Shiga Prefecture is located to the North West of Kyoto. The capital of Shiga Prefecture is Otsu, but the prefecture is dominated by Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Much of the history of Shiga Prefecture revolves around Kyoto, particularly when it was the capital of Japan. Shiga Prefecture attractions include Hikone Castle (one of the four best preserved Japanese Castle), Enyakuji Temple complex (World Heritage Site), Chikubushima Island, the town of Nagahama and Lake Biwa.


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  • Azuchi Castle

    Azuchi Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle, almost directly above Lake Sainoko and close to the shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture not far from Kyoto. Oda Nobunaga order the construction of Azuchi Castle in 1576 and it was completed in 1579. Azuchi Castle was specifically positioned to provide protection for Kyoto, read more

  • Azuchi-Hachiman

    Azuchi-Hachiman in the Nishi-no-ko Lake area of the greater Lake Biwa Shiga Prefecture, from Omi Hachiman to Azuchi, is Japan’s largest waterfront area.

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    Chikubushima Island

    Chikubushima Island is a small island on Lake Biwa Shiga, near Kyoto. Chikubushima Island features famous scenery, Hogonji Temple, Tuskubusuma Jinja Shrine and forest.

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    Enryakuji Temple

    Enryakuji Temple is a Buddhist temple, which was established in 788 on Mt Hiei, where it looks over Kyoto. Enryakuji Temple expanded over the years to become a large temple complex and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Gansan Daishi-do (Shikikodo) Enryakuji Temple

    Gansan Daishi-do (Shikikodo) Enryakuji Temple is the old site of the house of Gansan Daishi (Jie Daishi). Later it became to be called Shikikodo (Four Seasons Lecture Hall) as lectures of Hokke-Kyo were given here during each of the four seasons. Gansan Daishi (Jie Daishi) is enshrined in this building. Gansan Daishi-do is part of read more

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    Genkyuen Garden

    Genkyuen Garden is in the grounds of the famous Hikone Castle. Genkyuen Garden is modelled on a detached palace of Emperor Genso of the Tang dynasty in ancient China, this Chisen-kaiyu style garden (landscaped around a large pond) was constructed in 1677.


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