Lake Yogo is a northernmost mysterious attraction in Shiga prefecture, and its another name is "Mirror Lake", since it looks like a natural mirror on a calm day, perfectly reflecting surrounding mountains. The lake was a stage of the fierce historical battle of Shizugatake in the midst of the age of Provincial Wars (1583). There are also many folklores associated with the lake.
What to Expect
The half day course (approx., 4 hours), in which we can enjoy representative landscapes around the Lake, some of which are associated with the folklore descended from more than 1,200 years ago, and others are historical stages, especially in the midst of the age of Provincial Wars (1583). We climb up to the summit of Mt. Shizugatake (an old battlefield) too by a lift, from where we can see the fantastic vista of both Lake Biwa and Lake Yogo. Total biking distance is about 22 km.
Lake Yogo and the adjacent old battlefield are not necessarily on the Golden sightseeing route such as Kyoto or Hakone of the Far Eastern Country but may be on just an untouched, quiet and seemingly mundane countryside as the places have really been. But, you will be able to touch and acquire how local people of former days felt, thought and established a cooperative mechanism in order to survive and make their own community nicer place to live, by actually seeing remains the villager here have created and believed in.
Lift service for the summit of Mt. Shizugatake is available as follows; May, Oct., Nov.: Every day (9:00 - 17:00) Apr.: only Sat. and Sun. during 23 to 30 Aug.: During 1 to 27 Jun., July, Sep.: Only Sat., Sun. and holidays Others: Out of service
1. Basically 7 days a week
2. Basically Specific to KOHOKU (Northernmost) district in Shiga Pref.
Shizugatake Old Battlefield, Lake Yogo, Woody Pal Yogo, Tojyuin temple, Kanzan-ji temple, Zencho-ji temple, Kaizu Osaki for Cherry Blossom Viewing, Keisoku-ji temple for Autumnal Leaves, Throughout Central Kinomoto area, Odani Jyo Castle, Sugatani Hot Spring Resort, Chikubu-shima island, Doganji-temple (A National Treasure), Takatsuki Museum of Ethnic and Historical Materials, Throughout Central Nagahama city, etc.
1) Bicycle rental: At JR Yogo Sta. (500 JPY / 1 day・1 person)
2) In a case of rainy weather:
A tourist has to prepare a rain apparel by him/herself.
3) Lift service for the summit of Mt. Shizugatake is available as follows;
May, Oct., Nov.: Every day (9:00 - 17:00)
Apr.: only Sat. and Sun. during 23 to 30
Aug.: During 1 to 27
Jun., July, Sep.: only Sat., Sun. and holidays
Others: Out of service
4) The Course Schedule
8:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
12:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)
1:00 PM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
5:00 PM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)