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Lake Biwa is near the center of Honshu island between Nagoya and Kyoto.
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Lake Biwa has the North Basin and South Basin with the Biwako Ohashi Bridge as the border. Seta River is the only outflowing river.
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The "Rio Grande" cruise boat awaits at Imazu Port on a miraculously sunny day during the rainy season. 梅雨でありながら、奇跡的にこんないい天気になった。今津港
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Boarding time at Imazu Port. In the forefront is a song monument for Biwako Shuko no Uta.
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Shirahige Shrine torii as seen from the cruise boat.
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Okino-shiraishi Rocks, a favorite resting place for birds which turned the rocks white from bird droppings. Four rocks stand 80 meters deep in the lake. Out of the water, the tallest stands 14 meters high. 沖の白石
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Ukimido Floating Temple, one of the Eight Views of Omi (Omi Hakkei). 堅田 浮御堂(近江八景)
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Water intake for Lake Biwa Canal No. 2. The Lake Biwa Canal (Biwako Sosui) supplies water from Lake Biwa in Otsu to Kyoto. After four years of monumental construction, the canal was completed in 1890.
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Entering Okinoshima Port. Okishima is the largest island in Lake Biwa. MAP
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Karasaki Pine Tree (One of the Eight Views of Omi or Omi Hakkei) as seen from Lake Biwa. 唐崎の松(近江八景)
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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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The Suigo boat ride in waterways connected to Lake Biwa is a major tourist attraction in Omi-Hachiman. We head for Lake Nishi-no-ko.
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Seta Karahashi Bridge crossing Seta River is a historically famous bridge.
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Setagawa River boat cruise modeled after the Ichiban-Maru paddlewheel steamboat which cruised on Lake Biwa in the 19th century. In operation during warmer months from Ishiyama-dera port and stopping at Nango Aqua Biwa and Seta-no-karahashi ports.
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Cycling on lakeshore road. There is a scenic cycling path all around Lake Biwa. Takes 2-3 days to cycle around the lake.
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Cherry blossoms along Seta River in Otsu, Lake Biwa's only outflowing river.
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View of Seta River in spring from Ishiyama-dera. Ahead is Lake Biwa.
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Lake Biwa and cherry blossoms as seen from Nagahama Castle.
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Nagahama Castle as seen from Lake Biwa.
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Nagahama Port is where you board the boat for Chikubushima. There are several round trips every day from either port. No reservations necessary. Within walking distance from Nagahama Station.Chikubushima can be reached from Nagahama Port, Hikone Port, or Imazu Port on the other side of the lake. There are several round trips every day from either port. Nagahama boat schedule: [url=http://www.biwakokisen.co.jp/[/url] and Hikone boat schedule: http://www.ohmitetudo.co.jp/marine_time-table2017_hikone-chikubushima-hikone_normal/index.html
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View of Mt. Ibuki as we leave Nagahama Port. Map for Nagahama Port
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Nagahama Castle from Lake Biwa
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Mt. Ibuki from Lake Biwa
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Top deck of boat going from Nagahama to Chikubushima
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The sliced-off peak fell into Lake Biwa and became Chikubushima. Read the full folktale here.
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Chikubushima is Lake Biwa's most famous, historic, and sacred island. National Historic Site MAP
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Chikubushima is home to Hogonji Temple first built in 724 as ordered by the Emperor to worship the Goddess Benzaiten. It belongs to the Shingon Buddhist Sect (Buzan School) and it is the 30th temple in the 33-Temple Pilgrimage of Saigoku. 宝厳寺
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Chikubushima is also home to Tsukubusuma (Chikubushima) Shrine which is also a National Treasure. Until 1868 when Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines were required to be separate, the shrine was part of Hogonji temple.
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure) on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga. It worships Benzaiten as well as the Dragon God and Azai-hime. 都久夫須麻神社
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Kannondo Temple and Karamon gate of Hogonji temple on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga.
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Interlaken boat to Imazu at Chikubushima.
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East view of Chikubushima, whose trees are badly ravaged by kawau cormorants. Over 30,000 of these birds live on the island.
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North face of Chikubushima is also badly damaged and going bald. The cormorant bird droppings and nesting activities (breaking off branches) are killing off the trees.
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Keihan Maru boat during the early 1900s. This is a vintage postcard showing a steamer called Keihan Maru moored at Chikubushima. This boat landing is still being used.
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Southeastern shore of Lake BiwaAs seen from Mt. Hiei Driveway. Kusatsu and Moriyama are in view.
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A number of attached lakes in Shiga were reclaimed to make rice paddies amid a shortage of food after the war. This has proven to be detrimental to Lake Biwa's ecology, and now Shiga wants to restore Hayasaki's reclaimed land back to an attached
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In Nov. 2001, part of the land was flooded with water as an experiment, and the ensuing plant and wildlife were observed. MAP
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For demonstrative purposes, an arrow-shaped "eri" fish trap was recently built in the biotope. It is similar to the ones found in Lake Biwa. It leads fish swimming along the fence into a small area where they can be caught.
