Lake Biwa, 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 .
Tours to Lake Biwa
Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $190
Duration: 6 hours
Multi-Day Tour from Osaka, Kyoto to Shirakawago, Hida Takayama, Kenrokuen BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $311
Duration: 2 days
Private Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $161
Duration: 5 to 9 hours
Lake Biwa Reviews
若い頃、湖水浴に来てバーベキューなど楽しんでた時には、この湖の素晴らしさをさほど感じなかったが、湖畔に勤務し、車で湖西や湖南を走る時に眺める琵琶湖は雄大さと四季折々の素晴らしさを改めて感じさせる。 more »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.
言うまでもなく日本で一番大きい湖です。 滋賀県の半分くらいが琵琶湖だと思いますが、実は滋賀県の陸地の1／6しかないんです。 more »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.
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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