Lake Yogo, alias "Mirror Lake" is a northernmost attraction in Shiga pref. Literally, it looks like a natural mirror on a calm day, perfectly reflecting surrounding mountains. The one day tour takes you to representative spots associated with impressive folklores about the lake and its vicinity. We can also visit the stage of the fierce historical battle of Shizugatake of the Provincial Wars.
What to Expect
The one day course around Yogo (approx., 8 hours) consists of the following 2 major courses;
1) Morning Course
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.
2) Afternoon Course
We can reach to Woody Pal Yogo (Camping resorts), sleepy mountainous hamlets which are deeply covered with snow in winter, and Tojyuin temple (Famous Zen Temple) along the Niu Valley.
If the weather and time permits, we can go to Zencho-ji temple (one of the high-ranked Zen temples in Kohoku area) and The Grave of Loyal Menjyu Brothers as well.
The biking road has a steep pitch, so it may be a bit tough for the old tourists or primary schoolers. The total distance is about 50km. We can take lunch at Woody Pal Yogo.
[Note] Both 1) and 2) are to be cancelled if it heavily rains.
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) One Day Course Schedule
8:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
5:00 PM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)
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) In a case of Rainy weather: Only a Half Day Course (Morning Course) is available.
A tourist has to prepare a rain apparel by him/herself.
Half Day Course Schedule
8:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
12:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)