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At the end of the arrow tip is where the fish eventually gather so fisherman can just scoop up the fish. The fish don't backtrack and so they don't escape this place.
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Ducks seek the protection of the reeds.
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Meanwhile above, a black kite soars above looking for fish. The bird is a common site at Lake Biwa.
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu from Enryakuji Station. The conical Mt. Mikami in Yasu can be seen on the right.
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu from Enryakuji Station.
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu. Omi Ohashi Bridge in the background. The towering building is Otsu Prince Hotel.
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Hikone Port for boats going to Chikubushima and Takeshima islands 彦根港
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Panoramic view of Lake Biwa from Mt. Hie.
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About 100 meters offshore are two large rocks in the lake. They appear above the surface only when there is a water shortage. This little shrine with two rocks are for praying for rain. 二ツ石
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Cycling path along the shore in Shin-Asahi, Takashima.
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Shin-Asahi
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Bird-watching area in Shin-Asahi.
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Genjihama Beach in Shin-Asahi.
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Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine's boat dock is used during the Sanno Festival when they carry the portable mikoshi shrines on a boat.
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Biwako Shuko no Uta song monument at Imazu Port. In June 1917, a song called Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) was composed by college student Taro Oguchi during a boat rowing trip around Lake Biwa.Lake Biwa Rowing Song. The boat goes to Chikubushima.
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Oguchi Taro was a member of the rowing club at Dai-san High School (now Kyoto University). He composed it in Imazu, Shiga Prefecture during the second night of the trip.
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The song is about the boys rowing around Lake Biwa while mentioning famous places like Otsu (the starting point), Omi-Maiko, Imazu, Chikubushima, Nagahama, and Chomeiji.The song is about the boys rowing around Lake Biwa while mentioning famous places like Otsu (the starting point), Omi-Maiko (Omatsu), Imazu, Chikubushima, Nagahama, and Chomeiji.
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The song became a national hit in 1971 when singer Tokiko Kato recorded it. Numerous famous Japanese singers and groups have since released cover versions of the song.
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One of the verses mentions a red fire on shore in Imazu. This is thought to be a lamp on the pier. This monument commemorates the song. More about the song here.
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Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan Museum, dedicated to the Lake Biwa Rowing Song, Shiga's most famous song. 琵琶湖周航の歌資料館 MAPIn June 1917, a song called Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) was composed by college student Taro Oguchi during a boat rowing trip around Lake Biwa. He was a member of the rowing club at Dai-san High School (now Kyoto University). He composed it in Imazu, Shiga Prefecture during the second night of the trip.
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Chikubushima and Mt. Ibuki as seen from Imazu.
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Imazu in winter
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Lake Biwa shore in Imazu, with a boat landing in the distance
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Scenic water on sunny day, Takashima
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Takeshima shows many different shapes depending on your viewpoint. A Nichiren temple and the priest's family are on the island. Boat for Takeshima at Hikone Port. The island is only 6.5 km from Hikone.
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Kawau cormorants. Shiga has over 40,000 of these birds, and 30,000 of them live on Chikubushima whose trees are being destroyed by the droppings and branches broken off to make bird nests.
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Takeshima in Hikone, Shiga. Map
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Nichiren Monument on Takeshima. This giant stone monument is inscribed with the prayer words "Namu Myo-horenge-kyo" from the Lotus Sutra. 南無妙法蓮華経
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View of Takeshima. Before the boat left, it circled around the island to show how different it looked from different angles.
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View of Takeshima, an island with many shapes.
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Another view of Takeshima
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Lake Biwa's southern-most tipThis leads to the Seta River, the lake's sole outflowing river. As seen from the Otsu Prince Hotel. The Omi Ohashi Bridge is also in view.
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Otsu shoreline and Mt. HieiAs seen from the Otsu Prince Hotel.
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The famous Karasaki pine tree as seen from Lake Biwa.
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View from Mt. Hiei
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Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) marker at Karasaki. Omi was the old name for Shiga. A woodblock print artist depicted the Eight Views of Omi. One of them was titled, "Night Rain at Karasaki" showing the big pine in the rain at night.
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Karasaki Pine Tree
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Mt. Mikami across Lake Biwa from Karasaki.
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Near Imazu, Takashima
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Ukimido floating temple in Katata, one of Shiga's most famous and picturesque buildings. One of the eight Omi Hakkei Views made famous by ukiyoe prints by Hiroshige.
