Shiga vista de bicicleta

Já faz 1 ano e meio desde que vim para a província de Shiga, e o meu meio de transporte favorito quando saio para me divertir por aqui é a bicicleta. Na província, existe para os ciclistas o chamado Biwaichi, que consiste em dar uma volta completa no Lago Biwa, que é o maior do…

Old Tokaido Road, Take Me Home! Pt. 2

Leaving the Seta River behind, we go to Kusatsu. The city is where the two great Edo-period highways, the Tokaido and Nakasendo, fused before continuing to Kyoto; Kusatsu-juku was the second-to-last stop on the road between the two capitals.

Old Tokaido Road, Take Me Home! Pt. 1

During the Edo period, two great highways linked the old capital, Kyoto, to the new one, Edo: the Tokaido and Nakasendo roads. They had to pass through Shiga to avoid mountains, following the south shore of Lake Biwa. You can still find remains of that time in Otsu and Kusatsu.

Honke Tsuruki Soba

What comes to mind when you think of Shiga Prefecture’s specialty products? Probably funazushi or fermented crucian carp, but there is also eel, Omi beef, and…soba noodles or ramen’s healthier cousin as I like to think of it. If you plan on traveling to Japan, you should know that there are three food noodle staples:…

Castle, Cat and Castaways

We visit Hikone, where we see Hikonyan and the castle, and then visit our last Biwa island: Takeshima!

Michigan Cruise ミシガンクルーズ

Enjoy a slice of classic Americana with a Japanese twist on the Michigan. ミシガンクルーズでは日本にいながら伝統的なアメリカ文化を楽しむことができます。 You might be confused as to why, of all things, a Huckleberry Finn-esque paddle steamer offers cruises on Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. The answer is rather simple and heartwarming – it is a show of the sister state bonds that…

Okishima Island 沖島

Did you know that Shiga Prefecture has its own cat island? This might seem surprising, as Shiga is technically a landlocked prefecture, but in addition to boasting the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa, Shiga also has the claim to fame of containing the only inhabited lake island in the country. And that island also…

Semimaru Shrine 蝉丸神社

One goal of this series is not just to introduce the most popular and well-known tourism sites in Shiga, but also lesser known attractions. Otsu specifically is a very old city, and many of its shrines, temples, and roads have their own interesting story to tell. このシリーズの目的の一つは、滋賀県の最も有名かつ人気である観光地だけではなく、知名度の低い場所も紹介することです。大津市はことに古い都市で、数ある神社、お寺、道路などにそれぞれの歴史や逸話があります。 This time we visited Semimaru Jinja, a lesser…

This Temple is NOT IN KYOTO (Hieizan Enryakuji Temple) 比叡山延暦寺

Hey Everyone! I hope you are continuing to press on during this crazy year. 皆さまこんにちは。予断を許さない状況が続いておりますが、元気にお過ごしでしょうか。 Location One of the biggest and most famous attractions in Otsu is the World Cultural Heritage Site, Hieizan Enryakuji Temple. Despite often erroneously claimed otherwise, THIS TEMPLE IS NOT IN KYOTO. I won’t put any specific blogs under fire for…

Kaizu Osaki

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all keeping your spirits up as much as you can during this time of uncertainty. This month’s video and blog are going to be a little bit different, as obviously I am limited in what I can do during this pandemic. But since we are all in desperate need…

Sunai no Sato 寿長生の郷

Hey there everyone! This month’s adventure brought Émilie and I to Sunai no Sato, a Japanese sweets & traditional experience attraction in southeast Otsu. Sunai-no-Sato is the headquarters of the Kanou Shojuan brand of wagashi, or Japanese confectionary. The sweets are made completely in-house, from the trees and fruits to the final product. This location…