A Day Trip from Kyoto: A Classic Itinerary to Enjoy the Splendid Wisteria and Japanese Shrines

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Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, is home to the three major wisteria viewing spots known as the "Wisteria of Shina Sango" (Sandai shrine, Shina Shrine, and Soja Shrine). The wisteria at the Sandai shrine is particularly known as the "Sand-rubbed Wisteria" because the spikes grow so long they touch th...

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Travel time: Approximately 140 minutes (by bus)

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Recommended for sightseeing around Lake Biwa! Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture

Kusatsu City in Shiga Prefecture is a popular destination that is conveniently located near Kyoto. There are plenty of accommodations and restaurants, and you can enjoy sightseeing around Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. It's a great place to get away from the crowds and relax.

Kyoto Station

Take the JR Biwako Line. The journey takes about 20 minutes on the special rapid service.

JR Biwako Line ・Kusatsu Line Kusatsu Station

From the west exit of JR Kusatsu Station, take the No. 2 bus stop and get on the Omi Railway/Koku Bus bound for Mizunomori Aquatic Botanical Garden (350 yen for adults)
After getting off at "Anamura", it is about a 6-minute walk.

Sosha Shrine

Approximately 10 minutes on foot

Sandai shrine

Approximately 15 minutes on foot

Shina Shrine

About a 20-minute walk, then take the Ohmi Railway/Koku Bus bound for JR Kusatsu Station West Exit at Kita-Ogaya (280 yen for adults)

JR Biwako Line ・Kusatsu Line Kusatsu Station

The journey takes about 20 minutes on the JR Biwako Line New Rapid Service.

Kyoto Station

Did you enjoy your trip to the famous wisteria spots in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture? In addition to the spots introduced in this model itinerary, there are many other attractions around Kusatsu Station, including Lake Biwa and other sightseeing spots and gourmet food. In addition to sightseeing, why not try staying at a lodging facility to relax?

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This site introduces tourist information for Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture. It is packed with information on attractive spots, hotels, and gourmet food, such as the nature-filled aquatic plant park Mizunomori, Lake Biwa Museum, the historic Tachiki shrine and the Sandai shrine, Kusatsujuku Honjin, and Rokuha Park, which is fun for the whole family.

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