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Beginner's Guide to Shiga - Sightseeing Highlights Around Japan's Lake Biwa Region

Hikone, Nagahama Other Sightseeing

Shiga Prefecture is located almost directly in the middle of Japan's chain of islands. With Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, dominating around around 1/6th of the prefecture visitors can experience beautiful natural scenery in every season. With its strategic location, Shiga has long had a highly developed economy and culture, and to this day many historic landmarks and city districts remain. This extends to its cuisine as well: Shiga is famous for the carp and sweetfish, and an abundant and profound food culture of "freshwater fish cuisine" unlike that in any other prefecture has been cultivated over the years.

Osaka's New Can't-Miss Hot Spring Theme Park “Solaniwa Onsen” Is Waiting For You!

USJ, Nanko Port Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

Relaxing in a hot spring is one of the best things about traveling in Japan. Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower is an excellent place to experience a wide variety of hot springs and enjoy various shows. Only about 8 minutes from JR Osaka Station, it’s conveniently located for Osaka sightseers and even offers a free shuttle service to nearby Universal Studios Japan. So put on a yukata and feel your fatigue slip away!

Breakfast in Kobe: Start your day in an elegant way with these top 3 restaurants!

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Other Restaurants

Many expats live in the port city of Kobe, a city noted for its many fashionable shops having an international feel. Here there are many patisseries selling delicious bread and many people come from great distances just to buy it. As such, you can find some wonderful breakfasts in Kobe - which in Japanese are simply called “morning”. In this article we will introduce three places that offer particularly Kobe-like breakfasts!

Kyoyo’s Kitano Tenmangu Shrine: Enjoy a stroll among the spring plum blossoms

kyoto Suburbs Shrines

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto was built in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, revered in the Shinto religion as the god of learning. The shrine is renowned for its gorgeous plum blossoms which bloom from the beginning of February to the end of March. There are plenty of other points of interest in the grounds as well as the plum blossoms, and today we’ll tell you about some of these.

Kyoto Metro Map: Complete Guide to Kyoto’s Trains & Subways

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Other Sightseeing

Looking at a map of Kyoto's train and subway system can seem a little intimidating at first! There are a blend of subway lines plus various private railroads in the area, giving you a range of options. Here we'll introduce Kyoto's train and subway lines, plus show which stations are closest to the main temples, sights and other points of interest in Kyoto!

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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