ShigaShiga 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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Located in Biwako, only 10 minutes from Kyoto. All guest suites feature verandas with lake views. Natural hot springs look out on Biwako.
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 became a naturalized Japanese citizen. This historic site has become famous among Japanese pop cult
Biwako Valley is best known for its ropeway from which you can take in the views over Lake Biwa. It's also an adventure area for visitors who wish to take part in activities such as skiing in winter, trekking in spring, and also zip line from the top!
Sagawa Art Museum
The Sagawa Art Museum was built by the Sagawa Kyubin company and overlooks the Biwa lake. The main exhibitions consist of Japanese artist's work such as paintings, sculptures and ceramic art.
The Miho Museum was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the architect who designed the glass pyramid at the Louvre. This museum contains a collection of over 2000 pieces and artefacts from various time periods and regions.
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 beautifying and healing effects. Overlooking the picturesque scene of Lake Biwa, Yumotokan offers the
Business Hotel Nishi Otsu
Offering air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, a tea maker and an en suite bathroom, Business Hotel Nishotsu is just 100 metres from JR Otsukyo Train Station.
Green Hotel Yes Nagahama Minatokan
A 5-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Nagahama Train Station, Green Hotel Yes Nagahama Minatokan features accommodations with a flat-screen TV and free wired internet access.
Located right in front of Lake Biwako, Ryokan Beniayu offers Japanese-style accommodations with a private open-air hot-spring bath and a massage chair. Guests can also enjoy the public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths and relax wit
Located steps from Biwa Lake, Pension BBC features rooms with peaceful lake views, free Wi-Fi at the lobby and a café with a terrace. The non-smoking property offers bicycle rentals, and free meditation lessons are available upon
Hotel New Shichisei
Located in Kusatsu hot-spring area, Hotel New Shichisei offers Japanese-style accommodations and a public hot-spring bath. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas.
Just a 3-minute walk from the famous Yubatake Hot Spring, Kane Midori offers massage services and its own hot-spring baths. The Japanese rooms have futon beds and a Western bathroom.
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Honmachi Juku offers accommodation in Hikone. You will find a shared lounge at the property. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 69 km from the property.
One of Japan's few original castles: Hikone
I had many things on my to-see list for the day so I was in a bit of a hurry to get started. Hikone castle opens at 9am and, being an original castle, can get crowded, so I had to be there by opening time!Famous Ii Naomasa and Hiko-nyan welcome me as I arrive