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The closest place to Osaka that has genuine snow

Getting here from Osaka can be a challenge for your patience. You have to ride a one hour train to... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2018
Snow and ski

We came on the 2nd day of opening. Its a friday and its pretty crowded. The quality of snow is gd... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Kido, Otsu 520-0514, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-592-1155
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

the morning we were there, it had been raining the nite before and a drizzle earlier so the view was foggy/misty. The ride to the top via the tram was nothing spectacular since there was no view due to fog. Up on the hill, the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LeeNClarke
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

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank wowwy
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

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Lei V
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

Date of experience: February 2018
14  Thank sak_amk
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

Date of experience: January 2018
11  Thank Snaro
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

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Ko A
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

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank 380miguelp
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

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank little_foot_sk
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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank BFehon
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

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank VikkiPoh
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30 November 2018|
Response from 1rene168 | Reviewed this property |
Welcome to Japan! You have to take the ropelift to the snowland. The lift costs you ¥2,000 per person. It's a little bit expensive. I think that your kid can play with snow around the entrance of the roplift, if you come to... More
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