|Taga, Shiga (多賀町; Taga-chō)|
|Taga Matsuri More Taga photos here.|
|Google Map of Taga here.|
|Location||Shiga Prefecture, Kinki region, Honshu island, JAPAN|
|Population||7,531 (20 foreigners) (2014-06-01)|
|Town Centers||Taga Taisha|
|Major Sights||Taga Taisha Shrine|
|Major Gateways||Taga Taisha-mae Station|
|Train Stations||Taga Taisha-mae Station|
|Claim to Fame||Taga Taisha Shrine|
|Products||Ito-kiri mochi 糸切餅|
|Neighbors||Hikone, Kora-cho, Aisho-cho, Maibara, Higashi-Omi, Inabe (Mie), Ogaki (Gifu)|
|Historical Persons||Izanagi, Izanami (Shinto god)|
|Links||Taga Articles | Taga Photos|
|Taga Tourist Information|
|Location||Same as town hall.|
|Tourist Links||Taga Tourism|
|Taga Town Hall 多賀町役場|
Taga 324, Taga-cho, Inukami-gun, Shiga 522-0341 JAPAN
|Official Site||Japanese ||
|Symbols||Flower:||Lilium japonicum ササユリ|
|Tree:||Japanese Cedar スギ|
|Bird:||Japanese Bush Warbler ウグイス|
This page is 70% complete. Last updated: Aug. 12, 2016
by Philbert Ono
Taga (多賀町; Taga-chō) is a town in eastern Shiga Prefecture.
Rural town next to Hikone and best-known for Taga Taisha Shrine, Shiga's most popular shrine, especially during New Year's and early Aug. Meaning "Many Felicitations," Taga is perhaps Shiga's most auspicious municipality name.
Amazing to see such major festivals for such a small town. It will make you want to visit the town again and again.
|Taga Taisha on New Year's||Taga Taisha New Year's dance||Lantern Festival|
|Taga Taisha Setsubun||Taga Matsuri||Taga Taisha Rice-Planting Festival|
- Taga Taisha Shrine 多賀大社 - Dedicated to Izanagi and Izanami, two of Japan's most famous gods, Taga Taisha Shrine is Shiga Prefecture's most popular Shinto shrine during New Year's with over 490,000 worshippers. Walk 10 min. from Taga Taisha-mae Station on the Ohmi Railways Taga Line. Map
- Kawachi Fuketsu Cavern 河内の風穴] - Cavern with a small entrance, but large interior made of coal. Takes 15-30 min. to see 200 meters of the cavern which stretches on for 6,800 meters. Average temperature of 12 C even in summer. Admission 500 yen. Accessible by car, 20 min. from town. Map
- Kirin Beer Shiga Factory - Free factory tours (70 min. or 90 min.) of the brewery are held. Two tours are available: One for beer (beer tasting at the end of the tour) and the other is for bottled tea (lemon tea, milk tea). For tour times and reservations, call in Japanese 0749-48-2810. Closed on Sun., Mon., and national holidays. From Minami Hikone Station, it takes 10 min. by bus. Get off at Kirin Beer-mae and enter through the Seimon Gate (正門). Or walk 15 min. from Ohmi Railways Screen Station. Website | Map
- Feb. 3: Taga Taisha Setsubun Festival 多賀大社 節分祭 - It marks the beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar. So they throw beans at ogre to eliminate the evil of the previous year and bring in good fortune. On Feb. 3, 2009, Taga Taisha had an impressive ogre (called oni in Japanese) dancers from Shimane Prefecture to act as the demons to chase away during the festival. Map
- April 22: Taga Matsuri 多賀まつり - A long procession featuring Shinto priests, children in costume, women warriors, and more people on 40 horses. A total of 500 people were in the procession. There is a morning procession from Taga Taisha to Totonomiya Shrine deep in Taga's countryside, and an afternoon (main) procession going to the Otabisho, a short distance away from Taga Taisha. Map
- 1st Sun. in June - Taga Taisha Rice-Planting Festival 多賀大社御田植祭 - Held annually on the first Sunday in June, the Taga Taisha O-taue Matsuri rice-planting festival has 70 local junior high school girls planting rice in the shrine's sacred rice paddy. There's also a stage for ceremonial performances and rituals. A ceremony starts at 1 pm at the shrine, then the rice planting starts at the nearby sacred rice paddy at 2 pm. Map
- Aug. 3-5 - Taga Taisha Mantosai Lantern Festival 多賀大社万燈祭 or 10,000-Lantern Festival is a night festival when numerous lanterns are lit within the shrine grounds. The lanterns are for the repose of ancestral spirits. Various sacred dances and entertainment are also held nightly during the festival. Map
- Taga Taisha is a 10-min. walk from the train station. Some shops and restaurants line the road in front of the shrine.
- Taga is famous for kiri-mochi which are kochi with pin stripes. A number of different shops sell them.
Train Lines & Stations
- From Tokyo Station to Taga Taisha-mae Station: JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Maibara Station (2.5 hours), then transfer to Ohmi Railways for Taga Taisha-mae Station (30 min.).
- From Maibara Station to Taga Taisha-mae Station: 30 min. via Ohmi Railways
- From Hikone Station to Taga Taisha-mae Station: 15 min. via Ohmi Railways
- From Takamiya Station to Taga Taisha-mae Station: 5 min. via Ohmi Railways
- From Hikone Station via Ohmi Bus: 15 min.
- Kansai International Airport
- Central Japan International Airport (Centrair)
- Osaka International Airport
To Taga Taisha Shrine, you can walk from the train station. For other places, catch a taxi from the train station. Buses leave infrequently.
Placemarks in Google Maps are in English. Click on upper right icon to enlarge.
|Taga Taisha Setsubun||Taga Matsuri|
|Rice-planting Festival||Dragon Dance|
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More Shiga videos here.
Other sights in neighboring cities/towns within easy reach from Taga.
- New Year's Day at Taga Taisha - January 1, 2014
- Taga Matsuri, one of Shiga’s Top 10 festivals in April-May - April 11, 2013
- Setsubun at Taga Taisha Shrine - January 27, 2012
- New Year’s worshippers in Shiga - December 28, 2011
- Taga is blessed with factories of leading companies, contributing to about 30 percent of the town's tax revenue.
|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|
|Prefectures of Japan|
|Aichi | Akita | Aomori | Chiba | Ehime | Fukui | Fukuoka | Fukushima | Gifu | Gunma | Hiroshima | Hokkaido | Hyogo | Ibaraki | Ishikawa | Iwate | Kagawa | Kagoshima | Kanagawa | Kochi | Kumamoto | Kyoto | Mie | Miyagi | Miyazaki | Nagano | Nagasaki | Nara | Niigata | Oita | Okayama | Okinawa | Osaka | Saga | Saitama | Shiga | Shimane | Shizuoka | Tochigi | Tokushima | Tokyo | Tottori | Toyama | Wakayama | Yamagata | Yamaguchi | Yamanashi|