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Lake Biwa

Shingaicho, Hikone 522-0001, Shiga Prefecture
+81 748-32-2564
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  • Average18%
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Shingaicho, Hikone 522-0001, Shiga Prefecture
+81 748-32-2564
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Biwako is the biggest lake in Japan, and located in Shiga prefecture. This picture I took in the morning from a hotel, shows beautiful and shinning lake view. Blue sky and sun were reflected on the water clearly, and it was so awesome. You can...More

Thank minneys_kitchen
Reviewed 8 September 2017

In wide spots, the other shore is invisible. I would rate it 5 stars but I have not seen it all, and some parts appear to be industrialized, so i settled on 4. The part that seems to be most tourist friendly is Omi Maiko...More

1  Thank olga y
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Visited the lake around Nagahama and took a trip to Chikubu island. The cruise was great but just taking a picnic on the Biwa lake shore was just as nice, watching the sunset and listening to the waves. Peaceful and romantic!

Thank arieslia
Reviewed 18 June 2017

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
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6 November 2016|
Response from scianray |
If I have 2 full days .. which part of the lake should I cover with cycling ...
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