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Biwako Valley

Kido, Otsu 520-0514, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-592-1155
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Closed from 3/19-4/27 of 2018

Check their homepage before going! I did check before I went but the website wasn’t so clear so I... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2018
wowwy
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Las Vegas, Nevada
via mobile
Winter wonderland

My family and I went to Biwako Valley on the first week of February. It was the coldest time in... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Lei V
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Santa Cruz, Philippines
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You can enjoy the terrace of Lake Biwa with a magnificent view overlooking Lake Biwa, Japan's elevation of 1,100 meters, north-south panorama. Attractions such as Skywalker and Zip Line are also available (reservation required). It is famous as the closest ski resort in the Kansai area.
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  • Very good49%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ski resort” (3 reviews)
“closest place” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Kido, Otsu 520-0514, Shiga Prefecture
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+81 77-592-1155
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Check their homepage before going! I did check before I went but the website wasn’t so clear so I didn’t find out until I arrived to the station. Good thing I live only 3 stations away! If you want to enjoy the crazy view of...More

1  Thank wowwy
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

My family and I went to Biwako Valley on the first week of February. It was the coldest time in Japan. We went to this place in order for us to experience snow there. We really enjoyed our stay there. We went yo snow land....More

1  Thank Lei V
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

We took a day trip from Osaka. I found clear instructions on this difficult to find so here is what we did: - train from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto (we tool the limited stop train from Kansai Airport, it was only one stop and took c.25min)...More

8  Thank Annie M
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Getting here from Osaka can be a challenge for your patience. You have to ride a one hour train to Kyoto, and then switch lines and ride a thirty minute train to Shiga. From Shiga station, you have to take a twenty minute bus to...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

For ski or snowboard, Biwako Valley Resort offer everything you need. You can rent almost everything like jacket (in a wide range of colour and size), pants, googles, boots, snowboard, skis, pole, hamlet at the Rental Centre off the carpark. You need to bring your...More

Thank Ko A
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Took a day trip here from Osaka on New Years day to let my girlfriend experience snow. From a train to bus to gondola approximating 2-2.5 hours in total it was well worth it. It actually snowed (pretty hard) once we reached the top. We...More

Thank Miguel P
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

We came on the 2nd day of opening. Its a friday and its pretty crowded. The quality of snow is gd. It keeps snowing nonstop. I find the rental a bit more expensive as i went to Hakodateyama ski a few days before. Nonetheless we...More

1  Thank little_foot_sk
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Went for a day trip to play in the snow. It is really easy to drive here from Kyoto. The gondola ride was nice. The kids play area was great. With sled rides and plenty of areas to play. The cafe was good. Although the...More

Thank Brendan_fehon
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

It was still early winter so the ski was not opened on the day we visited Biwako Valley. However we still had a blast playing with the snow and relaxing in the winter wonderland. Riding the ropeway gave us the opportunity to look at the...More

1  Thank VikkiPoh
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

we visited to enjoy the zip line mainly. unfortunately it was foggy and we couldnt see the great view of Biwa-Lake, even thou, it was so exciting to see the people disappear into the fog and only could hear their voice and the noise of...More

Thank momosiba
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Annie A
31 March 2018|
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Response from 旅好きじいさん | Reviewed this property |
Green season, from 14th April to 2nd December, Rope way operate 9am to 6pm, Biwako terrace, hill top cafe, open from 9am to 4pm.
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Liana R
21 March 2018|
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Response from Snaro | Reviewed this property |
For the past 4 years, snow on Biwako Valley has started in late December and is usually gone by April.
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29 January 2018|
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Response from Ko A | Reviewed this property |
The website "snowjapan" shows records of snow depth in the past. It looks like there are still little snow in March 2017. Yet, Biwako Valley is a beautiful place, even if you dont get snow up there, you will see the lovely... More
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