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BIWAKO CRUISE

BIWAKO TOUR OF ISLANDS

A one day trip for the complete Lake Biwa experience

This is a cruise in which you can spend a whole day experiencing the sights of Lake Biwa.

From the ship windows and decks you can enjoy the beautiful lakeside vistas and mountains to the west. Islands on the lake where the boat stops for sightseeing include Okishima, the largest of all the islands on Lake Biwa, also notable because it is a lake island that is inhabited (a world rarity); Chikubushima, with its rich religious history and beautiful views; and the beautiful Takeshima, an island that appears to change shape depending on the angle. In addition, there is a commentary provided while on board as well as a yoshibue flute concert.

It is a full day in which to immerse yourself in the charms of Japan’s largest lake. For lunch, a bento box is provided, using produce from Lake Biwa.

Cruise Route

Experience Lake Biwa’s history, nature and culture by boat

The only cruise that traverses the whole lake for a full day of enjoyment on Lake Biwa.

After leaving Otsu Port in the morning, the cruise heads for Chikubushima Port via Okishima Island, Oki no Shiraishi Rocks.

After turning around at Chikubushima Port, the home bound route goes via Takeshima Island, arriving back at Otsu Port at sundown.

Note: the cruise route may change depending on the weather. We ask for your understanding if some parts of the route have to be changed.

Outbound Route

  • (1) Otsu Port

  • (2) Ukimido Temple

  • (4) Okishima

    Japan’s only inhabited island on a freshwater lake.

    The Old-Fashioned Japanese Lifestyle Lives On.

  • (3) Biwako Ohashi Bridge

     

     

  • (5) Oki no Shiraishi Rocks

    Four rocks that jut out from the lakebed about 80m below the surface.

  • (6) Chikubushima

    An Island that has been revered as a place of
    worship since ancient times
    since gods are believed to reside there.

Home Bound Route

  • (8)Chikubushima

    An Island that has been revered as a place of
    worship since ancient times
    since gods are believed to reside there.

  • (9) Takeshima

    Means ‘island of many views’ since the island provides many beautiful views depending on the angle.

     

  • (11) Otsu Port

  • (10) Roadside Station
    Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza

    The ship stops here so you can shop for local specialties, produce and souvenirs.

Schedule / Fares


Reservations required. Saturday cruises from May 13, 2017 to Nov. 25 (with the exception of Aug. 12)


Outbound Route

Dep. Otsu Port 9:30 , Nionohamakanko port (port of call) 9:15

CRUISE ROUTE
Ogoto Onsen Port (port of call), Ukimido Temple, Biwako Ohashi Bridge, sightseeing stop at Okishima Island (approx. 40-50 mins), Oki no Shiraishi rocks Sightseeing stop – Chikubushima Island.

 

Arr. at Imazu Port 14:10
        (Regular Trips from Chikubushima to Imazu Port : Please transfer to the 13:40 vessel.)

Arr. at Nagahama Port 13:50
        (Regular Trips from Chikubushima to Nagahama Port : Please transfer to the 13:20 vessel.)

Home Bound Route

 

Imazu Port Dep. 12:00
        (Please take the regular trip vessel from Imazu Port to Chikubushima to visit Chikubushima Island.)

Nagahama Port Dep. 12:45
        (Please take the regular trip vessel from Nagahama Port to Chikubushima to visit Chikubushima Island.)

 

CRUISE ROUTE
Takeshima (sightseeing stop), Chomeiji Port (port of call), Biwako Ohashi Port (port of call), Ogoto Onsen Port (port of call)

Arr. at Otsu Port 17:55 , Nionohamakanko port (port of call) 18:15

Note: Visitor landing fees at Chikubushima and Takeshima islands are included in the fare.

Note: Subject to the season, the Lake Biwa sunset can be enjoyed on the home bound route.

Fares

Course Rute Fare
Return trip Otsu←→Chikubushima

Adult ¥8,950 Students ¥7,780 Children ¥6,020

*The return trip fares include a bento boxed lunch.

Outbound route Otsu → Chikubushima
→Imazu

Adult ¥7,580 Students ¥6,540 Children ¥4,980

*The outbound route fares include a bento boxed lunch.

Otsu → Chikubushima
→Nagahama

Adult ¥7,820 Students ¥6,730 Children ¥5,100

*The outbound route fares include a bento boxed lunch.

Home bound route Imazu →
Chikubushima → Otsu

Adult ¥4,800 Students ¥3,820 Children ¥2,400

Nagahama →
Chikubushima → Otsu

Adult ¥5,040 Students ¥4,010 Children ¥2,520

Note:
Scheduled island visit times are 35 minutes for Okishima (outbound route) and 25 minutes for Takeshima (homebound route).
For all ports of call except Otsu Port (Niono-hama Sightseeing Port, Ogoto Spa Port, Biwako Ohashi Bridge Port, and Chomeiji Temple Port), the cruise will only stop at a port of call if a reservation has been made in advance.
for student fares, a valid student ID card must be presented (junior/senior high school, university students)
child fares equate to elementary school age. One preschooler permitted for free with each paying adult (bento fee applies). Any extra children must pay the child fare.
May not be available with charter services.
Vessel arrival times are subject to change due to weather conditions, so please be flexible when planning.
Due to high winds or bad weather, the cruise schedule (timetable) and vessel departure and arrival times are subject to change and/or cancellation. We appreciate your understanding.