Trip Ideas #Shiga01

A route for resorts and activities by the lake

Central/Omi-Maiko / Hira

A nature resort of lake and mountains.

Be enchanted by the surrealistic beauty of clear blue water and the shining white sand beach. A zone for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, and other water sports is popular in season.
The beach area is dotted with barbecue and camping facilities. On the mountain side, beginners and experienced outdoors fans alike can enjoy Biwako Valley with its popular scenic terrace, trekking in the Hira Mountains and more.
You'll also find historical remains connected to diplomat Ono no Imoko, lakeside cafes, and the summer villa area of Hira.

Approx. time required
4-5 hours
Key points
of traveling
・Going by car is best when touring spots away from stations.
・Confirm the schedule if traveling by train, as departures are infrequent.
・Also enjoy active touring of the cycling road around Lake Biwa by sports-type bicycle.

Blueberry Fields Kinokuniya

A mountain restaurant focused on local ingredients.
A superb Lake Biwa view with organic vegetable and herb dishes that are good for your health. Enjoy blueberry picking in summer.

■ Blueberry Fields Kinokuniya
Address 673 Ikadachi Kamiryu-ge-cho
Open 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
* Lunch and dinner require reservations
(dinner available on Saturday and Sunday only)
Closed Thursday, Friday (closed during January and February)
Parking Available
Contact TEL: +81-77-598-2623

Transit time: 15 min. by car


BSC Watersports Centre

Stand-up paddleboarding experience at Lake Biwa.

■ BSC Watersports Centre
Address 4-1 Minamifunaji, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture 520-0516
Parking 25 cars (Free)
Business Hours 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Open all July and August. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and New Years holidays.
Price ・Kayak or SUP 70 min course: 4,500 yen per person for elementary school students (Tax incl.)
*Prices may change without notice.
Capacity Depends on course.
Reservation Reservations are accepted only the day before, or on the day of your visit.  Tel: +81-77-592-0127

Transit time: 10 min. by car


Hot Station Hira

Buy delicious, locally-made souvenirs.

■ Hot Station Hira
Business Hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Until 4:30 p.m. from November to February)
Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Contact TEL: +81-77-596-1679

Transit time: 5 min. by car



An onsen hot spring where you can enjoy the nature of Hira.

■ Hiratopia
Business Hours 10:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m. (Reception closes at 8:30 p.m.)
Closed on Irregular closing days, New Years
Price Adults 610 yen, Seniors (Over 70) and children (elementary school age) 410 yen
Parking Available
Contact TEL: +81-77-596-8388

Transit time: 7 min. by car



Leisurely spend time by a beautiful beach with white sand and pines.
The busiest resort area at Lake Biwa. The white-sand beach with green pines and the clear blue lake water create a splendid scenic view.

■ Omatsuzaki
Contact TEL: +81-77-592-0378(Shiga Tourism Association)