Lake Biwa Canal

Lake Biwa Canal, Kyoto: Address, Phone Number, Lake Biwa Canal Reviews: 4/5

Lake Biwa Canal
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Zapporah
Los Angeles, CA43 contributions
Beautiful in Cherry Blossom season
Apr 2019
I had the fortune of being able to visit here during the Cherry Blossom season and in a section of the canal that was not crowded. I could have stood on that bridge all day. Beautiful.
Written 6 August 2019
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Kwakaku
Sakai, Japan1,707 contributions
Part of the Dreamlike Canals between the Sea of Japan and the Seto Inland Sea via Lake Biwa
Aug 2018 • Couples
In 1890, Kyoto Prefecture under the Meiji Restoration Government constructed Lake Biwa Canal, two tunnel canals between Lake Biwa and Kyoto, which let the lake water run into the town of Kyoto, and which also worked as a means of water transportation until 1940’s. Then, there came a railroad days, and we have never seen a canal between the Sea of Japan and Lake Biwa completed. But the repeated ideas of digging a canal through the Fukasaka Pass suggests how profitable the transportation between the two waters. The transportation was so precious that we used to have lake pirates around Katada in Lake Biwa. Legend has it that Taira Kiyomori (1118-1181), the father of Shigemori, dug down and opened Ondo-no-seto, a strait between Aki and Bingo Prefectures from 1164 to 1167 to let Chinese ships access Central Japan through the Seto Inland Sea more easily. What if the Taira Regime at the end of Ancient Japan had lasted longer enough to finish constructing the canal between the Sea of Japan and Lake Biwa?
Written 28 April 2019
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AngyChin
Los Angeles, CA788 contributions
Escape from crowd for private sakura time
Mar 2018 • Solo
If you don’t want to fight the crowd for sakura viewing, this is one of my top 2 options. (Read my review on Konkai Komyoji)

You will see different color sakura. Occasionally a boat might pass by. There are also occasional benches to sit.

Take some selfie at your leisure. Simply lovely place to be.

This is taken near Kumano Jinja.
Written 29 March 2018
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hfulghum
Shoreline823 contributions
Unexpected But Lovely Walk in Kyoto
Sep 2016 • Couples
This attraction is a bit like the canal in London that extends from Camden to Paddington. What canal, you ask?

Exactly.

Kyoto has a wonderful set of canals, rather surprising in their extent, many of which can be walked along. The best known example is the Philosopher's Walk in the east part of the city.

There is a very small free museum - The Lake Biwa Canal Museum) east of the river, at the old canal boat pool and where the builders installed a sort of travelator for barges. This was a cable system for pulling or lowering boats up and down an incline to get from the upper canal to the city. You have to see the model to appreciate the genius of it.
Written 22 September 2016
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HYY_T
Singapore, Singapore71 contributions
Lovely place
Apr 2013 • Family
Okay, we actually lost our way going to philisopher's path. But hey, turns out this area is really lovely, especially during sakura season.
Written 8 May 2013
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PetertheJustOkay
Seattle, WA90 contributions
Needs water slides!
This was fun, but next time, it would be better to have a boogie board!
Written 25 December 2011
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jprk89
Kauai3 contributions
Historic construction project that brought Kyoto into the 20th century.
The museum is a great place to cool off after visiting the temples in the area. It has interesting exhibits of the project. Located on the east side of Kyoto near the temples and the zoo.
The museum is modern and overlooks the basin where the boats from Lake Biwa landed after their trip down the incline.
Written 26 July 2010
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