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Lake Biwa

Shingaicho, Hikone 522-0001, Shiga Prefecture
+81 748-32-2564
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Shingaicho, Hikone 522-0001, Shiga Prefecture
+81 748-32-2564
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are old shrines and temples in the small islands in this lake. If you have enough time, visit that place.

Thank Misoon L
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Perhaps over-rated by locals...but a very pleasant walk after viewing the Castle. Travelled as a (mature age Australian foodie) couple to Japan in April/May 2017 - extensively by JR rail, air BnB Tokyo, hotels elsewhere.

Thank beachsideguy99
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Even though we did not go on the Biwa Lake by boat or camp around it, we spent a night in Otsu and visited the Flower Fountain. When the darkness falls the fountain's show even become more spectacular with the additional lights. The fountain can...More

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan. There are many things you can do (look up on internet) there are water sports in the summer, kayaking rental most of the year, camping, swimming, picnicking, having a beer or coffee, exploring with kids, finding fish,...More

Thank Miriam G
Reviewed 1 October 2016

The lake cruise to Chikubushima was wonderfully cooling in the August heat, though it was too hot to climb to the top. Nice way to spend a morning or afternoon

Thank Kurnalsam
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed on the shoreline in sight of Fuji. The weather was hot and humid but lovely to swim in one of the oldest lakes in the world! It was August not October

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful spot away from the heat of Kyoto and seemingly rarely visited by gaijin tourists, this beach has shade from trees and nice water for swimming. It is only 50 minutes from Kyoto on the train and there are food shops, changing rooms, toilets and...More

Thank jeaster1
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

The water Biwako is clean and clear, and is surrounded by trees, mountains that make up a rich fauna and flora around you. A perfect place to relax and do.

Thank marifugimoto1
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Just 45 minutes by train from Kyoto, the amazing beach of Omimayko beach can offer you an amazing day off. Great nature around and some nice bars where to get something to eat. More than recommended!

1  Thank gaia a
Reviewed 27 May 2016

Lake Biwa is large and the experience you get depends on whereabouts you stay since there are many towns surrounding the lake.

Thank jchong
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Is cycling advisable in early December ?
6 November 2016|
Response from scianray |
If I have 2 full days .. which part of the lake should I cover with cycling ...
What about Lake Biwa in DECEMBER? what is there to do for half a day?
21 October 2015|
Response from Michael E | Reviewed this property |
Swimming would be out of the question, as we did in August :-) We met however lot´s of people walking and cycling around the lake. The view is beautiful. I would suggest a long walk but can unfortunately not advice closer in... More