Former Biwako Hotel

This is former Biwako Hotel. It was built in 1934 as the first international tourist hotel in the prefecture to attract foreign tourists. It was designed by Okada Shin’ichiro who is famous for the design of Tokyo Kabukiza. It is a reinforced concrete construction, yet its appearance looks like a shrine or temple. Many prominent […]

Shiga Prefectural Government Main Building

This is the Shiga Prefectural Government Main Building. The current building was designed jointly by Sato Koichi and Kunieda Hiroshi and was completed in May 1939. Sato Koichi specialized in designing prefectural buildings and worked on buildings including Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo, whereas Kunieda Hiroshi specialized in architectural decorations. This four-story reinforced concrete building […]

Otsumatsuri Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion

This is the Otsumatsuri Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion. Otsu-matsuri is one of the three major lake province festivals with 400 years of history. With its musical accompaniment sounding “Kon-chiki-chin”, 13 splendid hikiyama festival floats set off from Tenson Shrine in Kyomachi san-chome and cruise the whole city. All Hikiyama were made in the Edo Period [between […]

Otsu Hyakuchokan

This is Otsu Hyakuchokan. In the Edo Period [between the 17th and mid-19th centuries], Otsu was bustling with people as a post town, port town and temple town of Onjoji Temple, also known as Miidera Temple, in the Genroku era, the late 17th century. Otsu flourished as a commercial area holding 100 towns and more […]

Rokasensuisō Villa

The Rokasensuisō Villa is a local residence of the Nihonga Master Yamamoto Shunkyo (the building is an important cultural property). In the residence there is a memorial hall which enshrines teacher Mori Kansai and others, the garden excludes artificial hills and complex arrangements of stones, and by adopting the method of landscape painting, beautiful sceneries […]

Ōtsu City Museum of History

Ōtsu is home to the third largest collection nationwide of Important Cultural Properties designated by the Government of Japan. On this backdrop, the Ōtsu City Museum of History opened its doors in 1990 with the mission of educating the public about Ōtsu city’s extensive history and rich culture. With its main activities being researching, preserving […]

Mio Shrine Inner Sanctuary

Mio Jinja shrine is said to date back to ancient times when Izanagi no Mikoto, Lord Izanagi, a deity born of the seven divine generations in Japanese mythology and Shinto, descended to earth and became the resident God on Mount Nagara. Due to three dangling girdles colored red, white and black, that looked like three […]

Nagara Shrine’s Two-Storied Gate

Constructed in 1906, Nagara Shrine’s two-storied tower gate is a magnificent work from the Meiji era due to strictly adhering to the architectural style and classical tradition of the Muromachi era, 1338-1573. While being averagely sized the sangen-ikkomon gate, a 3×2-bay gate of an eight-legged style, the Irimoya style roof, half-hipped roof, with a hinoki […]

Ōtsu city’s former public hall

Since it was built as “Otsu public hall” in 1934, its name and purpose has been changed several time, and has always been popular as a place for citizens. Since 1985, it has been used as a base for social education under the name of Otsu City Social Education Hall, but due to the deterioration […]

Kannon-dō’s study

A study of the former Murakumo Imperial Palace in Saga Kyoto. In the 5th year of the Bunroku era (1596), in order to mourn Hidetsugu, Toyotomi Hidetsugu’s real mother (Hideyoshi’s older sister) Nisshuni was granted by Emperor Go-Yōzei to rename the Zuiryū-ji temple. When it was relocated from Kyoto to Hidetsugu’s beloved Ōmihachiman City in […]