Lake Biwa Area
Have you ever slowed down your car at the sight of beautiful scenery on your journey? Low-profile Dawn Redwood Avenue at Shiga Prefecture’s Makino offers such a view that is so inviting that you can’t help pulling up and enjoying a stroll!
Jimi Kogetsu: Authentic Japanese cuisine so good there's a 2-year wait for a lunch reservation!Read Later
Yes, you read that right. You’ll have to book your lunch 2 years in advance here. And when I arrived, the restaurant was at full capacity with people who had done just that.
This fire festival has a history of around 800 years. It is held to pray for good health and avoidance of illness.
Tendai Buddhist Sect’s Kongourinji Temple – Private Display of Japan’s Oldest Daikokuten (God of Wealth) – Special Public DisplayRead Later
At Kongourinji Temple, one of the three Koto Sanzan Temples of the Tendai Sect, lives a statue of Daikokuten (God of Wealth) from the Heian Period (793-1185). Usually not on public display, this statue is open for viewing as a special event.
For six months after October, “The culture of water” campaign will take place in Shiga, especially around lake Biwa.
Before the campaign starts, I decided to visit the eastern and northern sides of lake Biwa. The themes of my excursions are “water and life”, “water and prayer”, and “water and food”.
I walked around, talk to locals, and ate local cuisine to re-discover the charm of this beautiful area and “The culture of water”.
Tennei-ji (Gohyakurakan)Read Later
Founded in 1811, Tennei-ji is a temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, built atop a hill that overlooks the nearby town.
It is said that Ii Naonaka, lord of the Hikone clan, had a female servant named Wakatake executed for falling pregnant with an illegitimate child while working in a male-barred place. However, upon later learning that he was the father, he built Tennei-ji to memorialize Wakatake and his son.
Wacoal Factory Store is an outlet shop that has a range of inner wears of Wacoal, the biggest brand in Japan. While maintaining its high quality, the store offers Wacoal products at reasonable prices.