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Scenic adventures around Lake Biwa

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Miraculous Clay

Miraculous Clay

Oct 3rd - Dec 13th

A special event at the Shiga Prefectural Ceramic Forest looks into the soil of Shigaraki, often dubbed as "miraculous clay". The..

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Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition: Shiga

Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition: Shiga

Oct 24th - Jan 11th

The Moomins are characters in a cartoon series developed by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson, and they've become quite popular..


Where to eat in Shiga

La Collina Omi-Hachiman

La Collina Omi-Hachiman

Eriko Fukui

La Collina means hill in Italian, giving a clue to the architect’s intentions, with its hill like roof covered by a lush lawn ..

Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Shirahige Soba Restaurant

Amanda Ho

On the west side of Lake Biwa, Shirahige is a family restaurant dedicated to making the best soba. Touted as a healthy noodle, they..


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Hikone Castle in Shiga 7

Hikone Castle in Shiga

Lily Taki

Hikone Castle in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture, is a very famous original castle tower. It is registered as a National Treasure..


About Shiga

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Capital Otsu
Population 1,410,777
Area 4017.38 sq. km

The subject of the famous artist Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e paintings “Eight Views of Omi,” Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県, Shiga-ken) is famous for its many picturesque views thanks to Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake.

The lake and the surrounding area are perfect for water sports and outdoor activities, while much of Shiga avoided damage from World War II and the rapid urbanization right after it, making it a great place to relax and a prime day trip location from nearby Kyoto and Osaka. Enryaku-ji is one of the most important temples in Japan, while Hikone Castle is one of just four castles that are classified as national treasures.

The city of Koka has the Ninja Village, a very interesting attraction for domestic and foreign tourists alike. Shiga is also well known for its delicious food, including Omi beef and funa-zushi.

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