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   panoramio.com/ Enryaku-ji…

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

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 Azuchi castle was built on…

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.…