One of the 20 oldest lakes in the world, dating back to 4 million years ago, Lake Biwa holds an enormous cultural and historical significance for the country. References to the iconic lake can be found in numerous great works of literature, especially in poems and stories about the great battles that have been fought in its vicinity. If you visit during summer months, you’ll see "hanabi" (fireworks above the lake), while you can also join an annual marathon that has taken place by the lake since 1962. Take a walk on the beach bordered by pine trees, have a picnic, go swimming, and enjoy the views by the clear water. Plan your Lake Biwa visit and explore what else you can see and do in Shiga Prefecture using our Shiga Prefecture travel route planning site .
Tours to Lake Biwa
Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $189
Duration: 6 hours
Multi-Day Tour from Osaka, Kyoto to Shirakawago, Hida Takayama, Kenrokuen BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $310
Duration: 2 days
Private Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $121
Duration: 5 to 9 hours
Lake Biwa Reviews
Fiz uma viagem sozinho até Biwa pois era a melhor atração da região. Lembro que fiz este roteiro vindo de Nagoya para Kyoto. Tem o castelo de Hikone no caminho para curtir também. O lago é bem utiliza... more »I took a trip alone to Biwa because it was the best attraction in the region. I remember I did this script from Nagoya to Kyoto. There's Hikone Castle on the way to enjoy it too. The lake is well used by young people to bathe, but there were plenty of Brazilians doing churrasquinhos around. In the corner, people fishing. I went in the summer. Very cool because it is fresh and calm water without waves. Although it looks like a beach.
予想以上に大変綺麗な景観を楽しむことができました。8月訪問ということで暑かったのですが、遊覧船に乗りました。おすすめです。 more »I was able to enjoy a very beautiful scenery than Expected. It was hot because it was a visit in August, but I took a sightseeing boat. It is recommended.
Spectacular lake. Accessible from Kyoto station by JR line
A beautiful lake that needs to be cycled around to enjoy the various sightseeing spots. You may not see them all, but soaking in the sights and sounds along the lake is good enough. As the haiku goes: "Seven views obscured, but in the mist, I hear the bells of Mie."
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