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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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  • Able to offer Chikubu Island area near the North-Western Tower of Hikone Castle. Lived in but unfortunately weather to take pictures in the downhill, was disappointing.
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  • Lake. Yu and feeling not at all. Is this sprawling feel sea correctly! It is. : Around the Lake Biwa circuit drives it might be fun!
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  • It is the largest lake in the Japan. It is the only one with inhabited islands. Coming from the hikone Castle is not the nicest part. There is a road that long throughout the Bank.
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