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…

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…

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…

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…

Cycling Lake Biwa, the Biggest Lake in Japan

Known as “Mother Lake,” Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture is Japan’s largest fresh water lake, and the third oldest lake in the world (preceded by Lake Tanganyika at 2nd and Lake Baikal at 1st). 235km around, this ancient lake is a popular destination not only for cycling, but for water sports and fishing as well.…