Lake Biwa (Biwa-ko) is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. Located in Shiga Prefecture, this beautiful lake has made frequent appearances in Japanese classic literature. The best way to enjoy Biwako is probably to experience the Michigan Cruise, which departs frin Otsu Port and makes brief stops at major sightseeing spots like Otsu Prince Hoteland Biwako Otsukan before going back to Otsu Port. Inside this 19th-century-style cruise ship, you can find a dining restaurant with buffet and a fast food bar that offers light meals. Don't forget to climb up to the Sky Deck to enjoy a panoramic view of this epic lake.
★English pamphlet: http://www.biwakokisen.co.jp/MichiganA4leaflet_EN_ol_0417.pdf
★Access: From Kyoto Station to Otsu Station: 8 minutes by JR
From Otsu Station to Otsu Port: 5 minutes by bus
Photos & report by Huong Tang
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