Shiga Prefecture, nestled in the Kansai region of Japan, is a haven of natural beauty and ancient history. Its claim to fame is Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake, offering stunning vistas and various water activities. Historically significant, Shiga is dotted with ancient shrines and temples including Hikone Castle, one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. The prefecture is also known for its unique regional cuisine, with dishes like funazushi and Omi beef. Rich in traditional culture, Shiga is a captivating place that offers a tranquil retreat from the bustling city life.
By Shinkansen (Bullet Train):
- From Tokyo: Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Maibara Station in Shiga. The journey takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes and costs around 14,000 yen one-way for an unreserved seat.
- From Osaka: Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Maibara Station. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes and costs around 3,500 yen one-way for an unreserved seat.
By Regular Train:
- From Kyoto: Take the JR Biwako Line from Kyoto Station to Otsu Station (the prefectural capital). The journey takes about 10 minutes and costs 240 yen.
- From Tokyo: There are night buses from Tokyo to Hikone and Nagahama in Shiga. The journey takes about 7-8 hours and costs around 8,000 yen one-way.
- The nearest airports to Shiga are Kansai International Airport and Itami Airport in Osaka. From these airports, you can take a train or bus to Shiga. The journey from Kansai International Airport to Otsu Station takes about 2 hours by train and costs around 2,500 yen. The journey from Itami Airport to Otsu Station takes about 1 hour by train and costs around 1,500 yen.
Please note: Costs and travel times are approximate and may vary depending on specific dates and route choices.