3
    This is a garden with a large central pond and a circular walking trail located northeast of Hikone Castle. It was said to have been built by Ii Naooki, the fourth feudal lord of Hikone domain. This is a famous garden built with every luxury imaginable from the Edo culture—it is designed after a palace garden from the Chinese Emperor Xuanzong of Tang. Buildings such as Rinchikaku, artificial hills of Houshoudai are built as if they project out into the large lake, and trees, shrubs and rocks are cleverly arranged to imitate “Omi Hakkei” (Eight Views of Omi). The illumination is also well worth seeing, which is held in November during the season for autumnal leaves.

    Lovely garden worth visiting. With less crowds than Hikone Castle, I could relax a lot viewing the beautiful garden. You can enjoy Matcha with a sweet named Umoregi. The lady who served told me...

  • Eigenji Temple
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Eigenjitakanochou 41
    A Buddhist temple located in Eigenji Takano-cho, Higashiomi City. The temple was founded by the monk Jakushitsu Genko after Sasaki Ujiyori, the military commission of Omi, donated the land in 1361 during the Nanboku-cho period. The temple’s principal object of worship, a “hidden Buddha” figure depicting the Kanzeon Bodhisattva, is displayed to the general public only once every 25 years or so. The temple’s grounds are also a renowned destination for fall foliage viewing.

    The background lectures, beautiful mountain side setting, and guided meditation experience were educational. Vegetarian lunch was delicious. Walk to temple from parking area is a spectacular stone...

  • Tarobogu Shrine (Aga-jinja Shrine)
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    4.5
    59 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.

    どうしても勝ちたい交渉事を抱えており、勝運にご利益のある寺社を探していて、こちらを見つけました。 これは!と思い、行かずにはいられない気持ちで早速参拝させていただきました。 天気のも恵まれ、石段は思ったより自分の体力の低下を思い知らされましたが、無事お参りさせていただくことができました。 こちらを見つけた時に、是非入手したいと思ったのが、「金襴勝守」1000円で、こちらも無事授けて貰うことができ...

  • Koto-sanzan Saimyoji Temple
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    4.5
    72 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Inukamigunkourachou Ikedera 26
    A Buddhist temple located in Ikedera, Kora Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. Founded in 834, the temple’s all hinoki cypress three tier pagoda and main temple, built in the Kamakura period, are designated National Treasures. The Horai Tei garden on the temple’s grounds has been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty and is also a renowned destination for fall foliage viewing. Together with the Tendai Buddhist KONGOURINJI-Temple and the Hyakusaiji Temple, also located in the Koto area, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Koto.”

    The garden was stunning with momiji at peak right near blooming sakura. This is one of the few places where you can see gorgeous sakura and momiji at the same time. We have seen winter blooming...

  • Roadside Station Okueigenji Keiryu no Sato
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    3.5
    18 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.

    2021年2月20日(土)に訪れました。八風街道の休憩地点として、トイレ休憩ににもよい位置です。周辺の景色もいいです。もともとは、学校だったことが分かります。売店では地元の名産品の木地製品、お茶などを販売しています。私は「やわらかバターもち」を購入しました。あっさりした甘みでおいしかったです。東近江市の観光案内用のパンフレットも、こちらで手に入れることができます。

  • 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...

  • Roadside Station Seseragi no Sato Kora
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Inukamigunkourachou Kanaya 1549-4
    A roadside station situated along the Oumi-Green Road in Kanaya, Kora Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The station has a farm-fresh shop selling local agricultural products and processed goods, an eating space, a takeout brick oven pizza place, a restaurant serving rice bowls and set meals, and a crepe shop.

    どちらかというと規模の小さな道の駅でした。物販の他ピザ屋さんと食堂、ドッグランがありましたが、滋賀県の特徴というか、らしさのようなものが感じられなかったのが残念です。

  • Ryotanji Temple
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Furusawachou 1104
    A Buddhist temple located in Furusawa-cho, Hikone City. The temple was founded in what is now Shizuoka Prefecture during the Nara period by the great priest Gyoki. The family temple of the Ii clan for generations, the temple was moved to Hikone when the general Ii Naomasa became the lord of Sawayama Castle. The temple is famous for its beautiful gardens. The temple holds a Daruma Festival each year on April 1 and 2; during the festival, 3,000 Daruma dolls are consecrated.

    I visited this temple in month of April so it appeared to be blessed with nature. Everything was go green and the cherry blossom in early April made it look surreal. Probably one kilometer away from...

  • Umoreginoya
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Osuechou 1-11
    A historic building located close to Hikone Castle in Osue-cho, Hikone City. Ii Naosuke, chief minister during the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, spent here for 15 years from his teens to his 30s, engaging in study and training in martial arts. Naosuke named the building “Umoreginoya,” which translates to “Buried Tree Hut,” and composed a poem about it, as well: “Even though/I live the cold life/of a hermit/like a tree buried in the earth/I am not yet buried.”

    It is a small house behind Gokoku Shrine. Since it is not on the principal way to the castle, many tourists may skip it. But it is the place where Ii Naosuke, who decided to end the isolation policy...

