Shiga 滋賀

view over Otsu City and Lake Biwa in the Shiga Prefecture

Shiga Prefecture is located in the Kansai Region east of Kyoto. The prefectural capital is Otsu with a population of about 340,000 people. The city is also the largest port to Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake.

Things to see in Shiga

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Shiga.

  1. Hikone Castle

    Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture

    Hikone Castle is one of few Japanese castles that have avoided destruction and reconstruction since it was finished in 1622 and used as the seat for the local feudal lords. Hikone Castle is relatively small with its three storied castle keep, but have due to its unique architecture style been designated a national treasure.

    Hikone Castle in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture

    How to get there

    The castle is a short 15 minutes walk away from Hikone Station.

  2. Genkyuen Garden

    Genkyuen Garden at Hikone Castle grounds in Shiga Prefecture

    Genkyuen Garden is located on the grounds of Hikone Castle and is a traditional Japanese landscape garden with a pond in the middle and a surrounding walking trail. Four small islands are scattered in the pond and are connected by bridges. Next to garden is the Rakurakuen Palace, a large wooden complex that served as residence to the then feudal lord's family.

    the central pond in Genkyuen Garden at Hikone Castle grounds

    How to get there

    The garden is located east of the main keep of Hikone Castle, a 20 minute walk from Hikone Station.