The Best of Shiga, Ohmi, and Hikone

What are Shiga, Ohmi, and Hikone?

A great location for tourism - 40 minutes to 1 hour from Kyoto

A great location for tourism - 40 minutes to 1 hour from Kyoto

Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa

Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa

Fine dining with Ohmi Beef wagyu

Fine dining with Ohmi Beef wagyu

One of Japan's four castle keeps designated as National Treasures, Hikone Castle

One of Japan's four castle keeps designated as National Treasures, Hikone Castle

The famous ninja town, Koka Yashiki

The famous ninja town, Koka Yashiki

Fine dining with rice and Japanese sake

Fine dining with rice and Japanese sake

How to Get Here

Ohmi Railway

Ohmi Railway

These trains run in the eastern part of Shiga Prefecture.

Ohmi Bus / Kokoku Bus (standard buses, chartered buses)

Ohmi Bus / Kokoku Bus (standard buses, chartered buses)

Standard route buses travel to each part of Shiga Prefecture.

Ohmi Taxi

Ohmi Taxi

Use Ohmi Taxis to get around if there are only a few in your group.

Recommended Sightseeing Trips

The Ohmi Marine sightseeing cruise around Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake.

We have both regular sightseeing cruises and term-limited ones for special events.

We have both regular sightseeing cruises and term-limited ones for special events.

When boarding from Hikone
By car: 4 km from the Hikone Interchange on the Meishin Expressway
By train: About 12 minutes by taxi from the West Exit of JR Maibara Station
By train: About 10 minutes by free shuttlebus from the West Exit of JR Hikone Station
*There are other places to board as well. Please inquire for details.

Around Chikubushima, one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa

Around Chikubushima, one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa

Chikubushima, with its richly verdant scenery, is considered one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa.
It is about 40 minutes from Hikone Port. You can spend 70 minutes on the island, for a two and a half hour cruise in total.

600 cherry trees blossom along about 4 km of the lake's coast.

600 cherry trees blossom along about 4 km of the lake's coast.

600 Somei-yoshino cherry trees, all over 60 years old, bloom for some 4 km along the lake coast.

Lake Biwa sightseeing Ship inquiries

Tour Hikone on a retro-style bus: Hikone Castle Town Circuit Bus

Buses leave Hikone Station every hour from 09:00 to 16:30.

Buses leave Hikone Station every hour from 09:00 to 16:30.

Buses leave at 16:00 and 16:30
*There are also other places to board. Please inquire for details.

This retro-style bus was built in 1966.

This retro-style bus was built in 1966.

These retro buses have a unique engine sound.
*Due to air conditioning unit issues, we must use alternative buses from mid-July to mid-September. Please accept our apologies.

Hikonyan, Hikone's popular mascot character

Hikonyan, Hikone's popular mascot character

Our buses feature illustrations of Hikonyan, Hikone's popular mascot character.

Hikone Castle Town Circuit Bus inquiries

Hachimanyama Ropeway: Visit a temple rebuilt here from Kyoto and castle ruins on the top of a mountain

It takes about 4 minutes from the foot to the peak. The cable cars run every 15 minutes.

It takes about 4 minutes from the foot to the peak. The cable cars run every 15 minutes.

By car: 12 km from the Ryuo Interchange on the Meishin Expressway, 16 km from the Yokaichi Interchange, and 26 km from the Hikone Interchange.
By train: 7 minutes on the bus heading towards Chomeiji temple from Omi-Hachiman Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line (Biwako Line), then get off at Osugi-cho and continue 5 minutes on foot.

The old castle town and Lake Biwa

The old castle town and Lake Biwa

From the peak you can enjoy a vast panorama, taking in Lake Biwa in the four seasons, Lake Nishinoko, and the old castle town.

Enjoy the red and gold leaves of autumn.

Enjoy the red and gold leaves of autumn.

From Mid-November to Late November, the trees on the mountain show their autumn colors.

Shizugatake Lift: Head up to the peak of Mt. Shizugatake in Biwako Quasi-National Park for the best views of Lake Biwa

The Lift gets you to the top in 6 minutes.

The Lift gets you to the top in 6 minutes.

By car: 1.5 km (about 3 minutes) from Kinomoto Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
By train: 4 minutes by taxi from Kinomoto Station on the Hokuriku Main Line, or 8 minutes by bus (get off at Ooto).

The grandeur of northern part of Lake Biwa is spread out before your eyes

The grandeur of northern part of Lake Biwa is spread out before your eyes

From the southwest part of the peak you can enjoy a panorama over beautiful hill islands floating in Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake.

You can also have lunch on the top

You can also have lunch on the top

Take a picnic lunch with you, as there are places to eat on the peak.