Biwako Cruise


The Michigan is Lake Biwa's most famous cruise boat. Relax and watch the spectacular scenery of Lake Biwa as it goes by,
or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants or a live music performance.

Michigan Cruise *This information is based on arrivals/departures at Otsu Port
Cruise Courses N0. Departs Otsu Port
(Biwako Hotel)
Departs Yanagasaki Lakeside Park Port (Biwako Otsukan) Depart Niono-hama sightseeing Port (Biwako Otsu Prince Hotel) Arrives Otsu Port Fares
Otsu Port to Otsu Port
Cruise Availability
Michigan 60
(60 minute course)

Adults: ¥2,400

Children: ¥1,200 *2

Operating daily:April 1st–December 3rd 2023,
December 30th, 2023–January 3rd, 2024; March 10th–March 31st, 2024

Michigan 90
(90 minute course)

Adults: ¥3,000

Children: ¥1,500 *2

Operating daily: April 1st-
December 3th 2023,
December 30st 2023 - January 3rd 2024,
March 10th-March 31st 2024.

Operating on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays only: December 9th-24th, 2023.
January 4th-March 3rd,2024

Michigan 60
(60 minute course)

Adults: ¥2,400

Children: ¥1,200 *2

Michigan Night
(90 minute course)

Adults: ¥3,200

Children: ¥1,600 *2

Operating daily: April 29th–May 7th, 2023;
Operating on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays only: July 15th–October 1st, 2023
Operating daily: August 11th–August 15th, 2023

Otsu Port → Nionohama Sightseeing Port Adults ¥2,100 Children ¥1,050
Nionohama Sightseeing Port → Otsu Port Adults ¥1,000 Children ¥500
Otsu Port → Yanagasaki Lakeside Park Habor Adults ¥750 Children ¥380
Yanagasaki Lakeside Park Habor → Otsu Port Adults ¥2.300 Children ¥1,150

※Nionohama sightseeing Port /Yanagasaki Lakeside Park Port will only call if you have a reservation.

  • *1Groups of 15 or more receive a 10% group discount.
  • *2For children 5 and under, 1 free fare is included with each adult fare (if accompanying 2 children 5 and under, 1 child fare is required). However, this system does not apply for groups of 15 or more.
  • *3Guests with a meal reservation can board from 6:00 pm and enjoy their meal (during the mooring operation).
  • * On weekdays during winter (Weekdays from December 4th, 2023–March 8th, 2024), south lake route cruise operates on the following schedule.
Departs Otsu Port Depars Yanagasaki Lakeside Park Port Depart Niono-hama sightseeing Port Arrives Otsu Port Fares (
11:00 - - 12:00

Adults: ¥2,000

Children: ¥1,000

14:00 - - 15:00

※We will only call at Nionohama sightseeing Port/Yanagasaki Lakeside Park Port if there is a group reservation for 15 people or more.

All prices include consumption tax.


In some cases the Bianca or another ship may operate for the Michigan Cruise. The South Lake scenic board is operated by high-speed boats.

The ship may be unavailable due to a private reservation or participation in an event.

Please check our website or call us in advance to check if the ship is running as normal

Please inquire for pricing for schoolgroups.

The operating schedule and port entry/departure is subject to change due to strong winds,poor weather or other reasons.

In addition, in some cases it may not be possible for the ship to dock.

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