Please note that entry to the Museum is restricted to 500 people at one time, and 1920 people during one day.
The opening times are 10:00 to 16:30, with last entry at 16:00
Some exhibits are currently closed.
Advanced Reservations are required.
Individuals, families and small groups (up to 19 people) can make reservations online. Larger groups (20 people and over) can make reservations by telephone (for weekdays only).
We thank you for your understanding. More information can be found here.
Lake Biwa is Japan's largest and oldest lake, known as one of the world's few ancient lakes. The lake has shaped the surrounding natural and cultural histories for a long time.
The Lake Biwa Museum, reborn in 2020 after a six-year-long renewal, explores the relationship between lakes and people. You can learn a lot about the lake through the exhibits and activities, and enjoy an expansive view of the lake from the outdoor treetop trail.
Lake Biwa is in central Japan and is one of the world's few ancient lakes. It is also Japan's largest freshwater lake and it has shaped the natural and cultural history of the area for a long time.
The exhibits of the Lake Biwa Museum explore the relationship between lakes and people, focusing on Lake Biwa and the changes that have occurred during its long history.