Biwako Quasi-National Park includes Lake Yogo, Mt. Ibuki, Mt. Hira and Mt. Hiei; it extends over one-sixth of the area of Shiga. Shiga has a number of scenic beauty spots, including Omi Hakkei, or eight scenic views of Omi, which resemble views of Lake Tungtinghu in Hunan, China.
Chiyo Shrine. Chiyo Shrine is dedicated to two Shinto gods, Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto and Sarutahiko, and has been designated as a nationally Important Cultural Property for the nagare-zukuri (streamlined gable style) of its main hall. The gods enshrined here are said to be the ancestor gods of the arts and performance.
A small temple but is worth visiting first when you come to Hikone. The small temple is located just 5 minute walk from JR Hikone Station and is called “Kobo-san in front of the station” by everyone in and around Hikone. Daishiji is famous as the only one temple in Japan that enshrines the Sleeping Kobo.
Hikone Castle Museum’s Information Guide. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Hikone, the Hikone Castle Museum was opened on February 11, 1987. The museum building is a reconstruction of the castle’s Omote Goten (front hall), which used to be the Hikone fief office during the Edo period (1615-1868).
The ridge of Kamaha castle is a narrow and sharp one sandwiched by steep slope, and becomes a source of the name Kamaha, which means edge of sickle. Important area of local communication Current Shiga prefecture spreads whole direction of Lake Biwako, but east side of the lake is divided by narrow path from Hikone city to Maibara city.
Lake Biwa (Japanese: 琵琶湖, Hepburn: Biwa-ko) is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, located in Shiga Prefecture (west-central Honshu), northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto. Because of its proximity to the ancient capital, references to Lake Biwa appear frequently in Japanese literature, particularly in poetry and in historical accounts of battles.
Taga Taisha Shrine Taga Taisha is a shrine with a history so long, it is even mentioned in Japan's oldest historical written work, the Kojiki. The shrine was once so frequently visited that a "monthly pilgrimage to Great Taga" was mentioned in poems of the time.