Shiga

About Shiga

Shiga prefecture is part of the quirky and friendly Kansai region. It includes the vast waters of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The north shore of the lake is a great place to view cherry blossoms in the spring while the western shore has sandy beaches that are popular in summer. The mountains encircling the lake offer extensive hiking trails and lovely views. History and culture buffs should note that Shiga has one of the highest concentrations of national treasures and important cultural properties in Japan, including the World Heritage Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji Temple and the extremely well-preserved Hikone Castle.

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Koga No Sato Ninja Village

Located in Koga, the birthplace of ninja, this rural village features a number of facilities, including the Ninja Museum, Shuriken Dojo, Karakuri House, and Wat

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Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle is the centrepiece of Hikone and is the former residence of the Ii family. The castle is also designated a national treasure in Japan.

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Lake Biwa

This lake is the largest freshwater lake in Japan and spans about 670 km². Many boat tour companies offer tours around the lake. Lake Biwa is said to be one of

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Shirahige Jinja Shrine

This is a Shinto shrine well known for its torii (gate) that stands in the lake.

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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple is a monastery of the Tendai sect of Buddhism located on Mt. Hiei in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.

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Biwako Hotel

Located in Biwako, only 10 minutes from Kyoto. All guest suites feature verandas with lake views. Natural hot springs look out on Biwako.

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Ogoto Hot Spring Yumotokan

Located in Ogoto Onsen, only 20 minutes from Kyoto Station on the Tokaido-Sanyo line, this hotel offers seven different types of hot spring baths with varying b

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Lake Biwa

This lake is the largest freshwater lake in Japan and spans about 670 km². Many boat tour companies offer tours around the lake. Lake Biwa is said to be one of

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Omihachiman Riverside Tour

This boat tour takes visitors around Shiga prefecture. The Omihachiman Riverside Tour allows visitors an opportunity to glimpse Japan's history and learn about

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Koga No Sato Ninja Village

Located in Koga, the birthplace of ninja, this rural village features a number of facilities, including the Ninja Museum, Shuriken Dojo, Karakuri House, and Wat

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Former Toyosato Elementary School

This former public elementary school features an interesting architecture, which was designed by William Merrell Vories, an American architect who later in life

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Shigaraki Tanuki Village

Known for being one of the "six old kilns" in Japan, this racoon dog, or "tanuki", village exhibits a variety of Shigaraki pottery objects, including plates, po

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Shiga Food Guide

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Shiga Access Guide

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Hotels in Shiga

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Kyo-Ohmi

Set in Otsu, 3.7 km from Lake Biwa Museum, Kyo-Ohmi features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Certain room

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Ayaha Lakeside Hotel

Ayaha Lakeside Hotel is located in Otsu, 700 metres from Biwako Hall. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this ryokan is air conditioned an

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Ekinariya Ryokan

Ekinariya Ryokan offers accommodation in Kusatsu. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this ryokan is air conditioned and is equipped with

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Guest House Hana

Guest House Hana is located a 5-minute walk away from Lake Biwa and an 8-minute walk from JR Otsu Station. Free WiFi is available. Hamaotsu Station of the Keiha

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Hotel New Omi

Hotel New Omi is located in Omihachiman, 35 km from Kyoto and 26 km from Otsu. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking

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Minakuchi Century Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Minakuchi Century Hotel offers accommodation in Koka. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel

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