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Shiga 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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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...Read more

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Shiga Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user hans-johnson https://www.flickr.com/photos/69825860@N04/36663699240/Shiga Prefecture is great in that it is incredibly clo...Read more

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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 m...Read more

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Top spots

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Biwako Hotel

Located in Biwako, only 10 minutes from Kyoto. All guest suites feature verandas with lake views. Natural hot springs look out on Biwako.Read more

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Former Toyosato Elementary School

This former public elementary school features an interesting architecture, which was designed by William Merrell Vories, an American architect who ...Read more

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Biwako Valley

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 ...Read more

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Miho Museum

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 ove...Read more

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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 su...Read more

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大津湖岸なぎさ公园

公園內從「打出の森」到「市民廣場」長長的步行道上,大量的芝櫻盛開。公園位於琵琶湖畔,所以不僅可以觀賞到芝櫻的美景還可以同時欣賞琵琶湖的景色。 交通 : JR 東海本線膳所站徒步大約15 分鐘Read more

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    Hikone Castle

    Hikone Castle is the centrepiece of Hikone and is the former residence of the Ii family. The castle is also designated a national treasure in Japan.Read more

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    Azuchi Castle Remains

    Azuchi Castle was the one of the primary residences of famous warlord Oda Nobunaga.Read more

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