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Another ukiyoe woodblock print by Hiroshige showing "Descending Geese at Katata" with Ukimido in the background. 近江八景「堅田の落雁」
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The Biwako Ohashi Bridge spans the neck of Lake Biwa's panhandle between Moriyama and Katata, the lake's narrowest width. Completed in Sept. 1964, the bridge portion over the lake is 1.4 km long.
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge is a toll road (200 yen for ordinary passenger cars), but free for bicycles and pedestrians who can go on the sidewalk. There are actually two parallel bridges, making it a four-lane bridge. The additional bridge was built in 1994.
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The hump at the center is about 26.3 meters above the lake surface allowing boats to pass under. If you bicycle around Lake Biwa, you can cross this bridge as a short cut. But I recommend cycling all the way down to central Otsu.
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With twin two-lane bridges, the 1.4-km north bridge (Katata to Moriyama traffic) was completed in 1994. The south bridge (1.35 km) was the original bridge completed in 1964 (for for Moriyama to Katata traffic).
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Kohoku Wild Bird Center and the Biwako Waterfowl and Wetland Center (A-frame building on the left). 湖北野鳥センター・琵琶湖水鳥・湿地センター
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Inside Kohoku Wild Bird Center. It has large picture windows facing Lake Biwa and high-powered binoculars enabling you to clearly see the waterfowl. 湖北野鳥センター
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View from the Kohoku Wild Bird Center.
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Tundra swans from Siberia at Lake Biwa.
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Bean geese at Lake Biwa.
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Lakeside park in northern Nagahama. This area was formerly Biwa-cho town which merged with adjacent Nagahama in Feb. 2006.
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Minamihama swimming beach, Nagahama 南浜
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Minamihama swimming beach in Nagahama. Pebble beach. 南浜
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Kaizu-Osaki is famous for cherry blossoms along the lake shore. One of Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Spots.
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megumi at Kaizu-Osaki Port, Takashima, Shiga.The cruise I went on docked at the port so we could get off and walk around for 30 min. If you go on a cherry blossom cruise, go on a cruise that will dock at Kaizu-Osaki. Some cruises only cruise and do not dock.
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Really enjoyed the cherry blossom cruise to Kaizu-Osaki. No hassle with car traffic. Totally worth it.
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Boats also leave from Nagahama and Hikone for Kaizu-Osaki.
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Leaving Kaizu-Osaki.
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Kaizu-Osaki is a peninsula easily accessible from Makino or Nishi-Azai Station. You can rent a bicycle at Makino Station on the Kosei Line or at Nagahara Station. Makino Station is closer so I rented a bicycle there at the tourist info office.
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Chikubushima island and cherry blossoms at Kaizu-Osaki, Lake Biwa.
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About Lake Biwa
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View from Mt. Hiei Driveway.
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Lake Biwa's South Basin.
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Definitions of endemic, native, endangered, and invasive species.Native species (在来種)
Naturally inhabits Lake Biwa or Shiga and not introduced by man. May also inhabit places outside Shiga.

Endemic species (固有種・亜種)
Native species found only in Lake Biwa or Shiga.

Endangered species (絶滅危惧種)
Those facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Invasive species (侵略的外来種)
Introduced by man and harms the native species, environment, and local ecosystem.
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Nigorobuna carp (ニゴロブナ 似五郎鮒) - Endangered endemic species, famous for funazushi.
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Gengorobuna carp (ゲンゴロウブナ) - Endangered endemic species
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Lake Biwa Giant Catfish is the lake's largest endemic species (max. 1.2 meter long), dubbed the King of Lake Biwa.
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Albino Lake Biwa Giant Catfish
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Biwa trout/salmon - Endemic to Lake Biwa and lives in deep, cold (15˚C), pelagic waters. These are juvenile fish. Delicious!
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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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Largemouth bass (black bass) and bluegill are Lake Biwa's worst invasive species. They eat eggs and fry of native fish, crustaceans, and insects.
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Around the lake are disposal bins for invasive fish. Do not throw invasive fish back into the lake.
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Ancient Fish 古代魚 Sturgeon (チョウザメ) and gar have changed little over millions of years. They are called living fossils. Ancient fish feeding time is 3:40 pm. Sturgeon use their barbel whiskers to feel the bottom for food. They have no teeth.
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Maruko-bune, a traditional wooden boat mainly for shipping cargo across Lake Biwa in the old days. 丸子船
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During the 17th and 18th-centuries, over 1,000 maruko-bune sailed on the lake. The busiest ports were Shiotsu in the north and Otsu. After railroads were built, maruko-bune dwindled.Today, there are no maruko-bune on Lake Biwa.
*Diorama of Oura Port at Maruko-bune Museum in Nagahama.
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About 30 ancient maruki-bune have been found in Shiga, mainly in the Hikone-Maibara area. This one dates from 1,800 years ago (Yayoi Period). 丸木船
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Maruki-bune replica displayed at the Azuchi Castle Archaeological Museum in Omi-Hachiman. 滋賀県立安土城考古博物館In 1990, the Shiga Prefectural Association for Cultural Heritage had this replica made for a successful voyage from northern Nagahama to Chikubushima island, proving its viability.
