Most viewed - Katata and Ukimido Floating Temple 堅田・浮御堂
ka010-IMG_6718.jpg
Entrance to Ukimido Floating Temple, which is actually Mangetsu-ji temple. Admission is 300 yen. Hours: 8 am - 5 pm. Buses run from Katata Station. Parking available. 満月寺 浮御堂 MAP305 views
ka011-IMG_6719.jpg
Ukimido floating temple in Katata, one of Shiga's most famous and picturesque buildings. One of the eight Omi Hakkei Views made famous by ukiyoe prints by Hiroshige.226 views
ka025-katata2.jpg
Another ukiyoe woodblock print by Hiroshige showing "Descending Geese at Katata" with Ukimido in the background. 近江八景「堅田の落雁」163 views
ka110-IMG_7613.jpg
The hump at the center is about 26.3 meters above the lake surface allowing boats to pass under. If you bicycle around Lake Biwa, you can cross this bridge as a short cut. But I recommend cycling all the way down to central Otsu.131 views
ka101f-IMG_7567.jpg
Omi rice made in Shiga.130 views
ka103-IMG_7579.jpg
The Biwako Ohashi Bridge spans the neck of Lake Biwa's panhandle between Moriyama and Katata, the lake's narrowest width. Completed in Sept. 1964, the bridge portion over the lake is 1.4 km long.128 views
ka012-IMG_6720.jpg
The scenic Ukimido has been the subject of ukiyoe woodblock prints (see below) by Hiroshige and other artists. You can walk on the short bridge to the Ukimido.122 views
ka101e-IMG_7597.jpg
121 views
ka014-IMG_6722.jpg
View from the bridge to Ukimido Floating Temple, Katata, Shiga. The building houses altars and 1,000 small Amida Buddha figures supposedly carved by Priest Enshin. Dedicated to transportation safety on the lake.113 views
ka101d-IMG_7592.jpg
Also on the 2nd floor is an information room about Lake Biwa and Shiga.112 views
ka025-katata1.jpg
Ukiyoe woodblock print by Hiroshige showing "Descending Geese at Katata" with Ukimido in the foreground. 近江八景「堅田の落雁」110 views
ka104-IMG_7580.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Bridge is a toll road (200 yen for ordinary passenger cars), but free for bicycles and pedestrians who can go on the sidewalk. There are actually two parallel bridges, making it a four-lane bridge. The additional bridge was built in 1994.103 views
ka111-IMG_7610.jpg
With twin two-lane bridges, the 1.4-km north bridge (Katata to Moriyama traffic) was completed in 1994. The south bridge (1.35 km) was the original bridge completed in 1964 (for for Moriyama to Katata traffic).100 views
ka013-IMG_6746.jpg
The Ukimido building itself has been rebuilt a few times over the centuries. It was first built in the 10th century by Priest Eshin (Genshin 源信) from Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei. The current temple building was built in 1937 and renovated in 1982.89 views
ka027-UKIMIDOCARD.jpg
Vintage postcard of Ukimido floating temple before 1937 when the building was rebuilt. Flimsy stilts in comparison.86 views
ka025-IMG_6756.jpg
North side of Ukimido. Haiku poet also visited Ukimido and wrote a haiku poem about it, displayed on a stone monument on shore.84 views
ka023-IMG_6728.jpg
Altar facing the lake, with some of the 1,000 Amida Buddha figures.80 views
ka022-IMG_6733.jpg
Altar facing the lake.77 views
ka016-IMG_6736.jpg
Bridge from shore74 views
ka026-IMG_6766.jpg
Concrete stilts. Compare this with the next postcard image.72 views
ka100-IMG_7621.jpg
Michinoeki Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza, a shopping place for local produce. 道の駅びわ湖大橋米プラザ72 views
ka015-IMG_6738.jpg
View from the balcony.70 views
ka018-IMG_6724.jpg
Balcony looking toward Lake Biwa68 views
ka113-IMG_7617.jpg
Katata pier66 views
ka024-IMG_6723.jpg
Altar facing the shore65 views
