Located on the North-Western side of Shiga Prefecture, Takashima has beautiful rural and lake-side scenery. Right across from the JR Station is a huge statue of Gulliver. Apparently there is a Gulliver theme park for children somewhere near the hills. Whatever the reason, a Gulliver statue in the middle of a Japanese country town seems delightfully eccentric to me. I explored the town and surrounding area by bicycle early in autumn, and there was plenty to see. I love the countryside in Japan!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.