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Update: June 10, 2013

Attractions

Beautiful Shiga

Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan and one of the symbols of Shiga Prefecture, is known for some of the most picturesque landscapes in Japan. These landscapes are indelibly etched in the hearts of Shiga's residents as the Eight Views of Lake Biwa and the Eight Views of Omi.

The Eight Views of Lake Biwa

The Eight Views of Lake Biwa were selected to showcase the grandeur and diversity of the landscapes surrounding Lake Biwa.

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1 – Early Morning Fog
The Rocks of Kaizu-osaki

The Rocks of Kaizu-osaki

A mystical fog rising from Lake Biwa envelops this craggy shore in the mornings. A rough and magnificent landscape.

2 – Cool Breeze
The White Shore of Omatsu-zaki

Cool Breeze

The green pines and white sands along this shore are celebrated in the Lake Biwa Rowing Song.

3 – Misty Rain
The Forest of Mount Hiei

Misty Rain

A tranquil atmosphere permeates this misty ancient forest. Home to Enryaku-ji.

4 – Evening Sun
The Waters of Seta and Ishiyama

Evening Sun

The exquisite beauty of the sunset reflecting on the Seta River, over which the Karahashi Bridge passes, is widely renowned.

5 – Fresh Snow
The View from
Mount Shizugatake

Fresh Snow

Noted in the annals of history as the location of the famous Battle of Shizugatake, fought between Hashiba Hideyoshi and Shibata Katsuie.

6 – Deep Green
The Subtle Reflection of
Chikubu Island

Deep Green

The reflection of this verdant island on the blue surface of the lake is one of Lake Biwa's best known sights.

7 – Moonlight
Hikone
Castle

Moonlight

When seen basked in moonlight, the weighty history of this ancient castle is clearly sensed.

8 – Spring Colors
The Water Channels of
Azuchi and Hachiman

Spring Colors

A web-like network of channels extends from Lake Nishi-no-ko. Covered boat tours through the reeds are very popular.

The Eight Views of Omi

Inspired by The Eight Views of Xiaoxiang in Hunan, China, The Eight Views of Omi are said to have been selected by imperial regent Konoe Masaie approximately 500 years ago during the Muromachi period (1336-1573). These scenes are widely known through the work of famed woodblock print artist Ando Hiroshige.

The Eight Views of Omi

Evening Snow on Mount Hira

Descending Geese at Katata

Evening Rain on Karasaki

Evening Bell at Mii Temple

Evening Snow on Mount Hira

Descending Geese at Katata

Evening Rain on Karasaki

Evening Bell at Mii Temple

Clearing Skies at Awazu

Boats Returning to Yabase

Sunset at Seta

Autumn Moon on at Ishiyama

Clearing Skies at Awazu

Boats Returning to Yabase

Sunset at Seta

Autumn Moon on at Ishiyama