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Lake Biwa

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Address: Shingaicho, Hikone 522-0001, Shiga Prefecture
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Lively beach

Beautiful spot away from the heat of Kyoto and seemingly rarely visited by gaijin tourists, this beach has shade from trees and nice water for swimming. It is only 50 minutes from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan. There are many things you can do (look up on internet) there are water sports in the summer, kayaking rental most of the year, camping, swimming, picnicking, having a beer or coffee, exploring with kids, finding fish, crayfish, seaweed, hanami in the spring, and more. You can take a cruise from Otsu,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The lake cruise to Chikubushima was wonderfully cooling in the August heat, though it was too hot to climb to the top. Nice way to spend a morning or afternoon

Thank Kurnalsam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed on the shoreline in sight of Fuji. The weather was hot and humid but lovely to swim in one of the oldest lakes in the world! It was August not October

Thank Peter M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful spot away from the heat of Kyoto and seemingly rarely visited by gaijin tourists, this beach has shade from trees and nice water for swimming. It is only 50 minutes from Kyoto on the train and there are food shops, changing rooms, toilets and vending machines. In the summer the beach is obviously popular. There are jet skis outside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

The water Biwako is clean and clear, and is surrounded by trees, mountains that make up a rich fauna and flora around you. A perfect place to relax and do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Just 45 minutes by train from Kyoto, the amazing beach of Omimayko beach can offer you an amazing day off. Great nature around and some nice bars where to get something to eat. More than recommended!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Lake Biwa is large and the experience you get depends on whereabouts you stay since there are many towns surrounding the lake.

Thank jchong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Suitable for people who loves nature and photography. This place is much more beautiful during hanabi (firework-watching) in summer.

Thank syafiqahussin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

Biwa Lake its the biggest lake in Japan, nice lake views from the top of hikone castle. Relax walk close to it.

Thank Anjes P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

During the sometimes excruciatingly hot days of the post-rainy season Kyoto summer, a trip out of town to one of the beaches along Lake Biwa is an option to consider. By train, the easiest beach to reach is Omimaiko (43 mins by Japan Rail Kosei Line from Kyoto Station platform 3). Exiting the station, just follow the main road towards... More 

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