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Shiga

Articles and travel guides on famous and not so famous destinations in Shiga Prefecture

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  • Shiga Prefecture

    Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県) is part of the Kansai Region and borders the prefectures of Fukui, Gifu, Mie and Kyōto. Shiga is one of the eight...
  • Minakuchi Castle

    Minakuchi Castle (水口城 Minakuchi-jō), located in Kōka, Shiga Prefecture, is a hirayama-style (lit. "hill-top on a plain") castle also known as...
  1. Minakuchi Castle

    Minakuchi Castle (水口城 Minakuchi-jō), located in Kōka, Shiga Prefecture, is a hirayama-style (lit. "hill-top on a plain") castle also known as Hekisui-jō (碧水城, "deep blue water castle"), a reference to its reflection on the surface of the moat. It was constructed between 1632-1634 under Tokugawa Iemitsu. For most of the Edo Period, a branch of the Katō family (tozama-daimyō) ruled over the castle. Minakuchi Castle Rulers from 1682: a branch of the Katō family with a stipend of 20,000 koku 1695-1712: a branch of the Torii family (20,000 koku) from 1712 to the Meiji Restoration: the Katō...
  2. Shiga Prefecture

    Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県) is part of the Kansai Region and borders the prefectures of Fukui, Gifu, Mie and Kyōto. Shiga is one of the eight landlocked prefectures of Japan and takes the form of a basin surrounded by mountains on all sides. Lake Biwa (琵琶湖 Biwa-ko), in central Shiga, is the largest lake in Japan. The climate is moderate with heavy snowfall in the northern half. Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県) History Known as Ōmi Province (近江国 Ōmi no kuni) or Gōshū (江州) after the Taika Reform (645/46), the area was important from early on. The city of Ōtsu (大津市), the modern capital of Shiga...
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