Nagahama/ Northern Shiga (Kohoku) is a region located in the northern part of Shiga prefecture. It includes the cities of Nagahama, Maibara, and Takashima and borders Fukui and Gifu prefectures.
Nagahama / Northern Shiga (Kohoku) faces the northern part of Lake Biwa and is a place rich in nature. Mt. Ibuki, from which you can look down on Lake Biwa and the area, is a popular place chosen as one of the hundred famous mountains in Japan. In the spring when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, Ho Park, Nagahama Castle Ruins and Kaizu-Osaki are recommended.
In addition, because of the stop on the road connecting Fukui Prefecture to Kyoto and Tokyo in the Edo period (1603-1868), the Hokkoku Kaido Road, this area has a history of development as part of an important transportation route. You can see the old townscapes in Kinomoto-shuku or Shiotsu-juku.
The Hokuriku Main line, the Tokaido Main line, and the Kosei Line trains and car are convenient for getting around this area. From major cities, you can take bullet or conventional trains to Nagahama Station in the center of this area. From Tokyo, you can take the bullet train to Maibara Station then change to the JR Biwako line. It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Map: Nagahama / Northern Shiga