The shrine famous for its god of good fortune, protection, academics, culture, and industry enshrines Emperor Tenji who transferred the capital from Asuka (present day Nara) to the land of Omi. Emperor Tenji enacted the Omi Code which formed the foundation of the Constitution of Japan, started the school system, and promoted industrial development by utilizing the latest technology of the time, and is revered as "a god of fortune" and "a god of guidance" for leading the fate of Japan in difficult times.
At Biwako Valley, you can climb to an altitude of 1,100 meters on the fastest ropeway in Japan that stretches 1,783 meters and has an altitude variation of 783 meters. You can even see faraway Osaka from the cabin surrounded 360 degrees by glass. The views of Lake Biwa along the way and from the summit are spectacular. It is also a famous sightseeing spot for daffodils and fall foliage.
As written in the Hyakunin Isshu by poet and monk Jien, Mount Hiei has been worshiped as the world's greatest mountain. It was registered as a World Heritage in 1994 because the world recognized the rich natural environment with Lake Biwa to the east and Kyoto to the west, and the Eternal Light that has been protected for 1,200 years.
An old historic temple named the “Temple of the Three Wells”, Mii-dera is said to have the sacred spring used for the first baths of three emperors – Emperor Tenji, Emperor Tenmu, and Empress Jito. The water can still be heard as it springs up inside the small shrine.
Michigan, which came into service in 1982, was named in honor of the international goodwill as a sister city alliance was formed between Shiga Prefecture and the state of Michigan of the United States. At a time when it was still rare to experience foreign culture at Lake Biwa, international exchange trainees coming to Japan from Michigan and serving guests in a luxury boat made headlines.