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Introducing Shiga Prefecture

Just across the Higashiyama mountains from Kyoto is Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県; Shiga-ken), dominated by Biwa-ko, Japan's largest lake. The small prefecture has a variety of attractions that are easily visited as day trips from Kyoto. The major attractions here are the towns of Nagahama, with its Kurokabe Square neighbourhood of glass artisans, and Hikone, with its fine original castle. Other worthwhile destinations include temples like Mii-dera and Ishiyama-dera, and the Miho Museum, which is worth a trip just to see the building and the compound in which it is located.