Shiga is located in the east of Kyoto, and Lake Biwa is located in the center of Shiga. The lake is the mother of Japanese and boasts the largest area and water storage capacity in Japan.

Its history has its origins in ancient times that date back to prehistoric times, and the ecosystem is diverse and registered in the Ramsar Convention.

In addition to Mt. Hiei, there are "Kosai" in the west, "Konan" in the south, and "Koto" in the east centering on Lake Biwa.

It is a sightseeing spot for the cherry blossoms and autumn leaves of the temple which is also popular among the ancient temple fans.

We will show you around Lake Biwa.

[Kosai area]

"Ukimi-do" : Famous place for one of Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi),' Rakugan in Katata.'

 

母なる湖「琵琶湖」に浮かぶ浮御堂  京都観光タクシー 英語通訳ガイド 永田信明

"Mii-dera Temple" (official name : Onjo-ji Temple, Grand Head Temple of Tendai Jimon Sect).

It is derived from the well that is said to have been used for the first bath for 3 emperors, Tenchi, Tenmu and Jito. It is one of Japan's 3 famous bells along with the Bonsho of Byodoin Temple and Jingo-ji Temple.

"Saikyo-ji Temple" : The family temple where Mitsuhide Akechi of' Kirin ga Kuru' (A Kirin Coming) protects and his wife Hiroko (hiroko) sleeps. There is a rumor that' Akechi's wife is the most beautiful woman in Japan.'

 ・『近江神宮』:大津京跡に鎮座。

  天智天皇6年(667年)に飛鳥から大津京に遷都した由緒に因み、紀元2600年の佳節の1940年、天智天皇を祭神として創祀。

"Omi-jingu Shrine" : The graveyard of Mitsuhide's wife in the Kukyakuden Teien (of the Honnoji Incident, Mitsuhide's death, is located at the site of Otsukyo.

 

 

Due to the history of the transfer of the capital from Aska to Otsukyo in the sixth year of Emperor Tenchi's reign (667), the shrine was founded in the year 1940 of 佳節 in 2600 A.D. with Emperor Tenchi as the enshrined deity.

"Ono Takamura-jinja Shrine" is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the superstar of the Heian period, Onono Takamura, which is located in Otsukyo Kyoto Kanko Taxi and English Kanko Taxi Nobuaki NAGATA, a Otsukyo that has been relocated to Tokyo for only 5 years.

"Koto area" - Three mountains of Koto, "Saimyoji", "Kongorin-ji Temple" and "Hyakusai-ji Temple", all of which are Tendai sect temples.

It is a mountain temple with beautiful fresh green and autumn leaves.

"Saimyoji" (The Mirror of the East) : According to temple legend, the temple was founded by Sanshu Shonin (High Priest of the third Rank) in the early Heian period.

He is a legendary practitioner who is said to be the Kaizan Shonin (Priest Kaisan) of Mt. Ibuki as a sacred mountain of Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts).

Horai-no-Niwa Garden Kon-do Hall and Sanjunoto Hon-do Hall (Kon-do Hall)

Niomon "Kongorin-ji Temple" : According to temple legend, it was founded by Gyoki, a priest in the Nara period, at the imperial order of Emperor Shomu.

Gyoki Shonin was one of the' Sansho' (4 Sacred Sites) of Todai-ji Temple.

"Hyakusai-ji Temple," the Hondo (main hall) of the National Treasure, a three story pagoda of the Thousand Jizo of Akamon : According to temple legend, it was built by Prince Shotoku in 606 (Empress 14) during the Aska period. Nitenmon Gate

It is the oldest ancient temple in Omi Province and is called Ryuun-ji Temple because it was built in Baekje Hyakusai-ji Temple.

"Pilgrimage to the 100 Temples" and "Eigenji Temple" by Itsuki Hiroyuki, Sekigahara Kasumi Arimura of the Nio-mon Gate : A mountain temple with beautiful and the head temple of the Eigenji Temple school of the Rinzai sect.

The kaisan (founding priest) was Jakushitsu Genko, who spent his entire life as a Buddhist priest in black, and lived in seclusion at this temple.

On the approach to Eigenji Temple, there is a Ojizo-san wearing a mask. Kyoto Sightseeing Taxi English Interpretation Guide, Nobuaki Nagata. Let's hide the Ojizo-san wearing a mask.

"Hikone-jo Castle" : A castle town with a picturesque cherry blossom.

The Tenshu, Tsuke-yagura (Connecting Tower) and Tamon Yagura are national treasures, and the Tenshu is one of the 5 castles designated as national treasures.

