Enjoying Shiga Through the Seasons

The Arrival of Spring and Cherry Blossom Spots

With the arrival of spring, Shiga Prefecture becomes adorned with beautiful cherry blossoms. Famous cherry blossom spots in Shiga include the area around Hikone Castle in Hikone City and the Seta River banks in Otsu City. These places, with their cherry blossom tunnels and viewing spots, are perfect for picnics and strolls. Enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms and the delightful moments of spring in Shiga.

Summer Fun by the Water

Shiga Prefecture, centered around Lake Biwa, has many lakes and rivers that offer water activities during summer. Swimming in Lake Biwa, boating, and lakeside barbecues are part of the summer fun. There are also numerous pools and water play spots within the prefecture, ideal for cooling off with family and friends.

Autumn Foliage Spots and Activities

In autumn, the nature of Shiga Prefecture is painted with beautiful fall colors. Recommended foliage spots include Hieizan Enryakuji Temple in Hikone City and Omihachiman Park in Otsu City. Enjoy trekking, picnicking, and leaf-peeping amid the autumn leaves. Autumn is also a season of fresh ingredients, making it a great time to savor local autumn flavors.

Winter Enjoyments and Warm Spots

Although winters in Shiga Prefecture are cold, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season. Observe seagulls at Lake Biwa, skate on ice, or indulge in skiing and snowboarding on Shiga’s snow-covered mountains. To escape the cold, visit one of the many hot springs and enjoy dishes like yudofu (hot tofu) and lake fish cuisine. Spend heartwarming moments in Shiga during winter. Each season in Shiga offers diverse pleasures, with the beauty and accessibility of nature being its main attraction. There’s no doubt you can fully enjoy the charm of Shiga in any season.

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