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