Hikone-jo Castle Hori Tenshukaku Ojo-nai Tenbi-yagura (Tenbi-yagura inside the castle) : The scenery of the castle borrowed from the Genkyuen Garden of Tenbi-bashi Bridge, "Taga-taisha Shrine" : Otaga-san of' 7 times to Ise -jingu Shrine, 3 times to Kumano-jinja Shrine, and Otaga-sama ni tsukimairi' (a visit to the moon to Otagand Otaga-shikushi (Otaga-shikushi) were given to him.

Otaga-sama Shinba-sha Otaga-shishaku with various divine virtues

The Omama Shoro (bell tower), the nearby Azuchi Castle Site, and the Hachiman-yama Castle site are the birthplace of the Omi-shonin (Omi merchants), which have the prosperity of those days.

You can enjoy the elegant townscape such as the Hachimanbori and Shinmachi Street lined with storehouses.

We also recommend "Lake Biwa Museum" where you can learn and experience the ecology of Biwako.

"Konan area" - Three Konan mountains, Tendai sect ancient temples "Joraku-ji Temple", "Choju-ji Temple" and "Zensui-ji Temple".

The temple dates back to the Nara Tenpyo, and you can enjoy the appearance of autumn leaves in autumn.

"MIHO MUSEUM" in the woods of the Miho Museum of Art, which is popular with foreigners. The home of the raccoon dog, the home of Shigaraki. The Miho Museum is one of the collections of private art museums.

They have excellent products in a wide range of areas such as Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Middle East, China, and Japan.

・ Shigaraki Pottery Festival : Held for 3 days from October 8 to 10 every year.

 

It has a sense of virtue with 2 to thirty percent off more than usual.

 

歴史ロマンの地 大津京 京都観光タクシー英語観光タクシー 永田信明
わずか5年の遷都 大津京跡

 ・『小野篁社』:平安のスーパースター小野篁(おののたかむら)を祭る神社。

 

【湖東地区】

 ・湖東三山『西明寺』『金剛輪寺』『百済寺』、いずれも天台宗のお寺。新緑、紅葉が素晴らしい山寺です。

 

     『西明寺』:寺伝によれば平安時代初期三修上人の創建。修験道の霊山として伊吹山の開山上人と伝えられる伝説化した行者。

   『金剛輪寺』:寺伝によれば聖武天皇の勅願で奈良時代の僧・行基の開創。行基上人は東大寺の「四聖」の一人。

   百済寺』:寺伝によれば飛鳥時代、推古14年(606)に聖徳太子建立。百済龍雲寺に習い建てたので百済寺と号し近江最古の古刹。

  ・『永源寺』:山モミジが美しい紅葉の山寺、臨済宗永源寺派本山。開山は寂室元光、生涯黒衣の平僧で過ごし、この寺に隠棲。

永源寺の参道、マスク姿のお地蔵さんがお出向い 京都観光タクシー 英語通訳ガイド 永田信明
アベのマスク姿のお地蔵さん お鼻もしっかり隠しましょう!

  ・『彦根城』:桜映えの城下町。天守、附櫓(つけ・やぐら)及び多聞櫓(びたもん)は国宝、天守が国宝指定の5城のうちの一つ。

 ・『多賀大社』:「伊勢へ七度、熊野へ三度、お多賀さまへは月参り」のお多賀さん、「お多賀杓子(おたがじゃくし)」を授かる。

 ・近安土城跡や八幡山城跡が当時の繁栄を忍ばせる近江商人発祥の地。

      土蔵が並ぶ八幡堀や新町通りなど風情ある町並みを楽しめます。 

 

 また、琵琶湖の生態系を学習、体感できる『琵琶湖博物館』などもお奨めします。

【湖南地区】

 

   ・湖南三山、天台宗の古刹『常楽寺』長寿寺』『善水寺』。創建は奈良天平時代まで遡り、秋の紅葉は趣ある佇まいが楽しめます。


外国人に人気のミホ美術館 京都観光タクシー 永田信明
森の中の『MIHO MUSEUM』
狸の棲む里 京都観光タクシー 永田信明
信楽の里 狸の置物

・ミホミュージアム:

 私立美術館のコレクションとしては有数。ギリシア、ローマ、エジプト、中近東、中国、日本などの幅広い地域と時代に渡る優品保有。

 

・信楽陶器まつり:

 毎年10月8日から10日の3日間開催。通常より2~3割引きでお徳感。