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Shiga

What is Shiga?

Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.

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Climate

What to Wear

Jan
Warm Cloth
Warm Cloth
Feb
Warm Cloth
Warm Cloth
Mar
Warm Cloth
Warm Cloth
Apr
Jacket
Jacket
May
Long
Long
Jun
Long
Long
Jul
Short
Short
Aug
Short
Short
Sep
Long
Long
Oct
Long
Long
Nov
Jacket
Jacket
Dec
Warm Cloth
Warm Cloth
Based on the Meteorological Agency "past weather data", created NAVITIME

Getting Around

The two best places to commence your Shiga journey are Kyoto and Hikone. The Tokaido-Sanyo Line runs the circumference of Lake Biwa, which makes a day trip from Kyoto to the great freshwater lake an easy option. Alternately, head directly to Maibara Station from Tokyo Station on the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen in 2.5 hours. Found on the eastern side of the lake, Maibara is just five minutes from Hikone by train.

Getting Around Hikone
2017-05-31
Getting Around Hikone

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