Spots in Hikone / Nagahama Area

  • Hikone Castle
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    4.0
    1076 Reviews
    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.

    The castle and museum is about 15-20 mins walk from Hikone station. It is surrounded by a moat and there is a palace museum. There is entrance fees. Also a park surrounding it.

  • Kurokabe Square
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    4.0
    338 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 12-38
    Long known by the nickname “the Kurokabe Bank (Black Wall Bank),” this remodeled former bank building houses the Kurokabe Glass Shop as well as a gallery and restaurant, and has come to be known as the largest space exhibiting glass crafts in western Japan. In addition to glass and porcelain, visitors can also enjoy trying their hand at making a diorama in the popular Kaiyodo Figure Museum.

    Went there mainly to visit Kaiyodo Museum but we found lots of good food! Try the sweet potato sweets, theyre worth it!

  • Taga Taisya Shrine
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    145 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.

  • Nagahama Castle Historical Museum
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    3.5
    191 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kouenchou 10-10
    A museum located on the site of the Nagahama Castle Ruins in Koen-cho, Nagahama City. The museum operates out of a restoration of the castle based on how it would have looked in the distant Azuchi-Momoyama period. The museum’s standing exhibition looks at the history of the northern Lake Biwa area and Nagahama; the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who built Nagahama Castle; and other themes relating to Nagahama. The museum also holds special exhibitions on the Nagahama area and historical figures like Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

    This small castle is a short walk from the Nagahama JR station and has a great view out over Lake Biwa. It was one of Hideyoshi Toyotomis first castles and the museum explains some of the history of...

  • Hikone Castle Museum
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    164 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.

    The Hikone Castle Museum located halfway between the JR Hakone Station and the Castle. Worth to pay a visit there in order to know more information and view the artifacts about the area in the past...

  • Genkyu-En
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    4.5
    166 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.

    We opted for the quicker, slightly more expensive route, namely 9.32 shinkansen to Maibara. Change platforms, wait 5 mins, then local train back, 5 mins 1 stop, to Hikone. Took a taxi to Genkyuen...

  • Nagahama Railway Museum
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    104 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kitafunachou 1-41
    A railroad museum located in Kitafuna-cho, Nagahama City. The museum consists of the former Nagahama Station building, constructed in 1882 and the oldest extant station building in Japan; the Nagahama Railway Culture Hall, and the Hokuriku Line Electrification Memorial Hall. Visitors can tour areas of the station building such as the old waiting area and stationmaster’s office as well as view relevant exhibits. In addition, the museum has train models, a D51 steam locomotive which visitors are allowed to sit in the driver’s seat, and an ED70 ac electric locomotive. The museum’s observation deck offers a super close view of the trains running on the Hokuriku Line track.

    The building sits nicely on its site. It is said to be the oldest existing railroad station building in the country. We were here for autumn foliage and the trees in front of the building were at...

  • Nagahama Betsuin Daitsuji Temple (Gobou-san)
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    3.5
    84 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 32-9
    This is a temple of the Otani sect of Shinshu that has long been fondly known by the nickname of “Gobo-san”, whose origins lie in its establishment on the site of Nagahama Castle in 1602. Thereafter, it was moved to its current location in 1652. You can catch a glimpse of the splendid Momoyama culture in the main hall and the banquet hall which are said to be the remains of Fushimi castle and have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. Within the temple grounds, there is also Ganzanken Japanese Garden, a kanshoshiki kare-sansui (“dry landscape”) garden, and there is also the Rantei Japanese Garden which is a National Place of Scenic Beauty. The temple is famous for having a great number of cultural properties such as paintings on paper sliding doors and screens.

    It was not in my plan, however, I am glad that I did pay a visit. The temple was big (the section which you had to pay to enter). They had a plant that stated at least 250 years old. The garden...

  • Roadside Station Shiotsu-Kaido Adikama no Sato
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    21 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Nishiazaichoushiotsuhama 1765
    A roadside station situated along the Shiotsu Highway in Shiotsuhama Nishiazai-cho, Nagahama City. The station sells fresh agricultural products from nearby farms and local specialty products like decchi yokan jelly steamed in bamboo peels. The station’s restaurant serves local cuisine such as signature duck soba noodles, a crucian carp sushi and chazuke set meal, sweetly stewed kanroni style ayu, and trout from Lake Biwa stewed in soy sauce nituke style. In the adjoining Mizu no Eki Koryukan building, you can find fresh baked breads for sale and exhibits on the history and culture of the local area.

