Update: June 10, 2013 About Shiga

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.

Evening Snow on Mount Hira

Evening Snow on Mount Hira

Descending Geese at Katata

Descending Geese at Katata

Evening Rain on Karasaki

Evening Rain on Karasaki

Evening Bell at Mii Temple

Evening Bell at Mii Temple

Clearing Skies at Awazu

Clearing Skies at Awazu

Boats Returning to Yabase

Boats Returning to Yabase

Sunset at Seta

Sunset at Seta

Autumn Moon on at Ishiyama

Autumn Moon on at Ishiyama
キャッチコピー「母なる湖・琵琶湖。-あずかっているのは、滋賀県です。」