6 Spectacular Sights to See and Things to Do Around Japan’s Lake Biwa This Summer

Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), also known as Biwako, is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. With its long history, it is sometimes called the “Mother Lake.” Lake Biwa offers spectacular sights and activities that you can enjoy in daytime or at nighttime. Since summer in Japan is coming up, beat the heat by surrounding yourself with…

Top 10 Things to Do in Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta!

What is Omi Jingu (近江神宮) like? It’s a fiery place that burns with the passion of every Karuta player who has played in a competition. Discover the charms of Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta! Omi Jingu is a shrine in Otsu City (大津市), Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県). It is located at the foot of…

Explore the World of Ninja by Visiting This Ninja House in Shiga, Japan

Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki (甲賀流忍術屋敷), roughly translated as “Koka-style house of ninja techniques,” is also known as the Koka Ninja House in English. It is the former residence of Mochizuki Izumonokami (望月出雲守), the head of the leading family of the 53 Koka ninja families. Let’s take a journey to this last true ninja house located in…

4 Picture-Perfect Spots Worth Traveling to in Shiga Prefecture

One of the perfect places to relax at is located in the middle of Japan. The prefecture of Shiga (滋賀県) is where you can find Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), the largest lake in the country. Shiga is a mountainous place as it is surrounded by Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山) to the east, Mt. Hira-san (比良山) and Mt.…

Are You In Kansai? Don’t Miss This Soundscaped Japanese Garden!

Japan’s large, beautiful stroll gardens are well-known all over the world. They usually originated in the Edo period and are associated with villas owned by aristocrats. Some of these gardens have been designed using an abstract concept known as ‘karikomi’, a way of grouping plants in order to create one shape. The Horai Garden found…

Immerse Yourself in Otsu’s Culture With These 2 Activities

Otsu is the capital city of Shiga Prefecture. It once flourished in the southwestern area as a post station along Tokaido Street. There are numerous historical sites and cultural assets that are found in the city. There are also a number of events and activities worth visiting and trying. Visit Enryaku-ji Temple aisucafe.deviantart.com/ Enryaku-ji Temple…

Train for your own Ninja License in Shiga!

For anyone that thinks of Japan, there’s always a few things that jump straight into their minds. One of these things is Ninjas. An iconic symbol of Japan and its history, Ninjas have always been portrayed in popular media as being strong, quick, and stealthy. Well, whether you possess these qualities or not; you can…

One of the greatest castles, Azuchi Castle

en.wikipedia.org/ The Palace of The Warlord Azuchi Castle was a castle, like no other in Japanese history. It was built by one of Japan’s most powerful warlords, and first conqueror of Japan, Oda Nobunaga. This castle was the perfect representation of Nobunaga himself, grandiose, ambitious, larger-than-life, and sadly doomed. Azuchi Castle en.wikipedia.org/ Azuchi castle was…
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