Museums & Historic Sites

Shiga Kogen "Roman" Museum

Shiga Kogen Roman MuseumWith the theme "An Endless Yearning for Beauty," the museum features a diverse collection of art works that go beyond era and genre. Its diverse exhibits contain the works of Katei Kodama (a native of Yamanouchi Town who specialized in Nanga-style Chinese painting), Roman glass exuding a mysterious brilliance, antique "Kilim" nomadic traditional textiles, Edo-period glass, "Nishiki-e" color prints and daily utensils from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and even snuff bottles.


Shiga Kogen Roman MuseumThe museum building itself, designed by world-renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa, is of particular interest.


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Shiga Kogen Nature Protection Center

Nature Protecition CenterUtilizing the theme "Interaction between Nature and Humans," this center serves as a source of information on everything pertaining to the natural world of Shiga Kogen. Once armed with this pertinent information, you will find your stroll through Shiga Kogen that much more enjoyable.


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Sakagura (Saké Brewery) Art Gallery Tamamura Honten

Tamamura Honten Co., Ltd., a long-standing saké brewery founded in 1805, founded this art gallery by renovating its century-old brewery. The gallery features a collection of works created by artists associated with Tamamura Honten. Exhibits are changed seasonally. Here Tamamura's renown saké and locally brewed beer can be sampled as well and are available for sale.


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Tsuburami Museum

This museum displays works of art (paintings and calligraphy) by painters and writers who patronized Kambayashi Onsen hot-spring resort, along with a valuable collection of classic automobiles.


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Kannon Statue of World Peace

Kannon Atatue of World PeaceThe Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, or Kannon, is highly revered as the guardian of peaceful life. This 25-meter-tall bronze Kannon statue standing on a hill is claimed to be the largest of its kind in Japan and in Asia. It is one of three Buddhist images enshrined here and a tour of all three sacred images is known as the "Tour of Three Deities Guaranteeing Happiness." The visitor can even go inside the huge Kannon statue. (Admission:¥100)


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Statue of Miroku Sekibutsu (bodhisattva)

Statue of Miroku SekibutsuOne of the important attractions of the "Tour of Three Deities Guaranteeing Happiness" is this 1.7-meter-tall heavy stone image of Miroku (Maitreya-bodhisattva) that greets the visitor with an ingenuous and gentle countenance. It has been revered since times of old for its miraculous power of bringing large earthquakes and epidemics under control.


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Statue of Enmei Tabacco Jizo (bodhisattva)

Statue of Enmei Tabacco Jizo (bodhisattva)Another of the "Three Deities Guaranteeing Happiness" is this image of Jizo (bodhisattva) revered for the wonders of good health, especially as it relates to the healing of women's headaches and lumbago. Somewhere in the days gone by, tobacco was offered to this deity which somehow made this Jizo even more famous. Today the smoke of tobacco offerings can always be seen as it is believed to be an effective form of prayer to help believers quit smoking, to prevent or cure cancer, and to bring good health in general. It is said that the Jizo's divine favor will be amplified even more if it is worshiped together with the other two deities.


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