Otsu city (大津市) is the capital of Shiga prefecture (滋賀県), with a population of over 340,000 people. The heart of the city is the area between Otsu station and Ishiyama station. The area in front of Otsu station is the business and governmental centre, home to municipal, prefectural and national government offices. This is a busy urban centre. This is also where our English conversation school (スミス英会話大津校) is located, right in front of Otsu station, between Shiga Building (滋賀ビル) and Lake Biwa National Government Building (琵琶湖大津合同庁舎). In this concrete jungle, in this bureaucratic hub, where can a person go for a little peace and quiet?
Tenson Shrine (天孫神社) is located less than 200 meters from Otsu station. Though small, it is a little oasis in the middle of the city. Built over 1200 years ago, the shrine has 2 gates, a central stage, and dozens of trees packed into the tiny grounds. In April, the trees show their true colours, i.e. pink, as the cherry blossoms are on display. Many business people enjoy a stroll through Read More