Shiga Quiz

Updated: Jan. 30, 2018

Take the Shiga Quiz and see how much you know about Shiga Prefecture!

Shiga Quiz has 100 wide-ranging questions covering Shiga’s culture, history, historical figures, art, and major sights and products. It’s a long quiz that may require 45 min. or longer to complete. However, there’s no time limit to finish the quiz.

You will see 25 questions per page. After answering 25 questions, click on “Continue” at the page bottom to see the next page. If you don’t see the “Continue” button, it means you have not answered all the questions. Scroll backward to answer any unanswered questions. A few questions have many answers (as many as 20!) to choose from. On older browsers, the questions might not be displayed in the proper order.

This quiz requires no registration and no fees. You shall remain anonymous and no personal data about you will be collected. Quiz authored by Philbert Ono.

There is also the shorter and easier Shiga Image Quiz with 50 questions.

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Shiga Quiz (Ver. 1.00)

Shiga Prefecture is...
Shiga Prefecture is on ________ island.
You can easily find Shiga on a map of Japan by looking for...
Shiga's most prominent natural feature is...
Shiga is next to all these prefectures except...
Shiga Prefecture is in the _______ Region of Japan.
Shiga Prefecture is famous for all the following except:
"Shiga Prefecture" in Japanese is called:
What is Shiga's old name?
The population of Shiga is about:
Shiga's cities and towns are all the following except:
The correct pronunciation of "Hikone" (name of a city) is:
The correct pronunciation of "Maibara" (name of a city) is:
When traveling to Shiga via shinkansen bullet train, you should get off at...
All these train lines run through Shiga except:
Tourist information centers are in the following train stations in Shiga except:
The Koka/Koga ninja was from where in Shiga?
Commonly decorating shop and restaurant entrances in Japan, the auspicious tanuki (raccoon dog) statue is originally from...
This common roadside sign in Shiga...
Hikone's official mascot Hiko-nyan is:
This ubiquitous sign in Shiga indicates...
The following are true about Lake Biwa except:
Lake Biwa scenery includes all the following except:
One of Japan's three great shrines dedicated to Benzaiten (Benten), the goddess of music, water, and anything that flows, is where in Shiga?
The following are true about bicycling in Shiga except:
Shiga has a World Heritage Site at...
Enryakuji Temple is on a sacred mountain called...
Shiga has 22 buildings that are National Treasures. Among the 47 prefectures, this is the ____ highest number of National Treasure buildings in Japan.
Which castle in Shiga is a National Treasure?
All these Buddhist temple buildings in Shiga are National Treasures except:
All these Shinto shrines in Shiga are National Treasures except:
Which garden or park in Shiga is this?
The Koto Sanzan Temple Trio in eastern Shiga are the following except:
The Konan Sanzan Temple Trio (all National Treasures) in Konan city are the following except:
Shiga's most beautiful buildings that are not National Treasures include the following except:
Actor Harrison Ford once visited this home in Shiga:
Shiga's nationally-designated traditional townscapes and cultural landscapes include the following except:
This famous delicacy of Shiga is...
Other famous local food and drinks from Shiga include the following except:
Shiga's traditional crafts include all the following except:
Other great souvenirs from Shiga include the following except:
The following are true about Lake Biwa pearls except:
Shiga's popular shopping places include all the following except:
Roadside stations (michi-no-eki) and other shops in Shiga selling local produce and gifts include the following except:
Shiga's most popular shrine for New Year's prayers (hatsumode) is...
Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Spots includes two places in Shiga. One is Hokoen Park (Nagahama Castle), and the other is...
Which float festival in Shiga is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage?
Shiga's fire festivals include the following except:
Shiga's major portable shrine festivals include the following except:
Shiga's traditional dance festivals include the following except:
Shiga's rice-planting festivals are held as follows except at...
Shiga's historical costume festivals include the following except:
Shiga's horse festivals include the following except:
Shiga's history museums include the following except:
Shiga's major art museums for the public include the following except:
Famous traditional artists from Shiga include the following except:
Shiga's most impressive public art include the following except:
This kind of painting is called....
Woodblock artist Hiroshige's "Eight Views of Omi" (Omi Hakkei) include the following except:
Lake Biwa tourist boats depart from the following ports except:
At Otsu Port, why is this paddlewheel boat named "Michigan?"
These major tourist boats operate on Lake Biwa except:
This ship named Uminoko "Floating School" is ...
Shiga's official bird is the...
Lake Biwa's endemic species (found nowhere else in the world) include the following except:
Lake Biwa's invasive species include the following except:
The following is true about reeds in Lake Biwa except:
This arrow-shaped thing in the lake is...
Shiga's highest mountain is...
Shiga's mountain ranges are the following except the...
A legendary giant man called Daidara-botchi dug up the ground to create Lake Biwa. What did he do with all that dirt?
When the legendary warrior-prince Yamato Takeru came to Shiga, what happened?
Modeled after an ancient bronze bell (dotaku), this mascot named "Dotaku-kun" must be from:
Founded in 806 as a Tendai Buddhist temple by Shiga-born priest Saicho, Enryakuji was where all these famous monks once trained except:
The classic Japanese novel, "The Tale of Genji" (Genji Monogatari), was written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century supposedly at...
All these famous samurai once lived in Shiga (Omi) except:
Oda Nobunaga built and lived in which castle in Shiga?
Toyotomi Hideyoshi built and lived in which castle in Shiga?
This sculpture in front of JR Nagahama Station's east entrance shows...
In front of JR Hikone Station, this is a statue of...
The red samurai armor and "tic-tac-toe" crest indicate that they belong to the...
Did Koka ninja really walk on water like this?
The following is true about the famous Azai Sister Trio (Chacha, Go, and Hatsu) except:
During the Edo Period (1603–1868), lodging or post towns called "shukuba" were established along the major roads from Edo (Tokyo). The shukuba had the following basic facilities except:
Tokaido Road shukuba lodging towns in Shiga were the following except (images by woodblock print artist Hiroshige):
Nakasendo Road shukuba towns in Shiga were the following except (images by woodblock artist Hiroshige):
National Historic Sites and Special National Historic Sites in Shiga include the following except:
All the following is true about Ii Naosuke (1815-1860) except:
All the following is true about Omi merchants (Omi shonin) except:
All these nationally-known companies have founding roots in Shiga except:
American architect and Christian missionary William Merrell Vories (1881-1964) based in Omi-Hachiman designed all these buildings in Shiga except:
All the following is true about Lake Biwa Canal (Biwako Sosui) except:
Shiga's most famous song is...
Racehorse design on a sidewalk, this must be in...
Famous pop culture related to Shiga includes the following except:
Besides Hiko-nyan, Shiga's many mascot characters include the following except:
These universities have a campus in Shiga except:
Hot springs (onsen) in Shiga include the following except:
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