Shiga

Home to expansive Lake Biwa, the biggest freshwater body of water in Japan, Shiga Prefecture has long been an important part of the country.

Sep 30, 2021

Needing Nagahama

Needing Nagahama

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.

Mar 11, 2021

Mt. Hiei & Enryaku-ji

Mt. Hiei & Enryaku-ji

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.

May 10, 2019

Shirahige Shrine

Shirahige Shrine

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.

Feb 16, 2017

Historic Hikone Castle

Historic Hikone Castle

Situated on the northern bank of Lake Biwa, Hikone Castle is one of Japan's remaining original strongholds. It is also a defensive masterclass.