If you plan to take a trip to Kyoto, it is also possible to combine a trip to Shiga Prefecture as well since it is right next to Kyoto. Check out Lake Biwa - Japan's largest lake, or say hello to 'Hikonyan' - Hikone Castle's famous cat mascot. People head to Lake Biwa in summer to swim in its freshwater and where it is not as sticky as the ocean. We suggest you try 'Biwa-ichi'- where you can rent a bicycle and enjoy cycling once around the lake. Shiga Prefecture is also famous for being home to the main Guraba Harie shop in Omihachiman where you can enjoy the delights of its Baumkuchen.