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
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Located on a hill with a view of downtown Shigaraki, this cultural park provides visitors with information about traditional Japanese ceramics, or "Shigarakiyaki". The 40 ha large area is scenic with seasonal changes. Visitors can appreciate ceramics and enjoy
Azuchi Castle Remains
Azuchi Castle was the one of the primary residences of famous warlord Oda Nobunaga.
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.
Nagahama Castle Historical Museum
Toyotomi Hideyoshi spent time in this castle of his in the Sengoku period. Today it has been turned into the Nagahama Castle Historical Museum and exhibits material related to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Nagahama etc.
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple is a monastery of the Tendai sect of Buddhism located on Mt. Hiei in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.
Shigaraki Tanuki Village
Known for being one of the "six old kilns" in Japan, this racoon dog, or "tanuki", village exhibits a variety of Shigaraki pottery objects, including plates, pots, and, most of all, figurines. Visitors will be greeted by three huge racoons at the parking lot.
Koga No Sato Ninja Village
Located in Koga, the birthplace of ninja, this rural village features a number of facilities, including the Ninja Museum, Shuriken Dojo, Karakuri House, and Water-spider Pond. At the Shuriken Dojo, visitors can practice with throwing stars. In the museum, a se
The Shiga prefectural Museum of Modern Art
This museum is a modern art museum located in a "cultural zone" in Shiga prefecture, surrounded by greenery and nature and with a view of Biwako lake and the mountain ranges of Mounts Hirasan and Hieizan.
Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archeological Museum
The Azuchi Castle Archeological Museum is a museum of Japanese archeological history with its permanent exhibitions focusing around the beginning of the tumuli period and the farming villages of the yayoi period, and the more recent Azuchi castle and Oda Nobun
Shirahige Jinja Shrine
This is a Shinto shrine well known for its torii (gate) that stands in the lake.
This lake is the largest freshwater lake in Japan and spans about 670 km². Many boat tour companies offer tours around the lake. Lake Biwa is said to be one of the oldest lakes in the world and is surrounded by many historical towns in Shiga.