Enryakuji Temple, Mt. Hiei
【World Heritage】
The head temple of Tendai sect with beautiful views
This is the head temple of the Tendai Sect in the vast sacred area on Mt. Hiei. It started as a hermitage founded by Saicho on Mt. Hiei in the end of Nara Period. The precinct in the towering giant cedars has a dignified atmosphere as a monastery. On top of the mountain, there is the Todo area where Konponchudo is centered, Saito area that Shakado is centered and Yokawa area that was opened by Priest Ennin.
●Open/8:30-16:30 (Vary depending on the season)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Admission Fee /Adults 700 yen , Junior High & High School Students 500 yen , Elementary School Students 300 yen  ●Tel/077-578-0001
◆Access/A short walk from Sakamoto Cable Car Enryakuji Stn. from Keihan Sakamoto Stn. or JR Hieizan-Sakamoto Stn.
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Ishiyamadera Temple
Temple of flowers that formed the setting of Heian literature
The gigantic beautiful wollastonite (a kind of mineral) rock is seen in its vast precinct. It is also well known as the place where Murasaki Shikibu planned the concept of Genji Monogarari (The Tales of Genji), the oldest novel in the world. There are many notable sites nearby as the Miidera Temple, and the view of Lake Biwa is breathtaking.
●Open/8:00-16:30 (Last entry at 16:00)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Admission Fee / Adults, Junior high & High school students : 500yen , Elementary school students : 250yen  ●Tel/077-537-0013
◆Access/10 min. walk from Keihan Ishiyamadera Stn. or a short walk from Ishiyamaderasanmon-mae bus stop by Keihan bus from JR Ishiyama Stn.
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Museum designed by I. M. Pei
Exhibiting antiquities from around the world, the museum is also very popular among visitors from abroad. Maestro I.M. Pei was responsible for the concept and design of the museum, and about 80% of the building volume has been laid underground to retain nature as much as possible.
●Open/10:00-17:00 (Last entry at 16:00)

●Closed/Closed on Mondays (the following day when Monday falls on a national holiday), and winter season  ●Fare/Adults: 1,000 yen, High school and college students: 800 yen, Elementary and junior high school students: 300 yen

◆Access/20 min. drive from Shigaraki Kogen Railway Shigaraki Stn., a short walk from MIHO MUSEUM Teisan bus stop from JR Ishiyama Stn.
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Hikone Castle
Japan's famous castle that rivals Himeji Castle
Taking 20 years to build, Hikone Castle was completed in 1622 to be an imposing castle as well as Himeji Castle. The castle looks even more beautiful when it is lit by moonlight. Hikone Castle's alias Konkijo was named as such, since there was a statue of the Merciful Goddess riding a golden tortoise in the temple at the summit of Mt. Hikone before the castle was built.
●Open/8:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults: 500 Yen, Junior High and Elementary Schools: 250  ●Tel/0749-22-2742
◆Access/15 min. walk from JR Hikone Stn.
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Kurokabe Square
Nostalgic-looking square
The intersection where Kitakuni Kaido and Otemondori meet in the center of Nagahama is called Kurokabe Square, and its beautiful streets are popular among tourists. Nearby is Nagahama Castle, which was reconstructed in 1983, where you can have a commanding view of Lake Biwa from its Panorama Observation Deck.
●Open/10:00-18:00 (Until 17:00 in winter)
●Closed/[Kurokabe Square] 
The end of year  ●Tel/0749-65-8055
◆Access/5 min. walk from JR Nagahama Stn.
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The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
A collection of modern Japanese art of Taikan Yokoyama, and works by Yuki Ogura who has a connection with thelocal town.
This museum was opened in 1984 on a hill commanding a view of Lake Biwa and Hira and Hiei Mountains.

It mainly exhibits modern Japanese-style paintings, artworks related to Shiga Prefecture, and contemporary American and Japanese artworks.

The museum boasts excellent modern Japanese-style paintings by YOKOYAMA Taikan, a former member of Nihon-Bijutsu-In (Japan Art Institute) ; HISHIDA Shunso; HAYAMI Gyoshu; and YASUDA Yukihiko.

An original feature of the museum is a collection of about 30 paintings by OGURA Yuki, a woman born in Shiga who painted in the Japanese style; this collection includes such masterpieces as 'The Surihari Pass' and 'Sisters'.

As well, the museum regularly holds original and high-quality exhibitions on a temporary basis; seminars, lectures, art film showings and other events.
●Open/9:30-17:00(last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Mondays (or, if Monday falls on a National Holiday, the following day); around years-end 
●Admission Fee/Adults: 500 Yen, High School and College: 300 Yen, Junior High and Elementary Schools : free (free for those aged 65 and over and those with special needs)  ●Tel/077-543-2111
◆Access/By bus from the JR Main Tokaido Line Seta Station and get off at the 'Bunkazon-mae' bus stop, then a 5 minute walk
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