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Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

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#1 of 91 in Parks in Shiga Prefecture
One of the 20 oldest lakes in the world, dating back to 4 million years ago, Lake Biwa holds an enormous cultural and historical significance for the country. References to the iconic lake can be found in numerous great works of literature, especially in poems and stories about the great battles that have been fought in its vicinity. If you visit during summer months, you’ll see "hanabi" (fireworks above the lake), while you can also join an annual marathon that has taken place by the lake since 1962. Take a walk on the beach bordered by pine trees, have a picnic, go swimming, and enjoy the views by the clear water. Plan your Lake Biwa visit and explore what else you can see and do in Shiga Prefecture using our Shiga Prefecture travel route planning site .
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  • It is very beautiful on a fine day. Recently, there are many shops around Lake Biwa, so it's fun to go out on your day off!
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  • My partner and I had a spare day and decided after a long time travelling & a free day of nothing booked to try and get a beach somewhere close to Kyoto. We found this little gem. Not only is it beaut...  more »
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  • Spectacular lake. Accessible from Kyoto station by JR line
  • A beautiful lake that needs to be cycled around to enjoy the various sightseeing spots. You may not see them all, but soaking in the sights and sounds along the lake is good enough. As the haiku goes: "Seven views obscured, but in the mist, I hear the bells of Mie."
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