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
- ・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.
|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)|
Transit time: 15 min. by car
BSC Watersports Centre
Stand-up paddleboarding experience at Lake Biwa.
|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.
|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|
Transit time: 5 min. by car
An onsen hot spring where you can enjoy the nature of Hira.
|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|
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.
|Contact||TEL: +81-77-592-0378（Shiga Tourism Association）|