Maibara (米原) is a city in Shiga, Japan.
Most of Maibara's visitors come in by train and never see more than the station. A major junction, Maibara is along the Tokaido Shinkansen line from Osaka and Kyoto to Nagoya and Tokyo (2 hours). Shinkansen travelers to Maibara typically use it as the gateway to Hikone, the town directly south. It is also the eastern terminus of some kaisoku and shinkaisoku (translated as rapid and new rapid) commuter trains from Kansai and the western terminus for all trains from Ogaki and some from Toyohashi. Some of the trains from Kansai go on further to Nagahama, Omi-Shiotsu, and Ogaki. Be aware that some eastbound rapid and special rapid services terminate at Yasu, which is short of Maibara when coming from the west.