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Popular Lake Bathing Spots in Shiga

[2024] Enjoy Summer by Swimming in Lake Biwa! Popular Lake Bathing Spots in Shiga, Close to Kyoto

If you want to enjoy summer in Shiga, a short trip from Kyoto, we recommend taking a dip in Lake Biwa, introducing the latest bathing spots, including spots where you can enjoy BBQ, campgrounds, and hot springs.

1.Full of attractions! Advantages of Lake Bathing

Fresh water, so it's not sticky.

Lake Biwa, a freshwater lake, is attractive for its non-sticky water quality. After swimming, your body will not feel sticky, and you will feel comfortable and dry. Many bathhouses have showers attached to them, but if it is too much trouble, you can skip the showers.

 

Calm waves and small children are safe.

[Lake Biwa] has calmer waves than the ocean. Although there are small waves caused by the wind, high waves rarely come in suddenly. Families with small children can play in the water and sand in peace, making it ideal for families with small children.

 

No need to worry about jellyfish stings

Jellyfish are painful when they sting. In fact, jellyfish are sea creatures and do not live in Lake Biwa. For those who want to swim freely without worrying about jellyfish, lake bathing is the perfect choice.

 

BBQ and activity spots are also available.

[Many of the spots around Lake Biwa offer BBQ and camping. In addition to activities such as SUP and water parks, hot springs and tent saunas are also available. Whether you want to spend your time actively or leisurely, you are sure to have a fulfilling time at a lake bath.

2.Surrounded by greenery, you can spend a quiet time [Miyagahama Swimming Pool] / Okijima-cho, Omihachiman City

The Miyagahama Swimming Beach is a place where visitors can enjoy lake bathing in a rich natural setting surrounded by greenery. Since pleasure boats are not allowed on the beach, visitors can enjoy a quiet and relaxing time. The Kikonmura Omihachiman (Holiday Village) is located right next to the beach, and is recommended for dining and lodging while enjoying the view of Lake Biwa.

Miyagahama Swimming Pool (Kyukamura Omihachiman)

Swimming Period / July 13 (Sat.) - July 15 (Mon., holiday), July 20 (Sat.) - August 25 (Sun.), 2024 9:00 - 17:00
Other facilities/ Changing rooms, lodging, restaurant (open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays), camping sites, BBQ facilities, hot springs
Admission fee/free
Recommended point / Shallow water and calm waves

Miyagahama Swimming Pool

  • Miyagahamasu Iijyo
  • Miyagahama, Okishima-cho, Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • A short walk from the bus stop "Kikonmura Omihachiman" *On weekdays only
    1 hour drive from Meishin Expressway Ryuo IC
    About 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from JR Kyoto Station
  • Tel.0748-32-3138 (Kyukamura Omihachiman)
  • 80 parking spaces
  • https://www.qkamura.or.jp/ohmi/

3.SUP and loco moco! Enjoy the Hawaiian feeling [ASOBIWA HIRA BASE] / Kitahira, Otsu City

[ASOBIWA HIRA BASE] where you can fully enjoy the Hawaiian atmosphere, where you will be greeted by ALOHA objects and can experience SUP, which originated in Hawaii. You can also taste Hawaiian foods such as loco moco, pancakes, and malasadas. Hula dance shows and Hawaiian guitar live performances are held regularly, giving the entire beach a Hawaiian atmosphere.

ASOBIWA HIRA BASE

Swimming Period / Saturday, July 13, 2024 - Saturday, August 31, 2024
Business hours/9:00-17:00 (open all year round during the summer top season)
Other facilities/campsite, BBQ facility, cafe, hot shower, tent sauna
Admission fee: Adults (ages 12 to 64) ¥500, children (ages 4 to 11) and seniors (ages 65 and up) ¥300 for day trips *Price per personClick here for details

ASOBIWA HIRA BASE

  • Asobiwa Gila Base
  • 934-2 Kitahira, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • 17 min. walk from JR "Omi Maiko Station".
    About 1 hour by car from JR "Kyoto Station"
  • Tel.077-535-9165 (Reception/9:00-18:00)
  • 100 parking spaces (1000 yen)
  • https://www.asobiwa-biwako.com/

4.Selected as one of the eight views of Lake Biwa [Omi Maiko Nakahama Swimming Pool] / Minami Komatsu, Otsu City

Omi Maiko Nakahama Swimming Beach, with its beautiful white sand beach, is one of the largest lake bathing areas. It has been selected as one of the eight best views of Lake Biwa and is also famous as the white beach of Oomatsuzaki. The green pine trees stretch for 4 km, providing a cool place to spend the day. The location of the beach, a 5-minute walk from Omi Maiko Station, is also attractive. Also, be sure to check out the "Otsu-Shiga Fireworks Festival" to be held on Thursday, July 25.

Omi Maiko Nakahama Swimming Pool

Swimming Period / Monday, July 1, 2024 - Monday, September 30, 2024 8:00 - 17:00
Other facilities / BBQ facilities, guest house (store), changing rooms, showers, coin lockers, toilets
Admission fee/free
*Camping overnight: totally prohibited from July to September.

