Take a Ride on This Sightseeing Ship and See Great Views of Japan’s Lake Biwa

Brave the waters aboard the newest sightseeing ship in the Kansai region – Naomasa! Sightseeing ship Naomasa started its operations in March 2017. Managed by Ohmi Marine, the ship embarks on the Chikubu Island Cruise which takes its passengers to Chikubu Island. This island is located in the northern part of Lake Biwa and is…

Expand Your Tasting Horizons and Taste the 8 Rare Delicacies of Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa is home to 595 animal species and 491 plant species and a good share of them are native to the lake. Some of these endemic species have been named as part of the eight delicacies that represent the unique tastes of the area. Have a taste of the eight rare delicacies of Lake…

Try a New Kind of Bread from Tsuruyapan, a Popular Bakery in Kansai

When you imagine a loaf of bread, what shape do you imagine? Most people probably think of a square-shaped bread loaf, but that is not the case for the bread loaves from Tsuruyapan (つるやパン). Tsuruyapan is a famous bakery located in Nagahama City in Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県長浜市). They are famous for their “salad rolls”, which…

Do You Know These 3 Great Festivals Around Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture?

One of the oldest lakes in the world and the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) possesses a long and rich history. While it is known for the many tourist spots and resorts that surround it, there are also three festivals that should not be missed when visiting the lake. Let’s find out more…

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.…
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