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Shlomi T
Nagano, Japan1,415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Beautiful from far above. When you stand nearby, not too impressive.
It is huge. The largest in Japan. Mostly urban feel around, not too much wild areas and parks.
Did not see any beaches, maybe there are, but I am sure not too many.
Written 23 May 2021
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niuyunsheng
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
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
Written 11 February 2020
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Jennifer N
Washington DC, DC101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
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 tours.
Written 12 October 2019
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MissBMrA
London, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
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 beautiful, but the water is clean & warm it’s only 40 minutes from Kyoto. This is a must visit if you want beautiful scenery and relaxing space, but do bring snacks etc as they only have a few stalls selling very limited amounts of water & snacks!
Written 9 September 2019
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Mark
Queenstown, New Zealand2,910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Whenever I visit Japan I am struck with a dilemma, do I include a visit to Okinawa or Hokkaido as each of these places are special to me. Now that I've been to Lake Biwa my dilemma worsens, what a fantastic place, the shores of the lake were dotted with people fishing and campsites everywhere. Admittedly it was Golden Week but I couldn't help think of the fantastic adventures children would have and speak of for years to come of their holidays camping with the family.
The lake is said to be the largest in Japan with so much to offer, biking, fishing, walk trails, boating, camping etc.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from as well as restaurants, shopping centres and a golf course to name just a few.
If you're looking for a relaxing time either with or without family this is the place. I cannot wait to return with my fishing gear at the ready.
Written 6 May 2019
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Lorna S
Cwmbran, UK331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Lake Biwa is Japan’s largest lake. It is approximately 25 minutes by train from Kyoto and served by a local bus from Katata railway station. There are also plenty of taxis outside the station.

We chose to spend two nights here at the Lake Biwa Marriott which I rate highly,

There is a lot to do in the area if you like the outdoors . You can walk,bike or hire a bike.

The lake is surrounded by mountains and the wildlife is beautiful. Lots of bird life on the lake and we saw several eagles.

There is s pier with boat trips around the lake. There is also a shopping mall called pier Mall which had some nice shops and s good food court. We enjoyed dinner at the Orange Terrace restaurant. Lovely views of the lake with an outside terrace. Food was reasonably priced and very tasty,

We visited Kyoto for the day which was beautiful and easily accessible from Biwa. As it was spring break in Japan Kyoto was heaving with people.
We were very happy to have stayed somewhere quieter.
Be sure to visit you will not regret it.
Written 30 March 2019
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Jean-François Tessier
Montreal, Canada564 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Biggest lake in Japan is just a short train ride from Kyoto (15 min from the nearest town Otsu).
There are a lot of town to visit and a lot of thing to do.
We decide to go the Ogoto onsen for their hot spring, but there is beach, cruise, hiking.
Written 24 September 2018
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GabiNagy5
Budapest, Hungary17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
Only 30 minutes from Kyoto with a local train till Shiga station, where the lake, the shrine and the buddhist garden give a unique experience to the visitors. The cable car to Biwako valley is easily reachable with a bus from the station
Written 24 May 2018
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CacaTheExplorer
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
the lake is so vast i tot it's an ocean. the magnificient view of the surrounding mounts are something you should not missed out. just a stone away from kyoto and made my day trip possible,
Written 22 May 2018
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R Y
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Best place to relax without no crowd. its just few minutes from Kyoto, but not many tourists as Kyoto but a lot of things to do same as Kyoto.
Written 18 April 2018
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