About Shiga
Area:4017.38 sq. km

The subject of the famous artist Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e paintings “Eight Views of Omi,” Shiga is famous for its many picturesque views thanks to Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake.

The lake and the surrounding area are perfect for water sports and outdoor activities, while much of Shiga avoided damage from World War II and the rapid urbanization right after it, making it a great place to relax and a prime day trip location from nearby Kyoto and Osaka. Enryaku-ji is one of the most important temples in Japan, while Hikone Castle is one of just four castles that are classified as national treasures.

The city of Koka has the Ninja Village, a very interesting attraction for domestic and foreign tourists alike. Shiga is also well known for its delicious food, including Omi beef and funa-zushi.

Things to Do in Shiga

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The Hachiman-Bori

A Boat Trip Through Old Edo

Culture Day Parade in Hikone

Festivities to celebrate history

Hachiman-bori Canal Boat Ride

Release your inner Japanese prince or princess

Living Japanese History in Hikone

An important site to learn Japanese vibrant history

Community discussion

Sunrise at Lake Biwa

Burning skies over Japan's largest freshwater lake


La Collina Omi-Hachiman

Club Harie Baumkuchen Factory

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Northern Biwako Sunset

Cycling the Oku-Biwako Parkway from Makino to Ranten


A Beautiful Cycle Tour in Shiga

Omihachiman, a beautiful old town on Lake Biwa

Omihachiman from Kyoto st. is just 33 m. on the JR Tokaido line, Express train. If you take a local train will take around 40 m. Several train lines cover this town.