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Shiga

Scenic adventures around Lake Biwa

About Shiga

Things to do in Shiga

Where to eat

Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Many family run restaurants are known for their almost martial art like focus. They specialise exclusively on one dish, and make the same dish for decades, passing their recipes down from generation to generation. Some people travel half way across t..

Men-ya Lennon

Men-ya Lennon

Shiga Prefecture is generally known for its bounty of fresh vegetables, wagyu (Ohmi beef), and funazushi; not for its ramen. However, if you crave a piping bowl of gourmet ramen, I have a suggestion: Men-ya Lennon. Just a few minutes from JR Otsu..

Places to stay

Kiyomiso Inn

Kiyomiso Inn

An hour away from central Osaka, or half an hour away from central Kyoto, Kiyomiso Inn sits on the western side of Lake Biwa. A family run business, the inn is just a few steps away from the shores of Lake Biwa. Since 2001, pets have been welcomed an..

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Kirin Factory Tour

Kirin Factory Tour

Tour, snacks, and (drum rolls)… beer? Kirin Brewery in Shiga is the place to go if you want all three, for free. Seriously, what else can beat that? Its factory and tasting tours take you on an incredible journey through the making of Japan&rs..

Cherry Blossoms of Kaizu Osaki

Cherry Blossoms of Kaizu Osaki

Traditionally hanami or cherry blossoms viewing parties take place in historical gardens, parks, or large spaces. However, despite Kaizu Osaki being in none of these places, it was still voted as one of Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots, with ..

Hakodateyama Ski Resort

Hakodateyama Ski Resort

The lovely cities in Kansai rarely get an abundance of snow in winter, if at all. To find a white wonderland, we need to go high up to the mountains. The thing is, not every mountain has snow, and some of the ski resorts closest to the city need to m..

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About shiga

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalOtsu
Population1,410,777
Area4017.38 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.

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