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Only 30 minutes from Kyoto with a local train till Shiga station, where the lake, the shrine and the buddhist garden give a unique experience to the visitors. The cable car to Biwako valley is easily reachable with a bus from the station
about an hour on train from osaka. once you reach here, get a cab from the station to the shirahige shrine. you can its most distiguished feature here..the torii gate. water so clear.we sat on the steps just admiring the lake and its beauty. also...More
Biwako is the biggest lake in Japan, and located in Shiga prefecture.
This picture I took in the morning from a hotel, shows beautiful and shinning lake view.
Blue sky and sun were reflected on the water clearly, and it was so awesome.
In wide spots, the other shore is invisible. I would rate it 5 stars but I have not seen it all, and some parts appear to be industrialized, so i settled on 4. The part that seems to be most tourist friendly is Omi Maiko...More
Visited the lake around Nagahama and took a trip to Chikubu island. The cruise was great but just taking a picnic on the Biwa lake shore was just as nice, watching the sunset and listening to the waves. Peaceful and romantic!
Perhaps over-rated by locals...but a very pleasant walk after viewing the Castle.
Travelled as a (mature age Australian foodie) couple to Japan in April/May 2017 - extensively by JR rail, air BnB Tokyo, hotels elsewhere.
Even though we did not go on the Biwa Lake by boat or camp around it, we spent a night in Otsu and visited the Flower Fountain. When the darkness falls the fountain's show even become more spectacular with the additional lights. The fountain can...More