Maibara, Shiga

Maibara (Japanese米 原 市, - shi) is a city in Japan in Shiga Prefecture.


The city is located in the northeastern part of Shiga Prefecture. It covers 5.1% of the total land area of ​​Shiga. The west of the city is bordered by Lake Biwa, the mountainous east borders Sekigahara in Gifu Prefecture.

In the northeast is Mount Ibuki, the most important landmark of the city and one of the " most famous 100 mountains of Japan ." The rivers Anegawa and Amanogawa open into Lake Biwa. About 70 % of the municipal area consists of forest.


On November 15, 1923, the Mura Irie (入 江村, -mura ) in Sakata -gun (坂 田 郡) for Chō and changed its name to Maihara (米 原 町, -chō ). On September 1, 1956 Maihara were (息 村, -mura郷) and Maihara (醒 井村, -mura ) incorporated in the same gun.

The appointment to Shi on 14 February 2005 with the merger of the Chō Maihara, Santo (山东 町, -chō ) and Ibuki (伊 吹 町, -chō ) in Sakata -gun. With the incorporation of Ōmi (近 江 町, -chō ) Maibara on 1 October 2005, the Sakata -gun was dissolved.

The name of the new city comes from the well-known JR Station, similar to the notation of the former municipality Maihara.


Mount Ibuki with a height of 1377.4 m is the highest peak in Shiga, a popular ski resort in winter and summer destination for many campers and hikers. A cable car and ski lifts leading to the summit, which offers a good view of Lake Biwa and the surrounding area. The nearest train station is Omi- Nagaoka.

The Samegai trout farm was founded over a century ago and is Asia's largest trout farm. You can also fish for trout and for children there is a shallow pond where you can try to catch trout with his hand there. Restaurants offer fresh trout. Directions by bus from the train station Samegai.

3 of 67 stations of the Nakasendō - a highway that linked Edo to Kyoto with - were in the territory of today's Maibara: Kashiwabara, Samegai and Bamba. One can see remnants of the old stations, the travelers were used for accommodation and to trading.

Riverside Amanogawa come in June before fireflies. Parts of the river are provided for them as a reserve.

The shore road at Lake Biwa offers good views in fine weather.

Samegai Baikamo are plants blooming their pretty little flowers under water in the river Jizogawa.

The Maibara Hikiyama Festival in early October is a parade of decorated floats which have a small stage, is listed on the children of Kabuki.

Despite the important railway station and the starting position Maibaras located in the immediate vicinity no possibility of accommodation. The can be found in the neighboring cities Nagahama ( in the north) and Hikone ( in the south).


Maibara 21 and 365 connected to the Hokuriku Expressway to Niigata Meishin highway towards Komaki or Nishinomiya, National Highway 8, direction Niigata and Kyoto and the National Roads.

Maibara has an important railway junction on the important Tōkaidō Main Line, where the transit through the network of JR West, which will take place from JR Central and vice versa. Furthermore Maibara is the starting point of the JR Central Tōkaidō Shinkansen to Kyoto in 18 minutes, 35 minutes in Osaka and Tokyo in 2 ½ hours drive away and the JR West Hokuriku Main Line by Joetsu. Both the Tōkaidō - and the Hokuriku Main Line mentioned in this region around the Lake Biwa Biwako Line.

Another line is the main line to Ōmi tetsudō Kōka.

Other railway stations in Maibara are: Kashiwabara, Ōmi - Nagaoka, Samegai.


The area around Maibara is famous for their beef Maibara Beef.

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Nagahama
  • Hikone
  • Ōgaki
  • Sekigahara