Explore the shores of Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa, on this 193-kilometer-long National Cycling Route. While veteran riders may be able to cycle the whole thing in just one day, why not slow down and appreciate the natural beauty of the area; verdant rice paddies, seasonal flowers, and the complementary blues of the lake and sky. The route along the northern shore runs for about 150 kilometers, and a route on the southern shore runs for about 50 kilometers, so you can choose a route that best suits your fitness level. Be sure to stop and enjoy sightseeing, and sample local specialties along the way. Moriyama Station, the base of the route, is close to Kyoto, and can be reached in about 30 minutes via the JR Biwako Line.
Elevation Gain about 70m
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Lakeshore Loop of Biwa Lake
From JR Kyoto Station, take the Biwako Line for about 25 minutes to JR Moriyama Station, one of the major starting points of the route.