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
On this page, we will post everything interesting, beautiful, cool, exciting, yummy and fun we found around Lake Biwa!
JR Kosei Line, which stretches northwards along the western shore of Lake Biwa (Kosei literally means “the west of the lake”), is acknowledged as one of the most scenic train lines in Kansai region. Taking a Kosei-bound train from Kyoto Station and passing through two tunnels, you emerge on the southern tip of the lake, … Read more
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
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
Located on the side of a mountain facing Seta River, the ancient temple complex of Ishiyama-dera has been overlooking the southern edge of Lake Biwa and water slowly flowing from there for over 1,200 years. As the name Ishiyama — literally a stony mountain — represents, one major feature of the temple is its rocky … Read more
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
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
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
Our blog “YUJournal” has now started! On this blog, we will irregurally post whatever attractive about Shiga Prefecture and Lake Biwa.