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Lake Biwa, Hikone

3.9
#1 of 63 in Parks in Shiga Prefecture
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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  • August 8, 2017
    Take a ship in Otsu, stayed at the hotel right in front of the Lake Biwa in Omi-Hachiman. In good weather after their stay of the ship when it was cloudy, but the next day, clean out. Lake Biwa area has many tourist destinations, so if you happen to want to visit.
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  • August 6, 2017
    In the fog in the aerial tramway up the refreshing mountain air temperature 20 ° C. Fog clears expanded views of Lake Biwa. Soothing to the view from the sky like forget about everyday life. To play and many other toys and has been also can experience, cheers families and small children would enjoy.
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  • August 5, 2017
    This time I could spend little, very nice place. Take more slowly, a little bit more I wanted to enjoy the Lake Biwa. I want to come again.
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Where to stay in Hikone

Few international travelers stay the night in Hikone, with most electing to see the castle, admire the lake, and be on their way. Three hours from the capital, and one from Kyoto, Hikone visits usually come as part of a trip from the capital to Kyoto, or a day trip from the latter. Those that do opt to stay in Hikone can choose from a good number of standard hotels between the main train station and the castle grounds, as well as some more characterful, traditional ryokans around the district of Kawara to the south.
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