Found just to the north of Hikone, Shiga's former castle town of Nagahama is home to both samurai era vibes and the sacred isle of Chikubushima.
Sacred Mt. Hiei is home to a Buddhist temple named Enryaku-ji that was so influential that the warlord Oda Nobunaga was forced to attack it.
Shiga's Shirahige Shrine (lit. "White Beard Shrine") has long been a popular pilgrimage spot for those looking to live as long as they can.
Found in Shiga Prefecture, the Koka region is home to an eclectic collection of nature, ancient kilns, ninja enclaves and artsy museums.
Found in the middle of Shiga Prefecture's Lake Biwa, Chikubushima is a sacred island that is dedicated to the syncretic goddess Benzaiten.
Situated on the northern bank of Lake Biwa, Hikone Castle is one of Japan's remaining original strongholds. It is also a defensive masterclass.