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.

We will depart from Ootsu Port in the morning, arrive at Okinoshima Island and take time for a shore excursion. We will then head for Takeshima and Chikubushima Islands via Oki-no-Shiraishi Rocks and take time for a shore excursion at each location.

After leaving these islands, we will pass Shirahige Shrine, which stands in the lake, and return to Ootsu Port.

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. 9:30) → (2) Ukimido → (3) Biwako Ohashi Bridge → (4) Dock at Okishima Island (60 mins.) →
(5) Lunch → (6) Okino-shiraishi Rocks (View from the boat) → (7) Dock at Takeshima Island (30 mins.) →
(8) Dock at Chikubushima Island (60 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.

The cruise operation schedules for the following dates are subject to change without notice.

  • 2024
  • May 11th (Sat),19th (Sun)
  • June 9th (Sun),22nd (Sat)
  • July 7th (Sun),20th (Sat)
  • August 4th (Sun),24th (Sat)
  • September 7th (Sat),23rd (Mon / national holiday)
  • October 5th (Sat),20th (Sun)
  • November 9th (Sat),17th (Sun)


Adults ¥ 13,000  Elementary school ¥ 8,000  (Boarding, lunch and landing fees; includes tax)

★Includes souvenir!

(Minimum 20 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