Japan’s Takashima City Is Perfect for the Laid-Back Traveler

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Japan’s Shiga Prefecture is gradually gaining popularity thanks to several tourist attractions such as 
Biwako Terrace, but there are a lot more attractions still little known by tourists. In this article, we’ll introduce you to some must-visit stopovers in Takashima city.

Café Korabo
460, Asahi, Shinasahi-cho, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture
Contact: +81-80-9758-3780
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Wednesdays. Lunch hour is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Café Korabo
is operated by a company that renovates Japanese old houses, so it’s no wonder that the café was built by repurposing wooden materials and recycled furnishings.

One can see Japan’s traditional wood-building technology in every corner of the store, such as the frosted glass sliding doors and pitted pillars during the Taisho era (1912-1926).

Make sure you try the 
weekly platter (¥1080), which comes with seven types of side dishes. Fill up your tummy with a free rice refill.

The weekly platter boasts of plenty of side dishes.

The Honey Lemon Soda is perfect for summer (¥480 or simply add ¥250 to your lunch set)

Biwako Hakodateyama Lily Garden
4201-4, Hiokimae, Imazu-cho, Takashima city, Shiga
Contact: +81-740-22-2486
LAMP is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch hour is from 11 a.m.

Take a ride around the garden with the Sky Lily Train (¥500 for middle school students and above)!

Biwako Hakodateyama Lily Garden, located inside Hakodateyama Ski Resort is just 15 minutes away by car from Café Korabo. It is a new tourist attraction that opened in June 2018. Note that the lily garden is only open during the summer (from end of June to end of August).

Catch about 50 kinds of lilies in bloom.

Biwakonomieruoka, you can observe 2.5 million lilies and Lake Biwako. The adjoining Parfait Café LAMP offers different kinds of parfaits in lamp-shaped containers.

From the observatory with an altitude of about 630 meters, one can enjoy a majestic view of Lake Biwa with Chikubushimaisland on the lake, the Ibukiyama Mountain spread out, and the whole view of the Lily Garden with about 2.5 million flowers in bloom.

Try their Unique Original Parfait (¥980).

Lamps are placed with the concept of a night forest in mind. It’s very trendy!

Metasequoia Avenue
From Hiruguchi to Makino, Makino-cho, Takashima city, Shiga
Contact: +81-740-33-7101
Open for 24 hours

In the summer, the sunlight, with the view of Mt. Nosaka in the distance, is wonderful.

Along the 2.4km tree-line road, more than 500 Metasequoia trees form a straight line. It has been selected as one of the best roadside trees in Japan for its beautiful green and luxuriant foliage.


Makino Pic-land
835-1, Terakubo, Makino-cho, Takashima city, Shiga
Contact: +81-740-27-1811
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to March except Wednesdays.

Blueberries, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, and other produce are available for sale.

In the center house that is marked with the weather vane, souvenirs such as local confectionery are also sold. 

Go blueberry-picking at 
Makino Pic-land, located near the tree-lined road, from June to September, and grape picking from August to September (above middle school: ¥1200).

Original gelato (¥400 each) using fruits is a popular treat!

Makino Highland Hot spring SARASA
931-3, Makino, Makino-cho, Takashima city, Shiga
Contact: +81-740-27-8126
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. On weekends and holidays, it is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on second and fourth Wednesdays.

Relieve the weariness of the trip at 
Makino Highland Hot spring SARASA. It is a one-day hot spring facility that offers various baths such as a large public bath, open-air bath, bade zone (“bade” means to take a bath in German; it refers to an area where both men and women can take a bath together by wearing swimsuits), open-air jacuzzi, dry sauna, cold water bath, and so on. The view of the plateau and the mountains will relax your spirit.

The outdoor Jacuzzi at the bade zone. 

Here, you can see the lush Makino plateau and the Akasaka Mountains located at the prefecture border between Shiga and Fukui.

An outdoor bath with natural stones. 

In addition, two kinds of large public baths and low-temperature hot water are also available.

Provided by Tokai Walker™, Japan Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (10 July 2018)

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