I always want to go to Shiga for a long time, like, since 2017? around the time that I planned a trip to Japan for my family. I want to visit the torii gate at biwa lake and stuff. But after done some research, it does not suit my family’s style at the time. (’cause they usually not on plan at all and at the time I was looking for a one day trip from Osaka. If we are not punctual enough, it would be kind of waste of a time travelling from Osaka to Shiga.)
So, I always note that in mind that I have to go to Shiga some day.
Yeah.. and finally, that day came!!!!
It was like, 2 months ago? I went there during my summer break.
Obviously that the place that I definitely went to is “Shirahige shrine” where that famous torii gate is at.
It was like this for me:
①Hikone castle → ②Former Chikurin-in Temple → ③Hiyoshi Taisha → ④Shirahige shrine
I took the train from Nagoya to Hikone station. Not that much of the complication.
Hikone castle and that is hikonyan for you!
Hmmmmmm you know what people? I really can’t resist cute things.
The weather was really great that day!
Near by the castle, there is also a Japanese style garden.
I can’t remember its name since I didn’t plan to go there at first…
(Yeah, you know, I plan things so rough here since I am soooo lazy)
But the ticket which is sold in front of the castle is sold together with the ticket for this garden… so… yeah… I went to the garden too by this reason.
However, it is actually famous though lol. I just too mindless and did not do my homework good enough. And I am too guilted to say that I can’t remember, I did some search and the garden’s name is “Genkyuen Garden”.
You can see the Hikone castle with above perspective from inside the garden.
Note: Not so sure there will be anyone wonder about it or not.
I did not edit any picture I took. So probably the color is not divert much from how it really was that day.
After I finished visiting two place, I decide to have some lunch!
which is actually a good call, I think. Near by the Hikone castle there is a street called “Yume Kyobashi” where there are a lot of restaurant. I went into one of the udon-ya that sell udon with Omi beef. (Yeah, you have to try Omi beef once you came here in Shiga). The place was interesting and delicious. It is depend on what you order but the famous one here will be the udon that served with raw Omi beef separately with a kettle of hot soup. You get to pour the soup down yourself and see how the beef gradually changed its color.
The next stop is the former Chakurin-in temple.
I took the train to Hieizan Sakamoto station and then walk to the place. It took me around 10s minutes, I think. Not that far, but if the weather is too hot, it will be quite tired for you. (As it was for me since I went there around summer.)
It’s quite a peaceful place but not that much of things for you to see.
I still like it though. It’s like you can literally take some break during your rush trip and day. I think people normally came here for that reflection picture.
(Judging based on myself lol. I was so overwhelm when I first saw that reflection picture on instagram.)
I spent some time there. And… yeah I still have some time left before the time I have to move to that torii gate. So I wandered around those area and randomly went into Hiyoshi Taisha. It is a really big temple. I did some searched right at that moment and it seem that this place is actually quite famous too. And you know what? It is the first time that I saw people playing down in the river right in front of the Taisha. lol
Even you did not come here to pray, it seem like it is also ok to just came here to play with the river lol.
Finally, to the last stop, Shirahige shrine where the torii gate is taken place.
I drop out at the Oumi-Takashima station. And it took me around 30-40 minutes to walk to the shrine lol. Why me??? why you decided to do so???????
Actually, it is not that much of a trouble for me since I always love wandering and walking around. But for people who does not like to do so, I recommend you taking the cab lol. And actually, Shiga is somehow famous for the biking route around Biwa lake. I also thought of renting a bike at the time to go around the place. But back and forth about it whether to do so or not, questioning my own biking skill and safety stuff lol. (Don’t wanna get hit and etc. may cause some big problem since I went there alone.)
I am sooooooooooo f*cking tired that day!!!!!!