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  • 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.
  • Ski & Snowboard Okuibuki
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Kouduhara Okubo
    A ski resort situated along Prefectural Route 40 in Okuibuki Kozuhara, Maibara City. The resort has 12 courses and a snow park and here visitors can enjoy the powder snow of Ibuki, an area which holds a record for the greatest amount of snowfall in the world. The resort’s central lodge has facilities such as a food court, pro shop, and kids’ house.

    We were recommended this place as a convenient snow resort to visit. We caught a JR train to Maibara (Kodama shinkansen also stops here) from where we were the day before and stayed at hotel Toyoko...

  • Taga Taisya Shrine
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    4.0
    143 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.

  • Kurokabe Square
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    333 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!

  • Roadside Station Seseragi no Sato Kora
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    ランチに釜焼きのピザ屋さんがあるというので寄りました。地元野菜のピザが美味しかったです。売店で「辛子和え麩」も買って食べました。これも地元名物らしく美味しかったです。人気の道の駅なのか、駐車場も混んでいました。

  • Genkyu-En
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    29 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.

    Located just beside Genkyuen, I did not fully appreciate this park - it was just a house (ongoing reconstruction/renovation) with a garden! The garden pales in comparison with Genkyuen. Perhaps if...

  • Hikiyama Museum
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    4.0
    45 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...

  • Nagahama Betsuin Daitsuji Temple (Gobou-san)
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    3.5
    79 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...

  • YOKARO
    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.
  • Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine
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    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Miyamaechou 13-55
    "This shrine honoring Nagahama's patron deity has been there since the Heian Period. The deity was installed there in 1069 from Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine, and it's been the region's protective spirit ever since. The shrine declined temporarily during the Warring States Period, but the lord of Nagahama Castle, Hashiba Hideyoshi, favored the shrine and it regained its status. The Nagahama Hikiyama Festival is its main celebration is especially famous. Held yearly from April 13 to 16, area children perform extravagant ""Kids Kabuki"" shows on top of flamboyant festival floats. "

    黒壁スクエアから長浜大手門商店街を抜けて進んでいくと10分余りで着きます。鳥居をくぐり長い参道を進んでいき、左手に曲がると拝殿、本殿があります。4月に日本三大山車祭の一つの長浜曳祭が行われます。このお祭りでは子供歌舞伎が有名でマスコミでもよく取り上げられます。

  • Ibukiyama Driveway
    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.
  • Koto-sanzan Saimyoji Temple
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    69 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...

  • Kawachi Wind Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Inukamiguntagachou Kawachi Miyamae
    A limestone cave located in Miyamae Kawachi, Taga Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The cave is believed to have been formed some 5.5 million years ago in a karst system in the Unzen Mountains. Visitors are only allowed to go about 200 meters into the cave, but it actually extends 10,020 meters in length, making it the third longest cave in the country. The cave has been designated a Natural Monument by the prefecture.
  • Takatoriyama Fureai Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Inukamiguntagachou Fujise 1090
    A campground located in Oaza Fujise, Taga Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The campground’s 86-hectare grounds enclose a caravan campground, tent sites, bungalows, nature activity lodging house with space for 60 guests, roofed barbecue areas, a forest activity center with large public baths, and other facilities. Here visitors can enjoy activities such as woodworking classes, ceramics classes, and hiking.
  • Kaiyodo Figure Museum Kurokabe Ryuyukan
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    84 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 8-22 Nagahama Art Center
    A museum dedicated to figurines and models situated along the Hokkoku Highway in Motohama-cho, Nagahama City. Kaiyodo is a company known around the world for its figurines, and this museum displays some of the company’s most renowned pieces as well as over 2,000 snack prize figurines, dioramas, and more. The museum also holds workshops on figurine painting and diorama making. Be sure to stop by the museum shop situated on the Nagahama Otemon Shopping Street in Motohama -cho.

    They had a special exibition in another building but I really wanted to see the real one... At least I got to see the life sized figures I wanted.

  • Odani Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Odanigujouchou , Shiba prefecture Nagahama shi Kohokucho Ibe
    A designated National Historic Site located in Ibe Kohoku-cho, Nagahama City. The castle belonged to the Azai clan and is known for its connection to Chacha, Hatsu, and Go, three famous sisters born between the samurai lord Azai Nagamasa and Oichi, the younger sister of the mighty lord Oda Nobunaga. After the downfall of the Azai clan, the castle temporarily passed into the possession of the great lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi but was later abandoned. An archeological excavation conducted decades ago discovered ruins believed to have been the castle’s palatial residence and storehouses.
  • Keiunkan
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    30 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...

  • Kitabiwako Hotel Grazie Spa Fiore
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    7 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Minatochou 4-17 North Biwako Hotel in Grazie
    An aesthetic treatment spa located in Kitabiwako Hotel Grazie in Minato-cho, Nagahama City. The spa offers treatments such as a magic stone special course, relaxation and body course, and facial course produced by an aesthetician with a globally-recognized diploma. From the salon on the top floor of the hotel, customers can also enjoy a sweeping view of Lake Biwa.

    The food is good. The Coffee is organic and very delicious, highly recommended.

  • Kogenji Temple (Doganji Temple Kannondo)
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    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Takatsukichoudouganji 50
    A Buddhist temple located in Doganji Takatsuki-cho, Nagahama City. The temple enshrines an eleven faced figure of the Kanzeon Bodhisattva; one of only seven in the country to be designated a National Treasure, this figure is famously considered particularly beautiful among the seven. Numerous other figures of Kanzeon Bodhisattva, housed in other Kannondo temple halls, can be found in the surrounding area, and during the Kannon no Sato Furusato Festival held in October, all of these halls make their figures viewable to the general public at the same time.

    The isthmus between Wakasa Bay and Ise Bay is the narrowest and, accordingly, the lowest part of Honshu Island. The Fukasaka Pass between Wakasa Bay and lake Biwa has only the altitude of 370 meters...

  • Kita Omi Resort Kita Omi no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Takatsukichoukarakawa 89
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Karakawa Takatsuki-cho, Nagahama City. The bathhouse has indoor and outdoor baths filled with water from a natural hot spring located 1,500 meters underground, an herb mist sauna and a shape-up bath for women, a waterfall bath for men, and two types of saunas. There’s also an all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurant, a bread bakery, a lounge with food and alcoholic drinks, a manga corner, a women’s only lounge, a salon, and more.

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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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