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Lake Biwa Museum

This is an interactive museum about Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa, where you can learn about the coexistence of the lake, living creatures, and people.

Museum

Located on the Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, this is an interactive museum where visitors can learn about the history of Lake Biwa and the relationship between people and living creatures. It is Japan’s largest lake-themed museum with a floor space of approximately 55,000 square meters, and is also known for its freshwater aquarium , which is rare in Japan. The museum’s mission is to promote better coexistence between people and the lake in collaboration with the local community, and it has attracted over 11 million visitors since its opening in October 1996.

It renewed one of the largest freshwater aquariums in Japan in 2016, and Baikal Seals, which can only be seen here in western Japan, made their debut. In 2018, the Discovery Room was renovated with five-sense hands-on activities that allow visitors of all ages to enjoy learning about Lake Biwa and its creatures, and the Treetop Walk , an aerial promenade to Lake Biwa, was also built.

In October 2020, the museum celebrated its grand opening after six years of renovation. There are many new attractions, such as the world’s first specimen of a half-body, half-bone Stegodon miensis in Exhibition room A, and a video of a Maruko boat on Lake Biwa on a tablet using AR technology in Exhibition room B. The museum’s new concept, “Biwako no chikara (Power of Lake Biwa)”, allows visitors to experience the long and deep connection between Lake Biwa, the living creatures, and people, as well as rediscover the power of Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa.

Highlights

  • An interactive museum about Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.
  • The largest lake-themed museum in Japan.
  • There is a freshwater aquarium, which is rare in Japan.
  • The grand opening took place in October 2020 after a six-year renovation.

Photos

  • Spectacular view of Lake Biwa from the museum.

    Spectacular view of Lake Biwa from the museum.

  • The tunnel tank in Japan’s largest freshwater aquarium

    The tunnel tank in Japan’s largest freshwater aquarium

  • The world’s first specimen of a half-body, half-bone Stegodon miensis

    The world’s first specimen of a half-body, half-bone Stegodon miensis

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Details

Name in Japanese
滋賀県立琵琶湖博物館
Postal Code
525-0001
Address
1091 Oroshimocho, Kusatsu City, Shiga
Telephone
077-568-4811
Holiday
Mondays (If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open. Other temporary closures may occur)
Hours
10:00am-4:30pm(Admission allowed until 4:00pm)
*Reservations are required through the official website
Admission
Permanent exhibitions: Adults 800 yen, College/High school students 450 yen, Children Free
Special Exhibitions: Adults 300 yen, College/High school students 240 yen, Elementary/Middle school students 150 yen
Directions
1) Take the Ohmi Tetsudo Bus from JR Kusatsu Station to Biwako Hakubutsukan (Lake Biwa Museum) Bus Stop for 25 minutes.
2) Drive for 20 minutes from JR Kusatsu Station, JR Moriyama Station, or JR Katata Station
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)