Best Things to Do in Otsu #5
Create, eat, and walk. Spend a day in a town of Japanese sweets.
An ideal country town with a love for Japanese sweets and the charms of the primal scenery of Japan.
About 20 minutes by car from Ishiyama Station, amid the mountains south of Setagawa River, is Sunainosato.
Kanou Shoujuan, one of the sweets shops typical of Shiga, is a flagship shop rich in nature.
It was built on a small mountain that was once a small hamlet.
On expansive grounds over 20 hectares in size, you’ll find a range of facilities, including sweets shops, tea shops, restaurants, bakery cafes, tearooms, plum forests, pottery workshops, kilns, paper-making workshops, plant shops handling mountain grasses, and trails.
Plans to satisfy your intellectual curiosity, such as Japanese sweets cooking classes taught by skilled craftspersons, and tea ceremonies where you can enjoy matcha tea while appreciating the gardens, are available.
Spend a luxurious time in a sensory experience of the four seasons and culture, as you relax your spirit among the grasses, trees, and flowers. It’s a place to spend a full leisurely day.
About 1,000 joshuhaku plum trees bloom in the spring and bear fruit at the end of the rainy season. Stroll through a tunnel of plum trees and feel the four seasons in the scent of the breeze.
Experience the heart of traditional Japan by participating in a Japanese sweets cooking class, patiently taught by a veteran craftsperson.
Take in the bounty of nature at restaurants inside the grounds, through healthy meals made with ingredients born in Shiga.