Biwako Cruise


Lake Biwa is the world's third oldest lake — experience the long history of this lake, and the everyday lifestyles
and culture of the people who live around it, on this half-day tour.

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.

(1) Otsu Port (Dep. 10:00) → (2) Ukimido → (3) Biwako Ohashi Bridge → (4) Dock at Okishima Island (30 mins.) →
(5) Lunch → (6) Okino-shiraishi Rocks (View from the boat) → (7) Dock at Chikubushima Island (40 mins.) →
(8) Dock at Takeshima Island (30 mins.) → (9) Shirahige shrine (View from the boat)→ (10) Biwako Ohashi Port ((11) Shopping) → Otsu Port (Arr. 18:00)
  • Operating days
  • May 26 (Sat.)
  • June 16 (Sat.), 23 (Sat.), 30 (Sat.)
  • July 29 (Sun.)
  • August 4 (Sat.), 18 (Sat.)
  • September 29 (Sat.)
  • October 6 (Sat.), 13 (Sat.)
  • November 17 (Sat.), 24 (Sat.)


Adults ¥ 9,500  Students ¥ 8,000  Elementary school ¥ 6,500  (Boarding, lunch and landing fees; includes tax)

★Includes souvenir!

(Minimum 15 passengers for cruises)

Biwako Kisen
Biwako Kisen Co., Ltd
5-1-1 Hamaotsu, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan 520-0047 [Reservations Center] TEL +81-77-524-5000