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Reviewed 24 September 2018

Biggest lake in Japan is just a short train ride from Kyoto (15 min from the nearest town Otsu). There are a lot of town to visit and a lot of thing to do. We decide to go the Ogoto onsen for their hot spring,...More

1  Thank jeanfran_oist800
Reviewed 24 May 2018

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

1  Thank Gabi N
Reviewed 22 May 2018

the lake is so vast i tot it's an ocean. the magnificient view of the surrounding mounts are something you should not missed out. just a stone away from kyoto and made my day trip possible,

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Best place to relax without no crowd. its just few minutes from Kyoto, but not many tourists as Kyoto but a lot of things to do same as Kyoto.

1  Thank R Y
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

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

Thank aquacic
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

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. You can...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

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

2  Thank olga y
Reviewed 6 September 2017

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!

Thank arieslia
Reviewed 18 June 2017

There are old shrines and temples in the small islands in this lake. If you have enough time, visit that place.

Thank Misoon L
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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.

2  Thank beachsideguy99
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Gordon C
12 August 2018|
Response from Gabi N | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late reply The lake has many beaches, we were in Shiga
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6 November 2016|
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If I have 2 full days .. which part of the lake should I cover with cycling ...