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. 9:50) → (2) Ukimido → (3) Biwako Ohashi Bridge → (4) Dock at Okishima Island (50 mins.) →
(5) Lunch → (6) Okino-shiraishi Rocks (View from the boat) → (7) Dock at Takeshima Island (30 mins.) →
(8) Dock at Chikubushima Island (50 mins.) →
(9) Shirahige shrine (View from the boat)→ (10) Biwako Ohashi Port ((11) Shopping) → Otsu Port (Arr. 18:00)

※ Please note that if there may be times when there is a change in the service schedule and the entry/exit port or when the ship may be unable to dock.

  • 2021
  • May 16th (Sun); May 23rd (Sun)
  • June 19th (Sat), June 27th (Sun)
  • July 11th (Sun), July 31st (Sat)
  • August 21st (Sat)
  • September 5th (Sun), September 12th (Sun)
  • October 2nd (Sat), October 16th (Sat)


Adults ¥ 10,000  Students ¥ 8,500  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