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Lake Biwa Museum has a world-class freshwater aquarium showing Lake Biwa's endemic species and more. Open 9:30 am - 5 pm, closed Mon. and the day after a national holiday. Admission 600 yen for adults.World-class lake museum for the exhibition of Lake Biwa's history, fish and wildlife, coexistence with people, and a large lake-fish aquarium. It is also a research facility with a number of researchers and curators. Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko was a curator here. Take a bus from JR Kusatsu Station. Open 9:30 am - 5 pm, closed Mon. and the day after a national holiday. Admission 750 yen for adults.
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My comprehensive video about Lake Biwa Museum. Shows almost all of Lake Biwa's endemic fish swimming in the aquarium and invasive species.
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Atrium entrance hall. MAP
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Exhibition Room A covers Lake Biwa's geological history.
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How Lake Biwa was forme from 4 million years ago.
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Display of endemic fish and other species found only in Lake Biwa.
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Wooden maruko boat which was commonly used on the lake for shipping cargo before railroads were laid.
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Human history around Lake Biwa.
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Awazu Shell Mound in Otsu near Seta River. Food waste consisting mostly native shijimi clam shells from thousands of years ago.
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Model of "Eri" fish trap commonly seen in Lake Biwa. Arrow-shaped bamboo fences lead the fish to a small area where they are easily netted by a fisherman.
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Life-size model of "Eri" fish trap where the fisherman nets the fish.
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The museum's ceiling looks like a boat hull.
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Area in front of Lake Biwa Museum.
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Thatched-roof rural house.
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Traditional kitchen with stream or spring water containing real fish.
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Research folders of data and diagrams of water utilization by people in all the cities and towns of Shiga. Done by Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko helped by ordinary citizens while she was a curator here.
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Large floor map of Shiga and Lake Biwa.
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Aquarium tunnel showing what the rocky waters look like near Chikubushima island.
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Aquarium
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Blue gill, invasive species and a major problem as it eats native fish fry.
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Black bass, an invasive species in Lake Biwa which eats the babies of native fish. If you catch one of these, you must not throw it back into the lake. Dispose of it.
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Fish breeding station to breed endangered species.
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Ancient fish like sturgeon and gar.
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Display of other lakes, such as the Great Lakes in the US.
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Museum restaurant serves lake fish.
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The Lake Biwa Museum restaurant serves black bass (invasive species) and Biwa trout. Very good.
   
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