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 Otsu using our Otsu travel route planning site.
Tours To Lake Biwa
Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $166
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $228
Duration: 6 hours
Lake Biwa Reviews
See japan through the eyes of the locals. Took the jr train to omi-takashima and walked 30mins through some scenic places to reach the torii gate more »
The lake is serene and beautiful, but there is not much excitement in the local area. Very pretty views and lovely small local shrines are interesting, but I do wish there were more options for boat.... 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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