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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.

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Lake Biwa, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, 522-0001
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Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan with BBQ Option

Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan with BBQ Option

Lake Biwa, or Biwako, is Japan’s biggest lake closely located at just about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Kyoto. It is recognized as one of the most ancient lakes in the world, and the only lake of its kind in Japan. Biwako has been designated as a UNESCO Ramsar Wetland since 1993 boasting a rich ecosystem with approximately 1,000 different species of plant and animal life. Our sailing experience takes place in the splendor of such a magnificent atmosphere. This activity is conducted with our company-owned 30ft private sailboat. All amidst a pleasant breeze experienced most of the year by cruising over the mirror-like calm water as you hear the gentle sound of wind and birdsong. The sailing adventure is a refreshingly promising choice for breaking away from the hustle and bustle of the city center in Kyoto. The activity starts at 2PM with two options such as 3 hour cruising with or without BBQ after sailing (the options with BBQ consists of 3-hour sailing and 2-hour BBQ, TTL 5 hours).
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.11
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$60.11

Shirahige Shrine Kayak Tour

Shirahige Shrine Kayak Tour

You can kayak on the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. A kayak guide will accompany you, so you can enjoy it even for the first time. The destination is Torii on Lake Biwa. It is the property of the oldest shrine in Lake Biwa. Experience good memories at GOODTIMES TOURS!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.08
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