3 days in Shiga Prefecture Itinerary

3 days in Shiga Prefecture Itinerary

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3 days in Shiga Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  3​h 15​min
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Tokyo


Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Byodoin and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Modoroki Shrine, then hit the slopes at Biwako Valley, and finally admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Otsu trip app .

Tokyo to Otsu is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Otsu can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagahama.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Jishu Shrine ©
Jishu Shrine
Byodoin ©


Nagahama ©
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Nagahama Castle Historical Museum and then step off the mainland to explore Chikubushima.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagahama route maker .

You can drive from Otsu to Nagahama in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Otsu, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagahama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagahama

Nature Parks Museums
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Chikubushima ©
Nagahama Castle Historical Museum ©
Nagahama Castle Historical Museum