- Waterfowl Park, Kohoku-cho, Shiga, URL: http://www.sizenken.biodic.go.jp/live/view.php?camera_no=61, address: Kohoku-cho, Higashi Azai-gun, Shiga, site title: Internet Nature Information System
camera title: waterfowls in Lake Biwa, waterfowl park in Kohoku-cho, Shiga
- Lake Biwa, Takashima City, Shiga, URL: http://www.okubiwako.net/mizudori/index.html, address: Aiba, Shin Asahi-cho, Takashima-shi, Shiga, site title: ShinAsahicho Waterfowl Center, camera title: LIVECAM
Click the photo camera link in the lower right of the site.
- Lake Biwa, Otsu City, Shiga, URL: http://www.yado-ya.com/14livecam.html (currently unavailable), address: Imakatata, Otsu-shi, Shiga, site title: Hotel Kiyomi, camera title: Hotel Kiyomi Live Camera, view of Lake Biwa
- Mt. Horai and Lake Biwa, Otsu City, Shiga, URL: http://www.biwako-valley.com/contents/livecamera.html, address: Kido, Otsu-shi, Shiga, site title: BIWAKO VALLEY, camera 1: View of Mt. Horai from Mt. Uchimi, camera 2: View of the Roapway and Lake Biwa from Mt. Uchimi
- Lake Biwa, Otsu City, Biwa, URL: http://www.biwakokasen.go.jp/index.html, address: Kurotsu, Otsu-shi, Biwa, site title: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourisum Kinki Regional Development Bureau Biwako Office, Click the photo in the top right corner of the site.
- Hikone-jo Castle, Hikone City, Shiga, URL: http://www.akebono-tokki.com/, address: Hikone-shi, Shiga, site title: Akebono Tokki Co., Ltd., camera in the left side of the site
- Kurokabe Square, Nagahama City, Shiga, URL: http://www.kurokabe.co.jp/, address: Motohama-cho, Nagahama-shi, Shiga, site title: Kurokabe Square, the sightseeing spot in Nagahama City, camera title: Kurokabe Square Live, camera is in the center of the site, click the play button, “USTREAM LIVE”
- Mt. Nanazu and Yokure, Nagahama City, Shiga, URL: http://www.zb.ztv.ne.jp/uhqzveby/, address: Kaminyu, Yokure-cho, Nagahama-shi, Shiga, site title: Nanazugatake & Yokure Live Camera, camera title: Yokure Live Camera, five cameras, from the left, (1) Fishermen’s Union Live Camera, view of Shizugatake and Kawanami suspension bridge, (2) Tokuyama Sushi Live Camera, view of Yokure Station and Shizugatake, (3) Akagoyama Live Camera, view of Mt. Akago and Shimonyu, (4) Lake Nyu Live Camera, view of Mt. Nanazu
and Nyu River, (5) Nanazu Live Camera, view of Mt. Nanazu
- Kinoshita Ranch, Omihachiman City, Shiga, URL: http://www4.ocn.ne.jp/~oumiusim/livecamera/, address: Onaka, Omihachiman-shi, Shiga, site title: Kinoshita Ranch Live Camera, camera titles, from the left, (1) The Paddock of Omi Beef, (2) the breeding barn, (3) calf barn 1, (4) carf barn 2, (5) delivery barn 1, (6) delivery barn 2
- Biwako Country Club, Ritto City, Shiga, URL: http://www.biwakocc.com/, address: Misono, Ritto-shi, Shiga, 520-3005, site title: Biwako Country Club, camera view of the golf course, Click the green banner, “Live Camera,” in the right side of the site.
- Birding, Yasu City, Shiga, URL: http://www.ocome.com/organic/livecamera/, address: Hiruta, Yasu-shi, Shiga, site title: Nakamichi Plantation, camera title: Birding Live Camera, camera in the center of the top page
- Nagahama City, Shiga, URL: http://webcam.heishin.jp/index.html, address: Higashimonobe, Takatsuki-cho, Nagahama-shi, Shiga, site title: Heishin Soubi (Equipment) Shiga Office, camera title: Heishin Shiga Access Now, Click the black banner menu of the camera.
- Shigaraki-cho, Koga City, Shiga, URL: http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/people/mac0121/image.html, address: Shigaraki-cho, Koga-shi, Shiga, site title: Y’s Factory Information, camera title: Today’s Shigaraki Town
- Mt. Ibuki, Yonehara City, Shiga, URL: http://www.ibukiyama.com/webcame/, address: Ueno-ku Yonehara City, Shiga, site title: Ibukiyama Livecam
- Shiga Route, Shiga, URL: http://www.kkr.mlit.go.jp/shiga/live2008/index.html, address: Shiga, site title: Official Live Picture Tube Shiga Route, view of National Highway No.161, No.8, No.21 and No.1, Click the road photo links to enlarge the photos.
