A path runs for about 7 kilometers beside Lake Biwa, from Hama-Otsu to Ishiyama and the mouth of the Seta River. It is a lovely place to walk, run or cycle in any season. You can enjoy splendid views over the lake. If you take a picnic, you will have a hard time choosing the best spot to stop, because there are so many. At one end of the path, Ishiyama Temple is well worth visiting, and at the Hamaotsu end, you could opt for a Lake cruise on the tourist boat Michigan, or head for one of the cafes or restaurants with views over the lake in Biwako Hotel.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.