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.
460, Asahi, Shinasahi-
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 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)
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
Take a ride around the garden with the Sky Lily Train (¥500 for middle school students and above)
Catch about 50 kinds of lilies in bloom
Try their Unique Original Parfait (¥980).
Lamps are placed with the concept of a night forest in mind. It’s very trendy!
From Hiruguchi to Makino, Makino-
Open for 24 hours
In the summer, the sunlight, with the view of Mt. Nosaka in the distance, is wonderful
835-1, Terakubo, Makino-
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-
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)