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White sands at Omi-Maiko, Lake Biwa.864 views
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Clear waters and beautiful Lake Biwa beach at Omi-Maiko774 views
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Omi-Maiko Station on JR Kosei Line. It makes it easy for people in Kyoto to visit Omi-Maiko. MAP483 viewsSign says "Welcome to Omi-Maiko." Omi-Maiko was in the former town of Shiga-cho that merged into Otsu.
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Green pine and white sand of Omi-Maiko, Lake Biwa.407 views
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Go left or right...366 viewsDisobey the sign and go right to visit the main beach.
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Parking lot entrance341 views
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Omi-Maiko324 views
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Monument for Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta).300 viewsIn 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.

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.

Another boat mate matched Oguchi's lyrics to the melody based on the old song called Water Lilies as modified by a young Chiaki Yoshida. It soon became a popular dormitory song.

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Go left to visit the hotel271 views
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Or go right to see the best beaches...248 views
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Manyoshu Monument231 views
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Attached lake behind the beach231 views
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Omi-Maiko Beach Management Office228 views
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Marker for Omatsu204 viewsOmatsu is the old name for Omi-Maiko.
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Goddess for lake safety200 views
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Monument for Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta)195 viewsThe 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. The town of Imazu even holds an annual song contest in June when choir groups from around Japan sing the song in a competition. The town even has a museum dedicated to the song.

One of the verses mentions Omatsu (now called Omi-Maiko). This monument commemorates the song and that verse.
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Monument for Biwako Hakkei. "Cool Breeze on White Sands of Omatsu" is one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa as selected in 1949.163 views
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Sailboats and Lake Biwa manhole for Shiga-cho in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.133 views
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Manohama Beach39 views
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Manohama Beach38 views
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Yachting and rowing on Lake Biwa.38 views
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Matsunoura Camp grounds along Lake Biwa near Shiga Station.35 views
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Juge Shrine near Shiga Station34 views
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Lake monitoring station34 views
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Manohama Beach33 views
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A little south of Omi-Maiko. Bicycled from Omi-Maiko and went south.32 views
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Heron hunting for dinner.32 views
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Kita Hira beach32 views
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Kita Hira beach for kids.32 views
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JR Hira Station on the Kosei Line32 views
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JR Shiga Station on the Kosei Line.32 views
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Water skier on Lake Biwa32 views
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Sailboats on Lake Biwa32 views
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JR Kosei Line near Hira.31 views
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