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On this page, we will post everything interesting, beautiful, cool, exciting, yummy and fun we found around Lake Biwa!



Nagisa Park (in Moriyama)

Rape blossoms on a snow-covered field

About 15km north of Nagisa Park in Otsu City (see the previous post), on the eastern shore near the narrowest part of the Lake Biwa, there lies another park of the same name. Compared with its huge counterpart in more populated urban Otsu, this Nagisa Park (officially “Daiichi (No.1) Nagisa Park”), located on a quiet … Read more

Nagisa Park (in Otsu)

Nagisa Park facing Lake Biwa, Mt. Hiei and Mt. Hira

Got tired with concrete jungles in Osaka and tourist-packed streets in Kyoto? Away from the hectic atmosphere in big cities, Nagisa Park (literally Shore Park) in Otsu is a great place to catch fresh lake breezes and take a deep breath under the open sky. It is a waterfront park on the city centre of … Read more

Autumn leaves at Hiyoshitaisha

Autumn leaves and stone wall

Autumn has deepened around Lake Biwa. The trees are now ablaze with beautiful scarlet, orange and yellow. Along with cherry blossom in spring, the viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular seasonal activity for the Japanese for centuries. Every day the local news media report the turning of colors in the foliage at major … Read more

Oki-shima (3)

"Torii" gate at Itsuku-shima Shrine

(Continued from the previous post) With most of its land being hilly and forest, Oki-shima boasts rich wildlife. Besides a stroll around the atmospheric village, it is worth extending your walk beyond its outskirts to experience the nature of the island. From the south-western edge of the village, you can head north along a narrow … Read more

Terraced rice field in Ogi (Harvest)

Early and mid-September is the time of harvest here in Ogi. Terraced paddies are covered with a wavy golden blanket of rice, and hills and valleys are filled with the hustle-bustle of the farmers. Harvest-ready plants are now bowed down with nearly a hundred of grains fully ripen on their heads. A closer look shows … Read more

Terraced rice fields in Ogi (Summer)

Horseshoe-shaped paddy

Terraced paddy fields in Ogi, which appeared as glittering ponds this spring, are now covered with a brilliant green carpet of mostly-matured rice. Rice is very prolific. 20-centimetre-tall little seedlings have grown as high as the waist, with each bunch having 15-20 stalks. Some of them have young ears at the top already. Although the … Read more

Beaches of Lake Biwa in summer

Pine tree providing a patch of shade on the beach

Centred by the country’s largest freshwater lake and surrounded by 1,000-metre mountains, Shiga Prefecture is one of the premier destinations for those who love outdoor. All year around you can enjoy a vast array of activities including hiking, cycling, skiing, sailing, golf, fishing and many others. Now that summer is here, the major pleasure is … Read more

Terraced rice fields in Ogi

Lines of rice seedlings poking up out of the water

The memorial first post is about terraced rice fields around Ogi! Ogi is a farming village nestled on the eastern skirts of Mt. Hiei. Around the small residential area, numerous terraces of rice paddies spread across hills and valleys which look over Lake Biwa far below. While these paddies are basically properties for local farmers’ … Read more