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I recommend this course!
Benjamin John McCracken / I'm from Durand, USA / I have lived in Japan for 5 years.
I arrived in Japan almost 19 years ago as a student and fell in love with the culture and beauty of the country. Over the next 18 years I found myself coming back to Japan frequently and finally decided to move to Japan full time to assume the role of the Resident Director for the Japan Center for Michigan Universities. I enjoy cycling around Japan, especially around Lake Biwa.
Lake Biwa, located in Shiga Prefecture (just 10 minutes from Kyoto by train), is Japan's largest freshwater lake. The lake dominates the landscape, much as it has dominated Shiga's history and culture. Lake Biwa, together with the Nakasendo, formed the main trade route for goods and people in ancient Japan, making Shiga an important trading and cultural hub. The strategic importance of Shiga was not lost on Japan's famous samurai. Oda Nobunaga built his castle in Shiga, and from there set out to conquer Japan. To this day, Shiga is dotted with the remains of castles, shrines, and temples built by famous samurai. Shiga also boasts one of the last remaining original castles in Hikone. Because of the rich trade and commerce traversing Lake Biwa, Shiga is also famous for its merchant class, which is still strong to this day.
One of Japan's last original castles with a stunning view of Lake Biwa and the chance to walk the path of the samurai
Hikone Castle parking area
via Biwako Ohashi
Ukimido (Mangetsuji Temple)
The Floating Temple, a place and a feeling you will never forget
Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hiyoshi Taisha, a unique Shinto experience with a rich historical context
An unforgettable journey to the temple complex that consists of over 150 temples and shrines
Showa era construction with the timeless beauty of Lake Biwa
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