    「あぢかま」とは塩津の地域をさす枕言葉で、びわ湖の水辺で冬を越す鴨に由来しているとのこと。道の駅なので、琵琶ますや鮎など、びわ湖でとれる水産物や鴨肉。地域ならではの新鮮な農産物や特産品を販売しています。 あぢかまの里名物が、「鮒寿し茶漬けセット」で、個性的な鮒寿しを比較的あっさりと食べられる。

  • Ibukiyama Driveway
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Prefecture Fuwa-gun Sekigahara Town Yoritani
    The Ibukiyama Driveway is a toll road with a total length of 17 kilometers that extends from Sekigahara Town, Fuwa County in Gifu Prefecture to Maibara City in Shiga Prefecture. This is the only route that allows access to the summit of Mt. Ibuki—a sacred mountain that is one of the “100 Famous Japanese Mountains”—by car, and its spectacular scenery makes it a very popular drive. The Sky Terrace parking area near the summit of Mt. Ibuki (at an altitude of 1,260 meters) offers marvelous views; visitors can see as far as the Hira mountain range, Lake Biwa, Mt. Hakusan and Mt. Ontake. When conditions are right, this is also a great spot for viewing the “Sea of Clouds” phenomenon.

    営業予定期間は4月第3土曜日-11月最終日曜日まで。 車で登り切った所にトイレ・フード・展望デッキがあります。 そこからの山頂までハイキングレベルの登山道があります。 ドライブウェイは営業時間が季節ごとに変わるので要確認。

  • English Garden Rosa & Berry Tawada
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    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Tawada 605-10
    This botanical garden is situated in Prefectural Route 246 in Tawada, Maibara City. In addition to a garden planted with roses, perennial plants, and cherry trees, facilities include a restaurant, cafe, and barbecue area where you can grill vegetables you harvest yourself. There's also an activity studio, grape house offering grape picking, vegetable patch, field where you can pet sheep, a shop, and more. There's also an area with the world's first life-sized sculpture of British claymation character Shaun the Sheep.

    10月下旬に訪れたましたが、スタッフの方がみんな仮装をしていたことも、小さい子供にとっては楽しめる環境だったと思います。羊とのふれあいがとても楽しかったです。

  • Roadside Station Omi Haha no sato
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Ukano 1364-1
    A roadside station situated along Prefectural Route 2 in Ukano, Maibara City. The station has a store selling local agricultural and specialty products, a restaurant, and a light meal corner, as well as four tennis courts, an indoor multipurpose sports ground, plaza, and park. The adjoining Kurashi no Kogeikan training facility can accommodate overnight stays and has a studio, training rooms, bath area, and restaurant; the facility also holds exhibits of traditional crafts.

    物産交流館さざなみで、初めて見た焼きサバそうめんを購入して食べてみました。あと、フルフルラーメンをお土産に買って帰りました。

  • Sugatani Onsen
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    32 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Sugatanichou 36
    A hot spring inn located in Sugatani-cho, Nagahama City. This little-known hot spring destination is said to have been visited in ancient times by the samurai lord Azai Nagamasa and his famous wife, Oichi. The inn has two outdoor baths constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a source spring. For food, the inn serves traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal ingredients; Omi beef sukiyaki and shabushabu; and, in winter, duck and boar meat hotpots. The inn also offers day trip hot spring plans which include a meal and the use of a guest room.

    長浜の奥座敷とか。温泉の源湯とかはヒドロ炭酸泉とか真ッ茶色で温度も熱め、すぐそばに低めの湯がありこれは濁りなし、説明では交互に入ると良いらしい。浅井長政やお市の方、浅井三姉妹も湯治に通ったらしい。部屋も料理も至れり尽くせりでありがたかったです。

  • Roadside Station Ibuki no Sato Shunsai no Mori
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    13 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Ibuki 1732-1
    A roadside station located in Ibuki, Maibara City. The station sells locally grown vegetables and other fresh, seasonal agricultural products such as edible wild plants from Mt. Ibuki; side dishes made with local lake fish; bento box lunches made with edible wild plants; and other processed foods. The station’s restaurant serves curry, noodles, and set meals made with local rice and other ingredients. On the second floor, there’s a bread bakery and a rest area with a sweeping view of Mt. Ibuki.

