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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Shiga-in-teien Garden

Shiga-in Teien was laid out at the order of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the feudal government of Edo, which ruled Japan from the early 17th to the mid-19th century. The warlord Kobori Enshu is said to have designed the garden, being also a talented gardener. Shiga-in Teien is located on the western side of the Shiga-in Shinden (palace for the emperors daily use), which was build by the bishop Tenkai Sojo, a well-known advisor to the Tokugawa family. Laid out on a narrow strip of land from north to south, the Shinden overlooks a pond. The garden is arranged so that visitors walking along the verandah can enjoy changing views such as stone bridges, waterfalls and clear brooks. The garden is said to have been modeled on the famous gardens at Katsura Rikyu and Shugakuin Rikyu.'

4-6-1 Sakamoto, Otsu-shi, Shiga

Admission Fee
450 yen


Keihan Sakamoto Stn./10-min. walk