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  • Address: Lake Biwa, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0001, Japan

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Lake Biwa Tours

Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater lake in Japan and one of the twenty oldest lakes in the world. Located northeast of Kyoto in the Shiga Prefecture, its proximity to the ancient capital has seen many references to Lake Biwa within Japanese literature.

Over the many millennia that the lake has been in existence, a diverse ecosystem has evolved, with more than a thousand plant and animal species living there. The lake also attracts thousands of water birds, and therefore birdwatching is a popular pastime around its shores. Other activities at Lake Biwa include fishing, boat rides, and a number of watersports. Bicycles can also be rented next to the train station nearby, with the wide paths around the lake making the area ideal for cycling.

There are a number of historical places of interest surrounding the lake, including Hikone, a city most famous for its castle, which is one of just four in Japan designated as a national treasure.

Practical Info

It takes approximately 30 minutes from Kyoto to Omimaiko Station near the lake, where there is also a pleasant beach.

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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making, Kyoto, null
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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

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Immerse yourself in the rhythms and traditions of farm life in a Japanese village during this 3.5-hour visit to the town of Ogi, including a ‘mochi’-pounding ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.04
Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide, Kansai, Cultural Tours
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Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide

On this 6-hour walking tour, discover the eastern shores of Lake Biwa, also known as the 'Koto' area, the historical home of Nobunaga Oda, a warrior who is ...  Read more

Location: Hikone, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.73
Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Beautiful Takashima Biwa Lake and Rice Terraces, Kyoto, Full-day ... 
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Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Beautiful Takashima Biwa Lake and Rice Terraces

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On this tour, you will be visiting the Takashima area on the northwest side of Lake Biwa that offers exceptionally charming views of both the lake and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $184.34

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