Things To Do In shiga


Special Things To Do to travel in shiga Prefecture that Japanese travelers and locals recommend.

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Chikubu Jima Island

Let's Challenge At God's Island! Throwing Tiles And Your Wish Comes True If They Go Under The Torii Gate

Chikubu jima Shrine has a torii gate facing to Lake Biwa. Visitors write their wishes on kawara (tiles) and throw them to go under the torii. If you succeed it, your wish may come true! Let's challenge 'Kawara Nage'!

Located In Lake Biwa, A Exquisite And Spiritual Power Spot 'Island Of God Living'

Chikubu jima is an uninhabited island located in Lake Biwa. In such a small island, there're one of the national treasures, important cultural assets and even one of the only thee images of Benzaiten in Japan. Because of its geographical condition and the sacred sight, they say the whole of the island has a spiritual power to give visitors divine grace.

Biwako Lake

Elegant Lights Arch! Full-blown Skyrockets Above The Biggest Lake Biwa

They have held it every August for more than 30 years in Otsu, Shiga Pref. Skyrockets is of course powerful, and the directions that makes the most of its location above the lake is worth seeing.

Kyorinbo

Fall Colors On The Mossy Garden Of An Obscure Temple In Shiga

A stone temple Kyorinbo, built by Shotoku Taishi, is a great but a little known temple in Shiga Prefecture! The bamboo grove and mossy garden covered with fall colored leaves are like different world indeed. The falling red leaves down to the green moss are breathtakingly beautiful. What's more, you can see the carpet of red maple leaves in the later season.

Shirahige Shrine

I Want To See It All Day! A Lightened Torii Gate On The Lake

Shirohige Shrine stands by the Lake Biwa and is proud of the oldest history in Oumi region. To be surprised, its torii gate stands on the lake! We can see the illuminated torii at night, and the lightened by the rising sun in the early morning.

The Oldest Shrine In Shiga Standing By The Lake Biwa

This is the oldest one in Shiga and a main shrine of Shirahige shrines all over Japan. Its torii gate on the lake is famous and admired as 'Itsukushima In Oumi' (Oumi is an old name for Shiga). Also, the view of the Lake Biwa seen from the inner place of the shrine is breathtaking! You can find many other attractions in the precinct such as a monument of Japanese poem.

Kurokabe Square

Enjoy Lakeside Country's Gourmet & Arts! A Town With Cool, Retro Black Walls.

A busiest destination of Nagahama, a castle town built up by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a general in the Age of Civil. At a retro town with rare and traditional black plastered buildings, many glass shops, cafés and restaurants for local Shiga-style food, and art galleries are dotted.

Kaizu Osaki

A Row Of Cherry Trees, One Of The Best 100 Cherry Trees In Japan, At The Side Of Lake Biwa

Kaizu-osaki, a scenic spot at the north of Lake Biwa, there is a row of cherry trees. And about 900 trees of Somei-yoshino(a popular kind of Japanese cherry tree) make us attracted by its fantastic spring scenery.

THE BIWAKO TERRACE

Terrace Like A Paradise Overlooking Lake Biwa From An Altitude Of 1100 Meters

Ride a ropeway from the foot of the mountain, you can go there like a garden of heaven. Tiled pool of a café and yellow lemonade are stylish. But the nature blue colors of Lake Biwa and the sky are most wonderful.

Hikone Castle

410 Years Since Building! A Beautiful & Wise National Treasure Overlooking Lake Biwa

Hikone Castle has a relation with Ii family. It's hard to be invaded and easy to use, so we can find wisdom everywhere in the castle. The historical interior is also the highlight. What is more, the castle seen from Genkyu-en Garden in the same site is so gorgeous that I can say it has both beauty and strength.

A Castle Tower On The Top

It's preserved in good condition and counted as one of the four castle of national treasures.

Ishiyama-dera Temple

A Temple With Rich Nature Overlooking Lake Biwa, And Loved By Noble Writers, Murasaki Shikibu & Matsuo Basho

There're national treasures and buildings of important cultural asset in the large precinct surrounded by nature, which makes you feel history. You can touch the cultures of Heian Era because of the connection with Murasaki Shikibu. This is a temple many famous writers have believed and favored since old times.

Eigen-ji Temple

Japanese Maple Temple With Autumn Colors

Eigen-ji Temple is called Japanese Maple Temple because it has many maple trees. In autumn, the precinct is filled with red, and these leaves are shining in the sun light.

Metasequoia Street

I Found In Japan! A Metasequoia Lined Street As Long As 2.5km

At Makino Highland, located in the north of Lake Biwa. As many as 500 trees of metasequoia line up along the street of 2.5km. Enjoy the different expressions of each season, like lush greens in spring and summer, the splendor of the leaves in autumn and the snowy scene of white branches in winter.

Yumekyobashi Castel Road

A Town Succeeds Traditions Of An Old Castle Town

All houses have Kiriduma roofs, white walls and latticed doors like in Edo period.

Kusatsu City Hall

Cute And Lax Characters

Of Kusatsu. Tabi-maru, Kusa-pyon and Fuku-chan.

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