    ここで売ってる、いぶき大根がとくに美味しいとい噂、買って帰りました。 家で天ぷらの出汁におろし大根を入れていただきました。 辛味と旨味が段違いでした。

  • Hikiyama Museum
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    3.5
    46 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 14-8
    It is a museum concerning one of the three largest float festivals in Japan, the “Nagahama Hikiyama Festival” which is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and is held in April every year in Nagahama City. There are four festival floats in the collection, two of which are exhibited in the museum. These luxurious and gorgeous ornaments with gold engraving, wood carving and lacquer coating are a must see. There are also an exhibition of stage dummies and a “Kid’s Kabuki” (Japanese classical drama) video show, which is performed on one of the stage floats that is a highlight of the festival. There is also a coffee shop at the museum.

    Small museum located in Kurobe Square - 10 minutes walk from station. Displays showcase the Hikiyama Matsuri which takes place in April, highlighting the role children play in the performance...

  • Kinomoto Tsuruya Pan Main Store
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    3.5
    83 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kinomotochoukinomoto 1105
    A bread bakery situated along National Route 303 in Kinomoto Kinomoto-cho, Nagahama City. Examples of breads and bread-based foods made by the bakery which have been a favorite of locals for many years include the signature “Salad Pan,” a sandwich offered since the establishment first opened in 1951 consisting of takuan pickled daikon radish and mayonnaise served in a “koppe pan” bread roll; the simply named “Sandwich,” which consists of just mayonnaise and fish ham served on shokupan bread; the “Castella Sandwich;” and “Lunch Pan” bread.

    たくあんにマヨネーズは確かに合いますね。 コッペパンもしんなりしていておいしかった! なんか懐かしさを感じる味付けです。 I brought back to memories when I was childhood. These breads are...

  • Kinomoto Jizoin Temple
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kinomotochoukinomoto 944
    A Buddhist temple located in Kinomoto Kinomoto-cho, Nagahama City. The temple’s founding is said to date back to the Hakuho period (645–710), and temple records state that it was visited by such eminent figures as the great monk Kukai and shogun Ashikaga Takauji. The temple’s principal object of worship is known as the “Eye Buddha;” a hidden Buddha not normally made viewable to the public, a Kshitigarbha figure modeled after this statue stands on the grounds, with a frog with one eye closed called the “Stand-in Frogs” sitting at the figure’s feet.

    北国街道木之本宿の中心にある、木之本のお地蔵さん。日本三大地蔵のひとつ。本尊は秘仏です。木之本宿を散策した際に参拝。御朱印は本堂内でいただけます。

  • Kohoku Mizudori Station
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Kohokuchouimanishi 1731-1
    A roadside station situated along Prefectural Route 331 in Imanishi Kohoku-cho, Nagahama City. The station sells local agricultural products such as vegetables, fruits, and rice; and processed foods made with local specialty products like fish from Lake Biwa, including signature baby ayu tempura which is prepared right in front of customers. The station’s restaurant serves duck hotpot and dishes made with tasty delicacies from Lake Biwa. At the adjoining Kohoku Wild Birds Center and Biwako Waterfowl and Wetland Center, visitors can watch the water birds which visit Lake Biwa.

    道の駅です。周りは、緑地があり、池の鯉をみたり出来ます。また、琵琶湖沿いで、二階にのぼれば、景色が見えました。

  • Keiunkan
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    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Minatochou 2-5
    A historic building located in Minato-cho, Nagahama City. The building was built with funds provided by local businessman Asami Matazo to accommodate Emperor Meiji when he stopped by Nagahama while returning to Tokyo after visiting Kyoto in 1886. The building is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.

    though limited time of a year, its Bonbai = plum-bonsai is cant-miss at Nagahama. take trip from Kyoto or Nagoya by train. from Nagahama Station, about only 10min. walk. the gate and the...

  • YOKARO
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    101 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 7-8
    This is a restaurant in Nagahama City where you can taste the home-cooked specialty of “Yakisaba Somen” (fine white noodles with grilled mackerel) which is characteristic of Kohoku. This specialty of boiled fine white noodles and meaty grilled mackerel arouses an appetite for a somewhat strong seasoning. The set menu is also substantial; there are also “O-zen” (a four-legged tray for festive food) which can be enjoyed together with grilled mackerel sushi and “Toban-yaki” (a roast on a ceramic plate) of Omi beef. The store now makes use of a merchant’s house constructed approximately 200 years ago, having in some respects an aura which feels nostalgic. It is also known as a famous shop where queues can be seen.

    We decided to drive 30min from Hikone just to find out how good is the signature Mackerel and it was indeed very special. The Mackerel could be ordered as a whole or I think most visitors went for...

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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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