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 .
Tours to Lake Biwa
Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $190
Duration: 6 hours
Multi-Day Tour from Osaka, Kyoto to Shirakawago, Hida Takayama, Kenrokuen BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $312
Duration: 2 days
Private Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $121
Duration: 5 to 9 hours
Lake Biwa Reviews
晴れた日にはとっても綺麗です。最近琵琶湖の周りには色々なお店ができているので、お休みの日にお出掛けするのが楽しいです！ more »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!
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 »
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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