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  • Biwako Valley

    Heavenly resort where you can take in a spectacular view of Japan’s one-and-only Lake Biwa (Biwako).

    Located in the southwest of Shiga Prefecture, Biwako Valley is easily accessible in around 40 minutes drive from the Kyoto-Higashi Interchange. Visitors can enjoy this mountain resort sitting on 1,100m high Mt.Uchimi and Mt.Horai, from Biwako Terrace offering the epic panorama of Lake Biwa to the north and south. The popular Terrace Café offers light meals and sweets made from local ingredients while Lake View next door has a tasty lunch buffet with 30 different dishes at any one time. Before going home head to Biwako Street where you’ll find goods that can only be found here, the region’s largest souvenir shop.

    Other popular attractions include the Zip Line Adventure, Sky Walker, sledding and other sports, a sightseeing lift (operates seasonally), other activities sure to please both adults and children alike such as a swing with a spectacular view of Lake Biwa and handmade playground equipment. The Premium seats are also very popular with couples! Before you visit, check out seasonal attractions such as cherry blossom, narcissus and Japanese maple.

    Winter Season : Biwako Valley is also known as one of the best ski ground in west Japan. In addition to the sledging trail there is a half pipe, a snow park well equipped with items as well as a slalom trail and mogul trail so not only advanced skiers but everyone from children to senior citizens will have a great time. For meals the ‘Viking’ buffet is very popular and scores full points for the size of the portions!

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    Location
    1547-1 Kido, Otsu, Shiga 520-0514
    Access
    50 minutes from Kyoto by JR Kosei Line
    10 minutes from JR Shiga Station by Kojaku-Kotsu Bus
    Opening Hours
    <Green Season> : Mid April - Late November
    Weekdays 9:30AM - 5:00PM
    Sat, Sun and Holidays 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    <Winter Season>
    Depends on season and day (adjusted annually. Please check the website)
    Closed
    During 3 periods each year (late April, late June, late November - mid December)

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