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Shiga Articles

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

Shiga Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user Yasuo KidaFuna-zushi While you’ve probably eaten the traditional form of Sushi, Funa-zushi is unique and distinctive. Funa-zushi is a type of fish that is salted and fermented in steamed rice in order to preserve the fish. Fish, usuall

Shiga Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user hans-johnson 69825860@N04/36663699240/Shiga Prefecture is great in that it is incredibly close to Kyoto and other tourist destinations in the Kansai Area. Not only is it close to other prefectures, it is also very easy to get around th

Shiga 1-day-tour Itinerary

Because of Shiga Prefecture’s relative smallness, and its proximity to Kyoto and the Kansai area, Shiga is prefect for a quick one-day trip to enjoy nature and cultural buildings. In fact, the Keihan railway offers a one-day pass for exactly this reason. The K

The Best Times to Visit Shiga

Photo Cred: Flickr user tiseb 33195821@N00/16019837456/Hikone Castle Blossoms in Spring Hikone castle, situated near the shores of Lake Biwa, is also surrounded by over a thousand sakura trees. Every spring, the sakura trees blossom into a beautiful pink, and

First Time in Shiga

While not as popular as its neighbors like Kyoto, Shiga is still a prefecture full of places to visit regardless of the goal of your visit. While many tourists travel to Kyoto each year to experience classical Japan, many people living in Kyoto love to travel

6 Places to visit if you like anime and manga

Merch stores, themed cafés, Akihabara, manga museums... there are many things manga and anime fans can do when they visit Japan that they often don't have the chance to do in their home countries. However, there is a chance to take a break from the big stores