Lake Biwa Museum

This is the place to learn about the history and ecology of Lake Biwa

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This is the museum to learn all about Lake Biwa. The theme of the museum is the “Lake and Man”. You can see, touch, and experience. Learning about Lake Biwa will enhance your enjoyment of sightseeing in Shiga Prefecture!
Business Hours
Tuesday ( 9:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Wednesday ( 9:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
business_hours.thursday ( 9:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Friday ( 9:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Saturday ( 9:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Sunday ( 9:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )

[close] Also closed as occasion demands.
Adult: 750 JPY
1091 Oroshimochō Kusatsu-shi, Shiga
(077 ) 568-4811

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Learning and enjoying Lake Biwa through this interactive museum

The Lake Biwa Museum which is located in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture is Japan’s largest lake museum. The flora and fauna for Japan’s biggest lake along with the relationship between the lake and people are displayed in an understandable manner. At every exhibit, you will be able to understand the link between Lake Biwa and humans at this interactive museum which can be enjoyed by the whole family from kids to adults. Within the permanent displays, Lake Biwa’s development and history are explored, and visitors will be able to easily understand the lake’s environment and the lifestyles of people through models and other paraphernalia. At the aquarium, you can observe freshwater life native to the lake. The Tunnel Tank and The Touching Corner are also highly recommended. The Discovery Room with 18 hands-on exhibits is a big hit with the small children. By observing the current initiatives toward the history of Lake Biwa and the various environments, you will become aware again about the importance of protecting nature.

Events at Lake Biwa Museum

At Lake Biwa Museum, there are plenty of events to enjoy. There is a lot of interactivity with nature so please refer to the homepage. Also, there are concerts and learning events regarding the life native to Shiga Prefecture. You can also experience things that can only be found in Shiga or Japan such as agricultural work in the rice paddies.

Surrounding facilities

Next to Lake Biwa Museum, there is a lotus pond which can be enjoyed from mid-July to mid-August, the Mizunomori Water Botanical Garden under the theme of plants and people, the Kusatsu Dream Windmill Farm generating electricity from wind power, and the roadside station Green Plaza Karasuma. Please enjoy the entire day satisfying body and mind through the wonderful nature and history of the Lake Biwa area and the delicious food there.

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