Location

Local Attractions

Biwako Valley

Biwako Valley

A roughly five-minute ride on the massive, state-of-the-art ropeway gondola (121 passengers) will take you to the 1,100-meter summit with a view …

Omi Marine

Omi Marine

This sightseeing cruise travels to Lake Biwa’s islands of Chikubushima and Takeshima. The view from the cruise ship gives a true sense of the …

Waterways of Omi-Hachiman

Waterways of Omi-Hachiman

Take part in a charming trip where you’ll tour the expansive, reed-lined “suigo” canals and explore the historic streets of the Omi …

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo

This is the Kyoto-Shiga area’s first fully-featured outlet mall, sited in the verdant surroundings of Ryuo, Shiga, at the side of the Zenkoji …

Biwako Cruise

Biwako Cruise

The cruise ship Michigan starts its services from the Prince Hotel port. Enjoy cheerful presentations by the crew as you experience the …

Hachimanyama Ropeway

Hachimanyama Ropeway

Hachimanyama is the site of the ruins of Hachimanyama Castle, which was built by Toyotomi Hidetsugu, nephew of the Sengoku Period daimyo Toyotomi …

Shizugatake Lift

Shizugatake Lift

Mt. Shizugatake was the site of the Battle of Shizugatake in 1583, and this is where seven of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s finest officers made their …

Sekishoan Teahouse, Biwako Bunka Park

Sekishoan Teahouse, Biwako Bunka Park

Enjoy matcha tea in the serenity of a Japanese garden at the “Sekishoan Teahouse”, located in Biwako Bunka Park.

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[Koto Sanzan] Kongorinji Temple

[Koto Sanzan] Kongorinji Temple

“Koto Sanzan” refers to three Tendai sect temples: Saimyoji, Kongorinji, and Hyakusaiji. These temples are located east of the lake on the …

[Koto Sanzan] Hyakusaiji Temple

[Koto Sanzan] Hyakusaiji Temple

“Koto Sanzan” refers to three Tendai sect temples : Saimyoji,Kongorinji, and Hyakusaiji. These temples are located east of the lake on the …

[Koto Sanzan] Saimyoji Temple

[Koto Sanzan] Saimyoji Temple

“Koto Sanzan” refers to three Tendai sect temples : Saimyoji,Kongorinji, and Hyakusaiji. These temples are located east of the lake on the …

Garden Museum Hiei

Garden Museum Hiei

This open-air museum is inspired by the works of the French impressionist painters. The museum features reproductions of works by Monet, Renoir, …

Find a good thing and place! Otsu Walking Tour

Find a good thing and place! Otsu Walking Tour

During the Edo Period, Otsu was called “Otsu hyakucho”, the 53rd and final post-town on the Tokaido, the highway from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto. …

Ukimido (floating temple)

Ukimido (floating temple)

In his haiku poem about Ukimido, renowned poet Matsuo Basho wrote, “open the lock, let the moon shine in?Floating Temple”. …

Shigaraki Ware

Shigaraki Ware

Enjoy abundant natural beauty around the town of Shigaraki, where the art of pottery has flourished since ancient …

Seta no Karahashi Bridge

Seta no Karahashi Bridge

Karahashi Bridge has been a familiar landmark to countless travellers throughout the …

Sakamoto

Sakamoto

Sakamoto, which prospered as a temple town of Hieizan Enryakuji Temple, has about fifty temples with …

The Former Chikurin-in ( Kyuchikurinin )

The Former Chikurin-in ( Kyuchikurinin )

As one of the Satobo (Monks’ residence in a temple in a mountain village), the Old Bamboo Institute is among most prestigious Enryakuji …

Mizunomori Water Botanical Garden (Kusatsu Aquatic Botanial Garden)

Mizunomori Water Botanical Garden (Kusatsu Aquatic Botanial Garden)

Located to the east of the city of Kusatsu and the Karasuma Peninsula, this botanical garden features an abundance of flowers …

Miidera Temple (Onjo-ji)

Miidera Temple (Onjo-ji)

Miidera Temple, officially named Onjo-ji, houses the well-known “evening bell at …

Miho Museum

Miho Museum

The nature, architecture and art of Shigaraki combined together created a harmonized space of …

Lake Biwa Museum

Lake Biwa Museum

Lake Biwa Museum’s various exhibits, chalked full of fascinating details, enable you to look back on several million years of Lake Biwa-area …

Lake Biwa Cruise

Lake Biwa Cruise

Lake Biwa Cruise is a sightseeing vessel can be boarded from the hotel-front pier (Nionohei Sightseeing …

Ishiyamadera Temple

Ishiyamadera Temple

Ishiyama-dera Temple is famous as the place where Murasaki Shikibu was inspired to write The Tale of Genji, but it is also beloved as a “temple of …

Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine

Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine

The Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, head shrine for Japan’s more than 3,800 Sanno …

Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle

The Tenshukaku tower of Hikone Castle has been designated as a special historic national treasure. The picturesque sight of the moonlight …

Hieizan Enryakuji Temple

Hieizan Enryakuji Temple

Enryakuji, a World Heritage Site and head temple of the Tendai Buddhist sect, is a truly majestic and sacred …

Harie

Harie

Harie District located in the Shinasahich? of Takashima City was selected as one of the origins of the 100 Best Water Selections in …

Hakodateyama Ski Area

Hakodateyama Ski Area

Once ski season begins, ski to your heart’s content in perfect show, both natural and from snowmaking equipment, while taking in stunning views of …

Kurokabe Square

Kurokabe Square

Kurokabe Square is home to charming buildings harking back to the Meiji …

Kids Kabuki in Nagahama

Kids Kabuki in Nagahama

Today’s “Nagahama Hikiyama Festival” originated from the festival parade performed in Nagahama Hachiman Shrine based on the gold dust served …

Cherry Blossoms at Kaizu-Osaki (spring)

Cherry Blossoms at Kaizu-Osaki (spring)

In the spring at Kaizu-Osaki, along the shore of Lake Biwa, you can pass through a stunning tunnel of 600 cherry trees in full …

Biwako Hana Funsui (Lake Biwa flower fountain)

Biwako Hana Funsui (Lake Biwa flower fountain)

Marvel at the world’s largest fountain?measuring around 400 meters in …

The Otsu-e Shop (The Otsu Paintings Shop)

The Otsu-e Shop (The Otsu Paintings Shop)

The most well-known local souvenir that is representative of Otsu is the Otsu-e (Otsu Paintings). There are now many different varieties from plates …