ka102-IMG_7570.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Bridge as seen from Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza in Katata. 琵琶湖大橋64 views
ka020-IMG_6730.jpg
Balcony facing the lake.63 views
ka021-IMG_6726.jpg
View of Lake Biwa from Ukimido. The Biwako Ohashi Bridge can be seen in the distance.63 views
ka051-IMG_7547.jpg
Biwako Aika (Lake Biwa Elegy) Monument and memorial for songwriter Okuno Yashio who was from Katata. Details about the song here. 琵琶湖哀歌の歌碑 堅田62 views
ka019-IMG_6735.jpg
Concrete stilts reinforce the wooden stilts.61 views
ka017-IMG_6732.jpg
59 views
ka112-IMG_7616.jpg
Bridge traffic is well over 30,000 vehicles per day.58 views
ka101-IMG_7590.jpg
Inside Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza. "Kome" means rice. On the first floor they sell local rice and produce.57 views
ka028-IMG_6098.jpg
View of Ukimido while rowing on Lake Biwa.56 views
ka052-IMG_7555.jpg
Biwako Aika 琵琶湖哀歌 (Lake Biwa Elegy) is a mournful song dedicated to the eight college rowers from Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture and three rowers from Kyoto who died while practicing in waters off Takashima-cho, Haginohama beach when struck by st55 views
ka028-IMG_6755.jpg
Bench on shore near Ukimido54 views
ka050-IMG_7545.jpg
JR Katata Station on the JR Kosei Line along the western shore of Lake Biwa, Shiga. Local buses run to Ukimido and other places. There's also a bus which crosses the Biwako Ohashi Bridge to reach Moriyama on the other side. 堅田駅54 views
ka054-IMG_7551.jpg
Music box where you press a button to hear the song through a speaker. Hear the song at YouTube.53 views
ka109-IMG_7619.jpg
About Biwako Ohashi Bridge.51 views
ka105-IMG_7576.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza facing the lake. It also has a lookout deck on the 2nd floor.49 views
ka029-IMG_6752.jpg
Mt. Mikami in the distance.48 views
ka053-IMG_7550.jpg
The accident occurred on April 6, 1941. The boys from Kanazawa were students at the No. 4 High School 第四高等学校 which today is Kanazawa University. The sad incident spurred Okuno to create this song.48 views
ka106-IMG_7605.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza lookout deck on the 2nd floor.48 views
ka107-IMG_7620.jpg
48 views
ka108-IMG_7607.jpg
Biwako Ohashi as seen from the lookout deck on the 2nd floor. The bridge makes it almost 50 min. faster to go to the other side of the lake.46 views
ka085-IMG_5879.jpg
Ferris wheel front view.22 views
ka027c-IMG_6058.jpg
Ukimido as seen from the lake.21 views
ka078-IMG_6043.jpg
21 views
ka077-IMG_6018.jpg
20 views
ka079-IMG_5873.jpg
20 views
ka081-IMG_5872.jpg
20 views
ka082-IMG_5878.jpg
20 views
ka083-IMG_5886.jpg
Golf practice range in Katata.20 views
ka084-IMG_5882.jpg
20 views
ka065-IMG_0138.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Bridge connects Moriyama and Katata across the neck of Lake Biwa.19 views
ka066-IMG_0150.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Bridge 19 views
ka067-IMG_0149.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Bridge 19 views
ka068-IMG_0148.jpg
19 views
ka069-IMG_0146.jpg
Under Biwako Ohashi Bridge 19 views
ka071-IMG_6013.jpg
This giant ferris wheel was a landmark in Katata until it was finally dismantled.19 views
ka072-IMG_0151.jpg
19 views
ka073-IMG_6020.jpg
19 views
ka074-IMG_6011.jpg
19 views
ka075-IMG_6045.jpg
Biwako Ohashi Bridge is Shiga's longest bridge.19 views
ka076-IMG_6010.jpg
19 views
ka080-IMG_5876.jpg
The giant ferris wheel was a remnant of the Biwako Tower amusement park that had long closed.19 views
ka070-IMG_0147.jpg
18 views
 
67 files on 1 page(s)