Welcome to Shiga Prefecture! Located east of Kyoto (ten minutes train ride), Shiga is dominated by the largest freshwater lake in Japan, Lake Biwa (Biwako). 37% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks (the highest total of any prefecture in Japan). Close to Kyoto and blessed with Lake Biwa, mountains, and well-preserved medieval castle, Shiga Prefecture is not to be missed.


Shiga is most known for its gorgeous Lake Biwa and nature-filled area for outdoor activities. It is also home to many ancient festivals and uncrowded art spaces.


Home of numerous gods and demons in Shinto lore


Most famous for its feudal castle and quirky festivals

Omi Hachiman

Nicely preserved old town with historic canal

Lake Biwa

Japan's largest lake known for its floating torii gate and rare wildlife

We arrange a wide array of meal choices for you, from Japanese traditional set meals, all you can eat, to local and seasonal specialties. Join us in exploring the taste of Japan!

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Different regions have their own traditional recipes and agricultural farming system. Many of the regional dishes can only be tasted in the original area they came from.

Omi Beef

One of Japan’s top three wagyu, omi beef which uses Japanese black cattle grown in Shiga Prefecture has the longest history (over 400 years) and is appreciated by many due to its relatively reasonable price, well-marbled fatty meat, mellow smell, and clean aftertaste. Omi beef is perfect in many dishes including steak, sukiyaki hot pot, or shabu shabu.


Funa-zushi is a type of fermented sushi made using crucian carp from Lake Biwa. The fish (preferably female crucian carp with roe) is preserved in salt, aged for a year, then compressed with steamed rice, and fermented for up to four years. In recent years, the numbers of crucian carp have decreased, and funa-zushi has become expensive. It has a strong, tangy smell (similar to blue cheese) and tastes a bit peculiar and delicious.

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Whether this is your first time visiting, or returning, make sure to participate in these unique activities, that cannot be done elsewhere!

Water Activities

Water Activities

Lake Biwa is popular throughout the year for its diverse range of watersports such as kayaking, canoeing, banana boat rides, SUP yoga, surfing, wakeboarding, water ball, and more. Visitors get up close with Lake Biwa's famous torii gate, Shirahige Shrine. Prices vary depending on the activity chosen.

Winter Sport

Winter Sport

Shiga receives generous amounts of snow in winter, which adorn its many beautiful mountains and hills. Visitors can visit Shiga Kogen ski resort for snowshoe hikes, snowboarding, and skiing on the amazing slopes. Visitors also can buy tickets and use the lifts and as well as gondolas.

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Recommended Hotels

Never miss out good deals on these strategic and well known hotels. Contact us for more information!

APA Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae

Biwako Hotel

Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel

Vessel Inn Shiga Moriyama Ekimae

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More Ideas

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