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.
Located in Biwako, only 10 minutes from Kyoto. All guest suites feature verandas with lake views. Natural hot springs look out on Biwako.
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
Azuchi Castle Remains
Azuchi Castle was the one of the primary residences of famous warlord Oda Nobunaga.
Guesthouse Muga features free Wi-Fi, a shared lounge in an authentic century-old Japanese building and affordable accommodation in a new building. It offers a launderette, free-use toiletries and a shared kitchen.
Guest House Hana
Guest House Hana is located a 5-minute walk away from Lake Biwa and an 8-minute walk from JR Otsu Station. Free WiFi is available. Hamaotsu Station of the Keihan Line is a 2-minute walk away. You will find a kettle in the room.
Located in the centre of Kusatsu Onsen, Hotel Ichii offers outdoor and indoor hot spring baths, Japanese-style and Western rooms and free WiFi at the lobby. It has a 24-hour reception, drinks vending machines and a souvenir shop.
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.
Boasting a hot spring bath, Dantokan Kikunoya is located a 5-minute drive from JR Ogoto Onsen Station. Free pick-up from the station is available upon advance request.
Urban Hotel Minami Kusatsu
A 1-minute walk from JR Minami Kusatsu Station, which is a 20-minute ride from Kyoto Station, Urban Hotel offers rooms with free wired internet, a cafe and massages. It features a buffet restaurant and coin-operated laundry facili
Minakuchi Century Hotel
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Minakuchi Century Hotel offers accommodation in Koka. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV.
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 Access Guide
Photo Cred: Flickr user hans-johnson [email protected]/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