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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 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

Oki-shima (2)

Fish traps beside the lane

(Continued from the previous post) Although the island has few so-called “tourist attractions”, walking around the Oki-shima village uncovers a lot about the local life in this “remote” enclave. Along the southwestern shore stretches the island’s only settlement, about 150 houses huddle together over the constrained strip of land backed by a mountain. The village … Read more

Raccoon dog pottery figures of Shigaraki

Tanuki figure on a street corner

Today’s post is about tanuki (raccoon dog) figures of Shigaraki. Counted as one of the towns of Japan’s “Six Old Kilns”, Shigaraki has a long long history in pottery making. While the traditional items of Shigaraki ware such as vessels, pots, tea utensils and tableware have been highly-acclaimed for centuries, what the town name is … Read more

Stone walls in Sakamoto

Facade of a stone wall

Sakamoto, having developed as a temple town of Enryakuji Temple and Hiyoshitaisha Shrine for more than a thousand years, has also been known as “a town of stone walls”. As you walk through the town upward on the gentle slopes of Mt. Hiei, you’ll see high and low dry stone walls flanking the streets and … Read more