Shigaraki/ Koka is a region located in the southern part of Shiga prefecture. It includes the city of Koka and has Mie prefecture to its south.
This area is famous for its ceramic tanuki (an animal that looks like a large raccoon and often appears in Japanese folklore). This is called Shigarakiyaki and is often placed in front of shops and private homes in Japan to bring good fortune, such as prosperity to the business or family. In Shigaraki there are spots related to Shigarakiyaki ceramics such as Shigaraki Pottery Village, Shigaraki Tanuki Village, and Soto-en Shigaraki Pottery.
In addition, this area is a place where the Koga ninja style developed, and you can learn about ninja at Koga Ninja Museum and Koga-ryu Ninja Residence. There are activities such as ninja experience, so be sure to go if you are interested in ninja.
It is convenient to have a car for getting around this area. From major cities, take the bullet or conventional train to Kibukawa Station, the nearest station. From Tokyo, you can take the bullet train to Kyoto Station then change to the JR Biwako line or the JR Kusatsu line. It takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Map: Shigaraki / Koga