National Treasures of Shiga Prefecture

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by Philbert Ono

Updated: Apr. 2, 2014

Tahoto
Tahoto Pagoda at Ishiyama-dera temple.

Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has The Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho 文化庁) that designates tangible and intangible things, places, and people having important cultural or historical value with official designations such as Important Cultural Property (Juyo Bunka-zai 重要文化財) and National Treasure (Kokuho 国宝). Important Intangible Cultural Properties (Juyo Mukei Bunka-zai 重要無形文化財) are non-physical things such as performance or artistic technique designated as outstanding. People with exceptional talent in performing arts (演劇) such as kabuki and Noh, in music (音楽), or in fine arts (工芸技術) such as pottery and painting can be designated as Living National Treasures (Ningen Kokuho 人間国宝).

The owners of Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures, Living National Treasures, and practitioners (including organizations and groups) of important intangible cultural arts receive a subsidy from the Japanese government to maintain or repair the cultural property or to practice the art. Living National Treasures receive 2 million yen annually.

As of March 2009, Shiga Prefecture has 22 buildings designated as National Treasures. This is the third highest number in Japan after Nara (64) and Kyoto (48). In total, there are 214 buildings in Japan designated as National Treasures.

The following is a list of National Treasure buildings in Shiga Prefecture, followed by photos:

Shrines

Temples

Castles

Residences

Photos

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Konpon Chudo Hall, Enryakuji Hikone Castle Ishiyama-dera Hondo Ishiyama-dera Tahoto
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Miidera Kondo Hall Miidera Kangaku-in Hall Hiyoshi Taisha Nishi Hongu Honden Hiyoshi Taisha Higashi Hongu Honden
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Tsukubusuma Shrine Honden Hogonji Karamon Gate Mikami Shrine Honden Osasahara Shrine Honden
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Kongorinji Hondo Saimyoji Hondo Saimyoji 3-story pagoda Namura Shrine Nishi Honden
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Jorakuji Hondo Jorakuji 3-story pagoda Zensuiji Hondo Chojuji Hondo
Municipalities of Shiga Prefecture 滋賀県
Cities & Towns: Aisho-cho | Higashi-Omi | Hikone | Hino-cho | Koka | Konan | Kora-cho | Kusatsu | Maibara | Moriyama | Nagahama | Omi-Hachiman | Otsu | Ritto | Ryuo-cho | Taga-cho | Takashima | Toyosato-cho | Yasu
愛荘町 | 東近江市 | 彦根市 | 日野町 | 甲賀市 | 湖南市 | 甲良町 | 草津市 | 米原市 | 守山市 | 長浜市 | 近江八幡市 | 大津市 | 栗東市 | 竜王町 | 多賀町 | 高島市 | 豊郷町 | 野洲市

Municipalities of Shiga Prefecture 滋賀県
Cities & Towns: Aisho-cho | Higashi-Omi | Hikone | Hino-cho | Koka | Konan | Kora-cho | Kusatsu | Maibara | Moriyama | Nagahama | Omi-Hachiman | Otsu | Ritto | Ryuo-cho | Taga-cho | Takashima | Toyosato-cho | Yasu
愛荘町 | 東近江市 | 彦根市 | 日野町 | 甲賀市 | 湖南市 | 甲良町 | 草津市 | 米原市 | 守山市 | 長浜市 | 近江八幡市 | 大津市 | 栗東市 | 竜王町 | 多賀町 | 高島市 | 豊郷町 | 野洲市
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