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Why don't you go to Biwako Hakodateyama, a scenic spot where flowers spread out this summer?

First, let me say this. I have to admit, I was a bit naive.

Just the other day, I went to Biwako Hakodateyama, which is called one of the largest resort parks in the Kansai region, with my friend Rika. I had thought beforehand that it would be somewhat beautiful, but it is not good to judge anything by preconceived notions. When I actually visited the place, I found it so beautiful that I wanted to come back again and again! Now, please visit Biwako Hakodateyama this summer. Enjoy summer vacation!

*Masks are removed only when photographing. In addition, we take photographs only after taking measures against new coronavirus infection.
All prices are tax included.

1.Now it's time to go!

This was Rika's second time to visit [Biwako Hakodateyama], so she gave us a lot of information on recommended spots along the way.

Today I went out with my friend Rika!
The destination is about 80 minutes from Kyoto City by car. By train, it takes about 50 minutes from Kyoto Station to the nearest station, Omi Imazu Station, by JR Kosei Line rapid train, and about 70 minutes from Osaka Station!

Lake Biwa is so beautiful even on the way up by gondola. I couldn't help but strike a pose. I wonder what it's like on top of the mountain...?

After properly disinfecting the gondola with alcohol, we boarded the gondola. The number of people boarding the gondola was also limited.
Now, let's take the gondola to the top of the mountain!
You can enjoy the thrill of heading there now, the spectacular view and the thrill of the ride.

2.[Enjoy the spectacular view from the hill overlooking Lake Biwa.

I was told by the facility staff that today's conditions were the best, as it is not often that you can see this far out. Lucky me!

First, go to "Lake Biwa-no-Mieru-Oka" (hill where you can see Lake Biwa), which is the best place to visit in Biwako Hakodateyama!
This is a very popular spot overlooking Lake Biwa, and is highly recommended as it is a good place to take pictures.
In fact, there is also a sofa near the chairs in the photo, so you can relax while looking at Lake Biwa.

Every time the wind blows through, a cool sound is heard. It's also a perfect photo op.

Near Lake Biwa View Hill is a tunnel lined with colorful wind chimes. I couldn't help but exclaim, "Wow! I couldn't help but exclaim. It was so cool!

Rika-chan is wrapped in the blue sky and fluttering in the wind. This is a picture perfect scene....

Also near the "hill where you can see Lake Biwa", we went to the area where "Takashima Chijimi", a specialty of Shiga Prefecture, is hung in a row. It is dynamic when viewed in this way!

3.Found a delicious lunch and sweets!

From left to right: Flower Soft ¥650, Loco Moco ¥950, Keema Curry ¥900, Green Tea Latte ¥550, Lemon Squash ¥550, Coffee (ICE) ¥500

Hana terrace cafe's top recommendation is the "flower soft serve" shown in the photo on the left. The smooth soft-serve ice cream is decorated with colorful flowers, and it is almost too good to eat! In addition, iced coffee made from organically grown beans is also recommended. The dishes served here are created by the staff, who share their ideas with each other to improve the taste. We hope you will try ordering some, too.

I was very satisfied with the look, taste and volume of the food.

Lunch and sweets at Hana terrace cafe. It is great to have lunch outside surrounded by flowers! The second hutte has a cafeteria as well as a store where you can buy goods and souvenirs. It is also equipped with a kids' space!

4.Aim for the hills beyond.

Rika finds something on the lift. What if that was...

I would like to see the view from the top of the hill! So we decided to take the lift to the "3rd terrace".
The wind feels so nice.......what if that big thing is......!

5.Playground equipment that raises the tension in the hamper.

The two swings are side by side so you can enjoy the thrill together!

I went to BIWAKO SWING (giant swing), which I was looking forward to the most, located right next to the 3rd terrace!
When I paddled on the swing, it was a surprise. The feeling of almost diving into Lake Biwa was a thrilling and devilishly bad spot.

Islands in Lake Biwa are clearly visible.

When you sweat on the swings, let the breeze take over.
The blue and green of the sky as far as the eye can see and the colorful flowers make you feel tender. Being in touch with nature is important!

6.Insanely photogenic sweets!

The ingredients are also carefully selected, including the use of some domestically produced fruits! Left: "Tropical Parfait" 1,400 yen, Right: "Premium Strawberry Parfait" 2,100 yen

At Rika's request for something sweet, we went to "Parfait Specialty LAMP". This is a very stylish cafe with fantastic parfaits in lamps, so be sure to check it out!

Rika is very happy after eating the delicious sweets. All the other guests were smiling, too.

7.There was a flower garden, so we decided to walk through it.

It looks like a jacket picture. I sent the picture around to my friends after this (laughs).

Just walking through a spread of flowers like this makes me happy. Rika-chan's bouncing smile is wonderful!


Before leaving, a quick snap to commemorate the event.

The two of them are very happy after playing and eating. The cool breeze on top of the mountain softly caressed their cheeks. We promised each other, "We'll definitely come back! We promised each other.

Upcoming Events
Hakodateyama Night Gondola under a full moon.
This event is limited to the days around the full moon when the moon is bright enough to see the mysterious view of moonlight illuminating the surface of the lake from the hill where you can see Lake Biwa. Since the moon rises after it gets dark, visitors can enjoy a brighter-than-imagined moonrise!

August 21 (Kosozuki) 18:09
22nd (Full Moon) 18:48
September 19 (Thirteenth Moon) 17:20
20th (Kosozuki) 17:50
21 (Full Moon, Mid-Autumn) 18:18
The time above is the approximate time of moonrise from the hill where you can see Lake Biwa.
Gondola Operating Hours
9:00 - 20:00 (last gondola up at 19:30, last gondola down at 20:00)
*In case of rain or stormy weather, the night gondola service will be cancelled. Notification will be made on the Biwako Hakodateyama website.

Biwako Hakodateyama

  • 4201-4, Hiokimae, Imazu-cho, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture (Gondola foot station)
  • 【access】
    By car: Approximately 80 minutes by car from the Kyoto Higashi Interchange on the Meishin Expressway (via Route 161)
    By train: Approx. 50 minutes from JR Kyoto Station to Omi Imazu Station, approx. 20 minutes from Omi Imazu Station by "Koko Bus" (approx. 10 minutes by cab)
  • Tel.0740-22-2486 (Hakodateyama Co., Ltd.)
  • Gondola Operating Hours
    9:00-17:00 *Ride time is about 8 minutes each way (last up/16:30, last down/17:00)
    Parfait specialty store LAMP Opening hours
    10:00-17:00 (LO/16:00 *but drink bar closes at 16:30)
  • Paid parking (1100 spaces)
  • https://www.hakodateyama.com/
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.

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