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A great cycling adventure around Lake Biwa

Shiga Prefecture


Set in the heart of Shiga Prefecture, just east of Kyoto, Lake Biwa is the biggest freshwater lake in Japan. The lake is encircled by a 200km cycling route called BIWAICHI, which means "a loop around Lake Biwa." Designated as a National Cycle Route, this scenic course runs around the entire lake and provides beginners and expert cyclists alike a variety of beautiful landscapes and unique attractions along the way.

Start your journey by renting a bicycle at the rental shops anywhere around Lake Biwa. The road is well-maintained and well-marked: just follow the blue arrows and you won’t get lost! Fuel your energy at the Cycle Support Stations and relax and stay at the many cyclist-friendly accommodations at night.



At Lake Biwa, every time of the year offers breathtaking sceneries, but spring and autumn are highly recommended. Although the route can be completed in a single day by an experienced cyclist, you should plan to spend at least three or more days to fully enjoy the charms of Shiga. Explore historic temples, shrines, and castles that retain their original keeps, discover ninja villages and ancient pottery traditions, and taste high-quality Omi Beef, known as one of Japan’s top three brand beef.



There are plenty of events taking place all year round on the shores of Lake Biwa, including the BIWAICHI Special Week held from November 3 to 9. During this period, visitors can enjoy many fun events, including cycling tours, while admiring the stunning autumn leaves.



How to get there


Bicycle rental is available by the east gate of JR Maibara Station, on the Tokaido Shinkansen.


Maibara Station Cycle Station
413-1 Maibara, Maibara-shi, Shiga-ken



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