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Cherry Blossoms in Lake Biwa Canal 2019 – a Magnificent Sakura Spot in Shiga

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Lake Biwa is the biggest lake in Japan and it is located almost in the middle of the main island – Honsyu. There is a historic canal from the lake Biwa to Kyoto that supplies the city with water
In the springtime, this canal is not only a supplier of water but also serves as one of the best Sakura appreciation spots in Shiga prefecture. In this article, I would like to introduce you this canal when its benches turn pink in April.

The Canal

The lake Biwa canal (Biwako Sosui) consists of two parts. The first part was built in 1890 and the second one in 1912.

The water from lake Biwa has been utilized as tap water, for the hydroelectric power generation, for agriculture, and other industries in Kyoto. It also served as a transportation route to Kyoto city. Therefore, lake Biwa canal played an important role in the modernization of Kyoto.
(The hydroelectric power generation station in Kyoto is the first one that was built in Japan.)

Nowadays 200 million tons of water per year come from lake Biwa to Kyoto city.

Currently, there is no transportation service from the lake Biwa to Kyoto by the canal. In its heyday, around 1925, there were about 150 boats running through the canal on a daily basis. The times have changed, and people choose trucks over the boats due to economic reasons. The canal’s transportation line was closed in 1951.

After 60 years from closing lake Biwa canal transportation line, there are a lot of people who wish to take a sightseeing trip at the canal. Although there is no regular sightseeing boat yet, a seasonal boat is organized every year for tourists.

Things to Do and See

About 500 cherry trees line up both sides of the canal. The two main cherry tree types, Someiyoshino and Yamasakura, reflect on the river’s surface and its sight is fantastic.
During the blooming season, the trees are lighted up in the darkness from 18:30 to 21:30.

Besides this area, there are several Sakura viewing points near the lake canal.

One of is the Mii (Miidera) where over 1000 Sakura trees grow. It takes about 10 minutes from Miidera temple.

Details and Access

Dates: From the end of March to the middle of April is the best time to see the cherry blossoms.
At night, the Sakura trees are illuminated so you can enjoy a different atmosphere than during the daytime.

Place: Biwa Lake Canal

Biwako Otsu Travel Guide Website: http://www.otsu.or.jp/en/

Access

From Osaka
By Keihan line
From Kyobashi station to Miidera station, about 80 min.
then from Miidera station 3 min. walk

Closing Remarks

The 500 Sakura trees along this stunning historic canal create a charming atmosphere throughout the day and at night. This is a truly impressive sight you shouldn’t miss as it will stay in your memory forever.

If you would like to spend a day at the canal with a local guide who will tell you more about the area, introduce you to authentic delicacies, and show you anything you would like to see, click on 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/

Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/

Mag

"Hallo, I'm Mag. You will see on my pages various tourist places in Japan with pictures, histories and point of viewing.I hope, my page will make Japan more appealing for you to visit than ever before. "

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