- National Highway No.1, Shiga, URL: http://route1.mdrc.go.jp/ (currently unavailable), site title: National Highway Route 1 Suzuka Pass Road Condition, Click the road images to open each road camera.
- Yacht Club, Otsu City, Shiga, URL: http://www.zaubernet.com/~oyc/livecamaera2.html, site title: OGOTO YACHT CLUB, camera title: OYC Live Camera, view of Ogoto Port and Mt. Mikami, from the third floor of the Yacht garage, Click the white Japanese camera link in the orange rectangle.
- Lake Biwa, Otsu City, Shiga, URL: http://www.stage-web.net/webcamera.html, address: Waniimajuku, Otsu-shi, Shiga, site title: Bass Fishing Boat Club, “STAGE”, camera title: WEB CAMERA, view from the STAGE, of Lake Biwa
Shiga Prefecture Tourism Information
The prefectural capital is Otsu City. The prefectural population is about 1.4 million people and the population of Otsu is about 34 million people. There is the Japan’s largest lake “Lake Biwa”, and it had been called “the Province of Omi”. It is the transportation hub through the ages where Tokaido and Tosando intersect. In the Warring States period, it is said that “those who dominate the Omi dominate the world”, Oda Nobunaga built the Azuchi Castle in Omibonchi (Omi Basin) and aimed at unification. Since it is a transportation hub, logistics and business developed Omi merchants were active in the country. Nagahama, Hikone, Omihachiman, Shigaraki are famous as sightseeing areas, tourists of 40 million people per year visit in the entire Shiga Prefecture. As tourism resources, there are “Lake Biwa”, “Enryakuji”, “Hikone Castle”, “Koga no Sato (Koga Ninja Village)”, “Kaizu Osaki”, and “Azuchi Castle Ruins”.
“Lake Biwa” extends to one sixth of Shiga Prefecture area, and it is the lake into which more than 120 rivers flow. It is also said that it was named “Lake Biwa” because the shape of the lake was similar to the shape of the biwa of the Benzaiten that was enshrined in Chikubushima of the lake north.
Nagahama City is the land that Toyotomi Hideyoshi became the lord that had the castle for the first time, and it was originally called Imahama, but it was renamed Nagahama by got “naga”, the partial name of Nobunaga. It is said that he built a castle in Nagahama and named it Nagahama Castle and established a castle town. After Toyotomi regime downfall, the castle was abandoned in 1615, but it was restored as Nagahama Castle Historical Museum in 1983. Besides, there are a number of historic sites in Nagahama such as Odani Castle Ruins, Anegawa Battlefield, Shizugatake and the museum of Kunitomo gun village.
On the other hand, “Kurokabe Square (Black Wall Square)” of Nagahama is the attractions that were born in the public and private sectors jointly by incorporating Western culture. Originally, it was known as the black wall bank because the wall of One Hundred and Thirtieth National Bank Nagahama Branch in the Meiji era was black plaster painted, and “Kurokabe (Black Wall) Ltd.” as a third sector was born in order to save the branch building.
Thereafter, in Kurokabe (black wall) Square glass business developed and there are the shops of Western culture such as stained glass, music box, antique, figures, including the restaurant, and currently 30 Black Wall Buildings are lined, and it became the large tourist destination where three million people visit every.
“Hieizan Enryakuji” in Otsu City is the temple of the Tendai sect head temple that the monk Saicho of the Heian period opened. Its precinct is the entire Mount Hiei (Hieizan) of altitude 868m, and it has been called the Japanese Buddhism mother mountain because of the fact that many of the founders of Buddhism in Japan, such as Honen, Shinran, Eisai and Nichiren were trained in Hieizan Enryakuji.
“Hikone Castle” in Hikone City is is the castle that was built in 1622 by Ii Naotsugu, who was the firstborn of Ii Naomasa, one of the retainers of Tokugawa shogunate. It is one of the 12 castle towers that exist in Japan and it is one of the only four national treasures among them. Also, “Hikonyan”, who was born as an image character of the national treasure Hikone Castle 400 years Festival, is modeled the white cat related to Hikone Domain second generation lord Ii Naotaka and the red samurai warrior helmet of Ii family.
There are local cuisines such as “Funazushi (crucian carp sushi)”, the preserved food that was fermented by soaking the crucian carp that was salted and rice, and “Kamonabe (duck pot cooking)”, a hot pot of mallard with vegetables such as green onions and tofu.