Koto Sanzan Temple Trio autumn foliage 2022

Koto Sanzan (湖東三山) is Shiga Prefecture’s famous trio of autumn foliage spots. The fall leaves are spectacular, contrasting with distinctive National Treasure Tendai…

Summer 2022 fireworks in Shiga Prefecture

Here’s the 2022 summer fireworks (hanabi) schedule for Shiga Prefecture (Shiga-ken hanabi) listed by date. Due to the pandemic, fireworks in the following…

Lake Yogo cherry blossoms

Every April, cherry blossoms around Lake Yogo bloom quietly with little fanfare. No crowds and no noise except the breeze and rippling water.…

Ohmi Railways Hino Station revitalized

The town of Hino (日野町) in eastern Shiga Prefecture, Japan has always had an active movement to preserve or restore its traditional buildings,…
mt ibuki

Snow Cruise on Lake Biwa

Besides skiing, what else can we do in Shiga in winter? Let me suggest a snow cruise on Lake Biwa. After a snowfall,…

Lake Biwa Rowing Song Museum

Biwako Shuko no Uta aka Lake Biwa Rowing Song is Shiga Prefecture’s most famous song born in Imazu, Takashima. First composed by a…

Koto Sanzan Temple Trio autumn foliage 2021

Note: For the 2022 autumn season, see https://shiga-ken.com/blog/2022/10/koto-sanzan-temple-trio-autumn-foliage-2022/ In 2021, the Koto Sanzan autumn foliage peak season will be November 20th–23rd, 2021. Convenient shuttle…

Odani Castle shuttle buses

In Nagahama, the Azai Clan’s Odani Castle is one of Japan’s most historic castles very much worth a visit. But it’s a mountain…
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