  • Gokurakuyu Hikone Branch
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Hikone-shi Nishinonamicho 175-1
    A nine-minute walk from Hikoneserikawa Station on the Ohmi Railway. This deluxe bathhouse has unusual and novel baths, such as a bath filled with water from an artificial high concentration carbonated spring recreating the natural carbonated springs which are only found in a few places in Japan; and an electric bath which uses low frequency electrical stimulation to ease fatigue, stiff shoulders, and lower back pain. The bathhouse also has two different outdoor baths and three varieties of saunas. In addition, the bathhouse provides a full array of options for resting and relaxing outside of bathing, including a restaurant open until 1 a.m., beauty treatment and chiropractic services, a comic book space filled with comic books that you can read as much as you like just by paying the small bathhouse entry fee, a lounge with some 30 reclining chairs, and a tatami mat space where customers can lie down.

    お正月でも空いていたのが嬉しかったです。ネットに出てきたクーポン700円で入ることができました。どちらかというと、温泉というよりスーパー銭湯でした。

  • Ishibaji Temple
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Gokashouishibajichou 823
    A Buddhist temple located in Gokashoishibaji-cho, Higashiomi City. The temple was built in 594 by Prince Shotoku. The temple’s name, which means “Stone Horse Temple,” is derived from a legend according to which Prince Shotoku was led up Mt. Kinugasa by a horse; the prince tied to horse to a pine tree and descended down the mountain, and when he returned, the horse had turned into stone and sunk to the bottom of a pond. Today, the main temple building enshrines a wooden signboard with the temple’s name said to have been inscribed by Prince Shotoku’s own hand, and the pine tree to which Prince Shotoku tied the horse.

    滋賀県は国宝、重要文化財数が日本3位です。ここ石馬寺にも、重要文化財である木造十一面観音像、木造二天王立像、木造二天王立像、木造大威徳明王像、木造阿弥陀如来坐像、木造役行者二鬼像があります。どれもすばらしい仏像です。お寺も参道もすばらしい雰囲気ですが、500円の拝観料で宝物殿、本堂を拝観しないとあまりにももったいないと思われます。宝物殿、本堂内部は残念ながら撮影禁止でした。参道の手前に無料の駐車ス...

  • Tenneiji Temple (500 Arhats)
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Satonechou 232
    A Buddhist temple located in Satone-cho, Hikone City. The temple was built by Ii Naonaka, then lord of Hikone Domain. The temple is famous for its 500 arhat figures carved by the renowned Komai Choun. It is said that those who stand in the arhat hall and gaze at the 500 figures arrayed side by side are sure to find one whose face seems to be looking into their very soul.

    駐車場完備です。入り口で入場料を支払います。 子供料金あります。 五百羅漢は圧巻。自分に似た者を探してしまいます。

  • Ishidoji Temple
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Ishidouchou 860
    A Buddhist temple located in Ishido-cho, Higashiomi City. According to legend, the temple was founded by Prince Shotoku. The three-tier stone pagoda located on the temple’s grounds is believed to have been created in the distant Nara period; the oldest three tier stone pagoda in the country, is has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. The temple holds a Stone Pagoda Festival each year in August.

    世界史の教科書でしか触れたことのないアショカ王を祀っています。久しぶりの参拝です。以前は入り口の取り付け道路がこんなに立派だったかしら、と思いつつ駐車、参道に向かうと石段前に無念にも鎖が、、、前に畑が広がる庫裏と思しき建屋をぐるっと眺めて帰ります。。

  • House of Gokasho Omi Merchant, residence of Tonomura Shigeru
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Gokashoukondouchou 631
    A historic building located in Gokasho Kondo-cho, Higashiomi City. This grandiose residence was the birth home of Shigeru Tonomura, a renowned author and the nephew of fourth generation Omi merchant Tonomura Uhei. The residence was built as a branch home for the Tonomura family. Today, the residence’ storehouse is used as the Tonomura Shigeru Bungakukan literature museum, which contains exhibits on the author.

    旧制三高から東京帝国大学に進み文学の道を志した外村繁氏の邸宅です。正直この時代の作家について詳しくないので、こういう作家がいたのかと勉強になりました。

  • Roadside Station Aito Marguerite Station
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    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.
  • Guest House Muga
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    5.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Hikone-shi Seribashi 1-4-43

    Common area is Japanese old house (100years) in Jokamachi(castel town) of Hikone and the beds locate in a newly build house with view of Japanese garden. Then I enjoyed Japanese old calm feelings...

  • House of Gokasho Omi Merchant, residence of Fujii Hikoshiro
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Higashioumishi Miyashouchou 681
    A historic building located in Miyasho-cho, Higashiomi City. The building was once the residence of Fujii Hikoshiro, a man who founded Fuji Ito-ten shop and built his fortune in a generation. The building is one of the Omi merchant residences located in the Gokasho Kondo district, which has been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The building is used as a museum which displays items such as the tools used in Fujii’s business.

    五箇荘金堂エリアの商家群から徒歩で10分位離れたところ、ポツーンと離れている感じです。外見も江戸時代の商家風というより明治以降の建物のようです。駐車場も有るので車でも行き易い

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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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