Lake Biwa

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Lake Biwa (琵琶湖, Biwa-ko) is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, located entirely within Shiga Prefecture (west-central Honshu), northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto. [Wikipedia]

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Lake Biwa, Shiga (Directions)

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Blessed Biwa

Blessed Biwa

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Lake Biwa holds more than beauty. It also brings blessings as an object of worship according to both the Shinto and Buddhist belief. Its presence is part why Otsu is called a Holy Land.

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 Omimaiko Beach at Lake Biwa

Omimaiko Beach at Lake Biwa

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Are you looking for a way to take advantage of the warm weather of Kansai? Try Omimaiko beach on lake Biwa, a clear-water peaceful beach located only 45 minutes from Kyoto on the JR Biwa line. 

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Lake Biwa with the Michigan Cruiser

Lake Biwa with the Michigan Cruiser

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Lake Biwa is considered to be Japan's largest freshwater lake. This lake gathers admiration not just from the local community but with tourists visiting. People usually flock during the weekends.

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Snow at Makino

Snow at Makino

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Old wooden houses in the snow and stunning winter lakeside scenery at the small town of Makino in Shiga Prefecture.

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Shirahige Shrine

Shirahige Shrine

Cathy Cawood

The "floating" tori at Shirahige Shrine is smaller than the tori at Miyajima, but forms a beautiful scene against the backdrop of Lake Biwa.

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Okishima

Okishima

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Okishima is unique as the only inhabited lake in Japan and it’s long history is even more unique. The 450 residents descended from a group of 7 samurai who lost a battle!

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Northern Biwako Sunset

Northern Biwako Sunset

Cathy Cawood

Beautiful scenery along the Oku-Biwako Parkway from Makino to Nishi-Azai, starting in late afternoon and finishing with a pink sun set.

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Ho Park

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Nagahama Castle

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Initially built using stone walls in 1575 by feudal lord Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Nagahama Castle was destroyed in 1615. Now designated as a national historic site, an imitation of Nagahama Castle was rebuilt in 1983 using concrete.

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