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Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

4.2
#1 of 91 in Parks in Shiga Prefecture
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 .
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  • When I was young, When I came to the lake bath ing and enjoyed the barbecue, I didn't feel much about the lake, but when I worked on the lakeside and drove to the lake west and the south of the lake, Lake Biwa reminded me of the grandeur and the splendor of the four seasons.
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  • Needless to say, it is the biggest lake in Japan. I think about half of Shiga Prefecture is Lake Biwa, but in fact, there is only one-sixth of the land in Shiga Prefecture.
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  • 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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