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Magnee, Shiga LakeStars official mascot modeled after the Lake Biwa catfish. Kind of strange seeing a fish with two legs...
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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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Most of Lake Biwa's cruise boats are named after Shiga Prefecture's sister states or cities. Michigan, USA is Shiga's sister state. Michigan is home to the largest lake in the US, while Shiga is home to Japan's largest lake.
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Michigan paddlewheel boat leaving Otsu Port, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
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Michigan paddlewheel boat on Lake Biwa.
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Makino Sunny Beach is a major swimming beach on Lake Biwa in summer. MAP
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Makino Sunny Beach
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Makino Station is the closest station to Kaizu-Osaki in northern Lake Biwa. Famous for cherry blossoms in mid-April. Best to rent a bicycle at Makino Station. Kaizu-Osaki photos here.
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge as seen from Mt. Hiei.
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View from Oku Biwako Parkway
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View from Oku Biwako Parkway
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Great summer day for the beach at Omi-Maiko, one of the most popular and whitest beaches on Lake Biwa.
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Green pine and white sand of Omi-Maiko, Lake Biwa.
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Central Otsu lakefront
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Nightly water fountain show at Otsu Port. MAP
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Central Otsu lakefront is rocky most of the way, with no beaches.
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Biwako Bunkakan museum closed in March 2008. The museum was known for Buddhist art, including National Treasures. It has been here for as long as most Otsu residents can remember.
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Otsu's nice lakefront walking promenade in an area called Nagisa Koen Park in Nionohama. Notice the box on the right... なぎさ公園
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Artificial shoreline is actually not good for the lake ecologically. They should grow reeds instead.
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Approaching Otsu Prince Hotel, major landmark visible from afar.
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Omi Ohashi Bridge at the southern tip of Lake Biwa. 近江大橋
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Lakeside at Zeze Castle Park.
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Lakeside at Zeze Castle Park with Omi Ohashi Bridge in the distance.
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Biwako motorboat race in Otsu.
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Biwako Motorboat race
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Different boats on Lake Biwa.
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Great views of northern Lake Biwa as seen from Mt. Shizugatake.
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Northern Lake Biwa, looking toward Sugaura. Seen from Mt. Shizugatake.
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That's Chikubushima island on the left.
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Shimmering waters of Lake Biwa.
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Lake Yogo as seen from Mt. Shizugatake in Nagahama, Shiga. This is in May.
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Omi-Shirahama Beach on Lake Biwa. MAP
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Caffy, the official mascot of Sports Recreation Shiga 2008, is modeled after the Lake Biwa Giant Catfish, a unique species found only in Lake Biwa.
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Northern Lake Biwa
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Near Sugaura in northern Lake Biwa
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Sugaura in northern Lake Biwa
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Takatsuki-cho
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Shirahige Shrine torii, Takashima. One of Lake Biwa's best-known landmarks. It faces the shrine on land. Rent a bicycle or go by taxi from Omi-Takashima Station (Kosei Line).
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Off the shore of Takashima, with Shirahige Shrine's torii in the lake.
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Off the shore of Takashima, with Shirahige Shrine's torii in the lake. "Shirahige" means white beard, and so people pray here for long life and longevity. The shrine is dedicated to a god named Sarutahiko. 白鬚神社
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Shirahige Shrine's torii in Lake Biwa. The torii is a smaller version of the much more famous one in Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture).
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Shirahige-no-Hama Beach in Takashima. I know they did some filming here for the NHK Taiga Drama "Go" where she rides on horseback. 白ひげの浜
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Shirahige-no-Hama Beach and Lake Biwa in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture.
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A small stream empties into Lake Biwa through Haginohama Beach. Numerous streams and rivers like this one feed water to the lake.
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A small stream empties through Haginohama Beach
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Haginohama Beach in Takashima.
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Kamogawa Katsuno Enchi park in Takashima. 鴨川勝野園地
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The sand is not as nice.
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Operated by Shiga Prefecture's Board of Education since Aug. 2, 1983, the Uminoko "Biwako Floating School" is an educational boat going on overnight voyages year-round on Lake Biwa, taking Shiga's 5th graders.
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One activity they held during the tour was plankton observations through a microscope, held in sleeping quarters for girls.
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Yoshibue reed flute, made from reeds growing in Lake Biwa (Lake Nishinoko).
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Yoshibue Junior Ensemble kids playing the reed flute. Also see my YouTube video here. and here..
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Lake Yogo is famous for the Swan maiden legend. Her statue at Lake Yogo.
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Lake Yogo is a small scenic lake next to northern Lake Biwa.
   
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