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Toyama Travel Guide

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by ERIC BUGEJA
Japan Travel

Shiga Travel Guide

by Travel Editor


Nestled in the heart of Japan, Shiga Prefecture is a captivating destination renowned for its natural splendor and profound historical heritage.

At the forefront of Shiga's allure is Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake and a symbol of the region's breathtaking landscape. Covering a significant portion of the prefecture, the Biwako Quasi-National Park encompasses several picturesque lakes and mountains. Historical sites include the centuries-old shrines and temples, such as the iconic Enryaku-ji Temple perched atop Mount Hiei, or the revered Hikone Castle, which are a testament to Japan's feudal past.

What To Do

Explore Lake Biwa with a Scenic Cruise

For unparalleled views of Lake Biwa's stunning expanse, embark on a leisurely cruise aboard a charming steamboat-style vessel. While indulging in a delightful lunch onboard, immerse yourself in the tranquility of the lake and its picturesque surroundings.

Experience Bunraku Puppet Theatre

Step back in time to the 1830s and witness the captivating artistry of Tonda Traditional Bunraku Puppet Theatre. As one of the most active Bunraku troupes outside of Osaka's National Theater, their performances offer a mesmerizing glimpse into Japan's rich cultural heritage.

Unleash Your Inner Ninja at Koka Ninja House

Test your ninja prowess at the Koka Ninja House, a meticulously preserved dwelling that once belonged to a renowned ninja leader. Delve into the secrets of ancient espionage and stealth as you explore this 300-year-old residence.

Marvel at Hikone Castle

Journey through history at Hikone Castle, an impeccably preserved fortress that stands as a testament to traditional Japanese castle architecture. Take a leisurely stroll through the castle's serene gardens and partake in a traditional tea ceremony amidst its tranquil surroundings.

Discover the Walled City of Omihachiman

Transport yourself to the Edo period as you wander through the fortified city of Omihachiman. Enclosed by imposing walls, this historic castle town offers a glimpse into Japan's feudal past and the strategic defenses employed during times of unrest.

Events

Nagahama Hikiyama Festival (April)

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Shiga Prefecture at the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival, held annually in April. Renowned as one of Japan's finest Hikiyama (floating) festivals, this event has been designated as an 'Important Intangible Cultural Property.' Marvel at the intricately crafted floats adorned with stages for Kabuki plays, as they are paraded through the streets in a spectacle of color and tradition.

Higashiomi Kite Festival (May)

Take to the skies and join in the festivities at the Higashiomi Kite Festival, held every May in Higashiomi. Delight in the sight of vibrant kites soaring high above, as participants come together to fly these beautiful creations against the backdrop of Shiga's scenic landscape.

Otsu-matsuri Festival (Fall)

Celebrate the spirit of community and tradition at the Otsu-matsuri Festival, held in the vibrant city of Otsu during the fall season. Be enthralled by the sight of 13 elaborately decorated floats parading through the streets, accompanied by the joyful sounds of music and drums. Join locals and visitors alike in reveling in this festive atmosphere, where centuries-old customs come to life in a spectacle of color and excitement.

Flavors of Shiga

Yaki-saba Sōmen

Discover the unique flavors of Shiga's noodle soup with yaki-saba sōmen. This tantalizing dish features somen noodles topped with grilled mackerel, bathed in a rich fish broth that tantalizes the taste buds with its savory goodness.

Kamo Nabe (Duck Hot Pot)

When the weather turns chilly, warm up with a steaming bowl of kamo nabe, or duck hot pot. This comforting dish, simmered to perfection with an array of seasonal vegetables and fragrant herbs, is sure to satisfy your cravings for hearty fare.

Funa Zushi

Delve into Shiga's culinary heritage with funa zushi, a traditional dish made from fermented crucian carp. Experience the unique flavors and textures of this delicacy, which reflects the region's close connection to Lake Biwa and its bounty of fresh seafood.

Omi Beef

Savor the legendary taste of Omi beef, a culinary gem that has captivated palates since the Edo period. Renowned for its exceptional quality and marbling, this prized beef, named after an earlier term for Shiga Prefecture, has a rich history of being bestowed as a gift to visiting nobility.

Where To Play

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Diamond Shiga C.C.

ダイヤモンド滋賀カントリークラブ
 

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Gamo G.C.

蒲生ゴルフ倶楽部
 

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Shigaraki Kokusai C.C.

紫香楽国際カントリークラブ
 

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Omi Hills G.C.

近江ヒルズゴルフ倶楽部
 

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Comwood G.C.
コムウッドゴルフクラブ