Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture is the largest lake in Japan. Many activities are held every year along this Lake Biwa. Japan\\\\\\\'s \\\\\\\"Tour de France\\\\\\\" is a race that circles Lake Biwa by bicycle. In recent years, the Biwako Terrace has become famous as a snow resort in the winter with its beautiful view. Chikubushima is an island floating on a lake, on a shortcut route to Hikone Castle, a national treasure. This island also has a national treasured temple and shrine. Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei, located in Otsu City, the capital of Shiga Prefecture, is a place that should never be forgotten when discussing Japanese Buddhism. Many famous Buddhist monks completed their training at Enryakuji on Mt. Hiei and created various sects. Buddhism was introduced from the continent to Japan from Nara, and many enlightenments sprouted on Mt. Hiei and spread throughout Japan. Post towns that prospered in the Edo period still remain in various places here. Wandering around the post town let you travel back in time to Japan 400 years ago.