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Shiga

Shiga surrounds Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa. It’s monstrous. Standing on the edge, it’s easy to think you’re overlooking the ocean instead. There are also a number of good mountains for hiking.

Mount Hiei (比叡山) Area

  Mount Hiei Hike Garden Museum Hiei Enryakuji Temple Kokuhoden Museum Mt. Hiei (Wikipedia) is the second highest mountain in Kyoto, at 848 meters (2,782 feet), and just a short distance northeast of downtown. It is more than just a pretty mountain though. There’s a famous temple complex at the top, Enryakuji …

Mt. Hakkyou (八経ヶ岳)

  Mt. Hakkyou (Wikipedia) is the highest point of the Omine mountain range, and the tallest peak in the Kansai area. It’s …

Mt. Bunagatake (武奈ヶ岳)

  Mt. Bunagatake is a day hike in Shiga Prefecture and is the highest peak in the Hira Mountains. It’s connected to a …

Mount Ryozen (霊仙山)

  Mt. Ryouzen, is a spectacular peak located on the eastern shores of Lake Biwa, across the valley from Mt. Ibuki. 1000m …

Mount Ibuki (伊吹山)

  Mt. Ibuki is a bald turtle-shell shaped peak located near the city of Maibara on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa, …

Konze Alps (金勝アルプス)

  Located near the shores of Lake Biwa in southern Shiga Prefecture, the Konze Alps offers a refreshing escape from the urban …

Omimaiko Beach (Lake Biwa)

  It’s a lake beach, with clean, clear blue water. You can swim without fearing jellyfish season. Omimaiko is quiet, and if …