Shiga is a one of prefectures of Kansai Area, and it was called Omi province before. This area was very important during samurai age because it is junction of western and eastern of Japan main land. The main feature of Shiga pref is Lake Biwa, largest lake in Japan, and the lake occupies 1/6 of an area of Shiga pref.
Travel map of Shiga prefecture
The City of Shiga prefecture
- Otsu — the prefectural capital of Shiga pref.
- Azuchi — the site of one of the primary castles of Oda Nobunaga
- Hikone — the site of one of Japan's few original castles, Hikone Castle
- Koka — the homeground of Koga ninja clan
- Maibara — one of major train junctions of Tokaido Shinkansen
- Nagahama — the city of old-fashioned buildings, also hot springs are famous
- Omihachiman — the hometown of merchants who contributed to the progress of modern Japanese commerce.
Otsu is capital city of Shiga Prefecture. Otsu was capital of Japan once before capital moved to Kyoto, and after that Otsu developed as the gateway city from everywhere to Kyoto. Also, Otsu is famous for the home of Japanese Buddhism movement, so there are many temples. The most major feature of travel is Lake Biwa which is lagest lake in Japan.
Hikone is in Shiga Prefecture, near the center of Japan. Hikone lies on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa, the country's largest lake. Distinct seasons and rich natural surroundings give Hikone an appealing year-round beauty.
Nagahama is an original area of Ohmi located in north east of the fresh water sea that is Lake Biwa. Nagahama is the first town of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan, ruled as a daimyo (feudal lord) with his own castle. The are is famous for its hotsprings. Also, the Ohmi Beef Catle is well known brand.