Lake Biwa is Japan's largest lake: 100m deep, 64km long, and with a shoreline of 235km. It's also one of the oldest freshwater lakes in the world, formed more than 4 million years ago.
“Thanks to its proximity to Kyoto, Lake Biwa appears in many of Hiroshige's woodblock prints. Even now the lake is a soothing escape from the big city.”
Recommended Accommodation in Lake Biwa
The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Lake Biwa.
Grand Park Makino
Weather in Lake Biwa
The Climate Guide for Lake Biwa, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||6||6||10||17||21||25||29||30||26||20||15||9|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||-1||-1||1||6||11||16||21||22||18||11||6||1|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||3||4||5||6||6||5||5||6||5||5||4||4|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||10||11||12||13||14||14||14||13||12||11||10||10|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||None||None||None||None||None||None||Moderate||High||Low||None||None||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||23||22||21||17||15||18||19||17||18||16||17||21|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||96||96||127||140||147||221||242||135||219||116||86||73|
|UV Index (Maximum)||3||4||6||8||9||10||11||10||8||6||3||2|
Featured trips including Lake Biwa
Small Group Tour
Tokaido Trail (IJT Essential)
- Lake Biwa
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