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The Biwako Sosui or Lake Biwa Canal in Otsu is also noted for cherry blossoms.
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Lake Biwa Canal (Biwako Sosui) and cherry blossoms. This is one of two canals which supply water from Lake Biwa to Kyoto.
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Lake Biwa Canal and cherry blossoms in full bloom. They also light up the trees at night from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. Beautiful and serene.
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Lake Biwa Canal and cherry blossoms.
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Ishiyama-dera Tahoto pagoda
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During early or mid-April, you can see cherry blossoms while walking from the station to the Ishiyama-dera along the Seta River.
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Cherry blossoms along Seta River in Otsu, Lake Biwa's only outflowing river.
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Cherry blossoms and Tahoto pagoda at Ishiyama-dera.
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Ishiyama-dera's Moon-viewing Pavilion and cherry blossoms. Not open to the public. 月見亭
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Ishiyama-dera's weeping cherries and azalea bushes to bloom in late April.
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Main entrance to Miidera (Onjoji) temple. It is the headquarters temple of the Tendai Jimon Buddhist Sect (founded by Priest Enchin) and former rival of Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei, also in Shiga. MAP
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Priest Enchin (Chisho-daishi) also used the sacred well water for a succession ceremony and called the temple, "Miidera" using the kanji for "three wells." The official name of "Onjoji" was given by Emperor Temmu. Back of Nio
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Miidera's Kondo Hall and cherry blossoms in Otsu.
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Miidera's cherry blossoms are also lit up at night. (See photos at bottom.)
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Miidera's Three-story pagoda (Sanju-no-to)
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Miidera's Three-story pagoda (Sanju-no-to)
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View from the bridge during cherry blossom season, looking toward the Kondo Hall.
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Moon-viewing stage 勧月舞台 and cherry blossoms at Miidera with Lake Biwa in the background.
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Cherry blossoms and the Niomon Gate at night in April.
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Miidera cherry blossoms at night.
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Nagara Jinja Shrine
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Gate to Zeze Castle Park 膳所城跡公園
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Zeze Castle's main path to the lake shore is lined with cherry trees.
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Zeze Castle Park, Otsu.
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Zeze Castle monument. This park was part of the Honmaru. The castle was on a peninsula jutting into Lake Biwa. It was one of Japan's greatest lakeside castles. 膳所城跡公園
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Zeze Castle Park also has No. 4 High School cherry blossoms planted here in memory of the college rowers from Kanazawa University who died in a rowing accident on Lake Biwa in April 1941.
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About the No. 4 High School (Yonko) cherry blossoms planted in 1977. 四高桜
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In Sakamoto, Hiyoshi Baba road is lined with various cherry trees that bloom in mid-April.
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Hiyoshi Baba road in central Sakamoto. On the right is Mt. Hachijoji. 日吉馬場
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Hiyoshi Baba road
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Weeping cherry tree at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Otsu.
 
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