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Lake Biwa, Hikone

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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. Put Lake Biwa into our Hikone tour planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Perhaps over-rated by locals...but a very pleasant walk after viewing the Castle. Travelled as a (mature age Australian foodie) couple to Japan in April/May 2017 - extensively by JR rail, air BnB Toky...  more »
  • Even though we did not go on the Biwa Lake by boat or camp around it, we spent a night in Otsu and visited the Flower Fountain. When the darkness falls the fountain's show even become more spectacular...  more »
  • 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, ha...  more »