Biwako Valley Cherry Blossoms Festival – See Sakura at Ski Resort in Shiga



Speaking about Biwako (Lake Biwa) Valley, some people might think about a place where it is possible to ski in the Kansai area. But did you know that there is a Biwako Valley Cherry Blossoms Festival? Actually, there are nice ski slopes, that take just about 40 minutes from Kyoto by car. Out of the ski season, Biwako Valley offers other reasons to visit it as well. About 1000 Sakura trees are growing along a 1,5 km long road from Biwako Valley parking area to the foot of the Biwako ropeway. The first half of April may be the best time to gaze at those trees because they will be at full bloom.

The Story of Biwako Valley

Biwako Valley became a ski resort in 1965. A special point of this ski ground is that people can ski, while looking down at Lake Biwa. Beside this Ski ground, other interesting features attract visitors. In spring, the about 1000 Sakura trees bloom and the Biwako Valley parking area. The managing company organizes an event that attracts over 10,000 people every year.

Things to Do and See

During Sakura blooming season, the Biwako Valley Cherry Blossoms Festival is taking place for two weeks on the mountain foot station square every year. There, you will notice various stalls with food and sundries. On the weekends, the organizers set a stage. Thus, you will be able to see Japanese drummers, hula dance groups, and street performers on the stage.

When you had enough of enjoying yourself looking at Sakura trees, why not go up to the mountain by a ropeway and look down at the landscape of Biwako? Additionally, when the sun doesn’t shine at the foot of the mountain, you still have a chance to see it from the top on a sunny day. The ropeway sometimes goes up through the clouds and you will see the sun above the clouds.

This ropeway is the fastest one in Japan and its speed is 12 m per second. From the foot (950 m elevation) to the top of the mountain (1174 m elevation) it takes only four minutes. For sightseeing purposes, the ropeway sometimes goes slower, for example, 7 m per second.

The summit station of the ropeway marks the top of the mountain Uchimi. There are some places to take a rest like a café or a restaurant with an overwhelming view on the lake. From there, you can also walk to another summit – mountain Horai. There is a café on this mountain as well. The cafeterias of both mountains have a terrace and offer luxury pastime with an excellent view and a great selection of drinks.

Details and Access

Dates (blooming season): from the early April to the middle of April. The festival takes place in the middle of April. Please check the official website for the exact dates.

Place: Biwako Valley parking area (1500 m long)

Address: 1547-1 Kido Ohtsu city Shiga

Tel: 077-592-1155

Official website: http://www.biwako-valley.com/en/

Access to the area:

From JR Kyoto to JR Shiga station (JR Kosei line) 40 min.
From JR Shiga station to Biwako Valley 10 min, by bus. The bus comes every hour.

Ropeway information:
Weekday: from 8:30 to 17:00
Weekend: from 8:00 to 17:00
Every 15 min.
It takes 5 min. to the top.

Fee: adult 2500 Yen, child (12 years old) 1000 Yen, child (up to 3 years old) 600 Yen

Biwako Valley is at an altitude of 1100 m high, and the weather changes fast. Please check the weather before you go up there on the official website.

Closing Remarks

Watching beautiful Sakura is a precious thing for Japanese people, and they often sit under the Sakura trees to have a picnic or just to take a rest. If it is good weather, why not try it out too with the beautiful view on the Biwa lake?

If you would like to see this Sakura festival and explore Shiga prefecture together with a friendly local guide, please check the banner below!

Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

Here`s the link. URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2566/ 

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. It will be a miss if you don’t visit Osaka to see cherry blossoms when you are in the Kansai area in spring. Please check the following article to find out the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka and Kansai!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/osaka-kansai-cherry-blossoms-spots-sakura-festivals-feel-spring

Kyoto and Osaka have many beautiful spots to see Cherry blossoms. However, other areas also have excellent places for hanami. Tokyo features many of those spots as well! If you are in Tokyo around spring and looking for a place to see cherry blossoms, Why don’t you check the following article?

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1805/

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/


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