Omi Maiko Nakahama Swimming Pool

  • Parrots are great
  • 1095 Minamikomatsu, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • 10 min. walk from JR "Omi Maiko Station".
    About 50 minutes by car from JR Kyoto Station
  • Tel.077-596-0520 (Omi Maiko Nakahama Swimming Area Office) *Only in July and August
  • About 400 parking lots (1500 yen)
  • https://omi-maiko.com/

5.Perfect for families [Manohama Swimming Pool] / Imakatada, Otsu City

Manohama Swimming Beach is the southernmost beach where visitors can swim in Lake Biwa. The beach is shallow enough to enjoy playing in the sand at the water's edge, and there is also a pet swimming area, making it a popular spot for families. The annual "Goza Hashiri" event, in which participants run on 25-meter-long goza mats laid out on the surface of the lake, is a big hit with both adults and children!

Manohama Swimming Pool

Swimming Period / Early July to Saturday, August 31, 2024
*"Goza Run" will be held on July 30 and 31, and August 8, 9, 20, and 21.
Other facilities/shop, hot water shower, coin locker, changing room, toilet
Admission fee/free
Recommended/Pet swimming area available

Manohama Swimming Pool

  • Manoha Masu Eijo
  • 3-chome Imkatata, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • Approximately 8 minutes by car from JR Kata Station
    About 45 minutes by car from JR Kyoto Station
  • Tel.050-5850-7386*Returns to voicemail usually
  • 100 parking lots
  • https://www.facebook.com/manohama

6.Enjoy a superb view [Takarabune Onsen Family Campsite] / Azumigawa-cho, Takashima City

The Hobune Hot Springs Family Campsite boasts of the cleanliness of its water. A pet swimming area is available on the crystal clear lake. Sunsets and sunrises are also spectacular, so visit to take photogenic photos. The adjacent natural hot spring with free-flowing hot-spring water has excellent spring water quality, and is recommended to stop by after swimming.

Takarabune Onsen Family Campsite

Swimming Period / July 3, 2024 (Wed) - August 31, 2024 (Sat) 9:00 - 17:00
Other facilities: campground, cafeteria, store, cooking facilities
Admission fee/day trip: Adults 500 yen (12 years old and up), children 300 yen (0-11 years old) *Price per person
Recommended Spots/Clean water, pet swimming area

Takarabune Onsen Family Campsite

  • Takarabu Onsen Family Camp
  • 2248-2 Shimoogawa, Azumigawa-cho, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • About 7 minutes by car from JR Omi-Takashima Station
    About 1 hour by car from JR "Kyoto Station"
  • Tel.0740-32-1293
  • About 80 parking lots (1000 yen for standard cars)
  • https://www.takarabune-camp.com/

7.Looking at the torii of Shirahige Shrine [SHIRAHIGE BEACH] / Ugawa, Takashima City

SHIRAHIGE BEACH is located near Shirahige Shrine, which is famous for its large torii gate towering over the lake. The beach boasts white sands, a water park to enjoy Japan's largest lake [Lake Biwa], and a variety of water activities such as SUP and canoeing.

SHIRAHIGE BEACH

Swimming Period / Saturday, July 13, 2024 - Sunday, September 1, 2024 8:00 - 17:00
Other facilities/campsite, BBQ facilities, cafeteria, shop, cooking building, hot water showers, changing rooms, toilets
Entrance fee/500 yen (elementary school students and above) *Price per person
*Complete reservation system, garbage must be taken home
Recommended points/ White sandy beaches and clear water

SHIRAHIGE BEACH

  • Shirahige Beach
  • 1091 Ugawa, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • About 4 minutes by car from JR Omi-Takashima Station
    About 1 hour by car from JR "Kyoto Station"
  • Tel.0740-36-1248
  • About 250 parking lots (regular car 1000 yen ~)
  • https://shirahige-hama.com/

8. Beautiful scenery is attractive [Makino Sunny Beach Takagihama Auto Campsite] / Makino Town, Takashima City

Makino Sunny Beach is located in front of Chikubushima and Kaizu-Osaki, two of the eight scenic spots of Lake Biwa. In addition to the clean water and beach, which has been selected as one of the 100 best bathing beaches in Japan, several kilometers of pine forests create a beautiful landscape. The view from the lake terrace, a symbolic observation deck 13 meters above the ground, is also breathtaking.

Makino Sunny Beach Takagihama Auto Campsite

Swimming Period / Monday, July 1, 2024 - Saturday, August 31, 2024 9:00 - 17:00
Other facilities/campsite, BBQ facilities (rental available), shop, cooking building, hot water showers, coin lockers, changing rooms, toilets
Admission fee/environmental maintenance fee 100 yen
Recommended points/clean water

Makino Sunny Beach Takagihama Auto Campsite

  • Makino Sunny Beach Takagihama Auto Camp Jo
  • 763-1 Nishihama, Makino Town, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • 9 minutes walk from JR "Makino Station".
    About 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from JR Kyoto Station
  • Tel.0740-28-1206
  • 100 parking spaces (regular car: 1,300 yen for a day trip, 1,900 yen for an overnight stay)
  • https://takagihama.jp/pages/1/

9.Spend time while looking at the pine forest in the west of the lake [Imazu Beach Swimming Pool] / Imazu-cho, Takashima City

The Imazuhama Swimming Beach is located northward along the lakeshore from Imazu Port, where regular sightseeing boats to Chikubujima depart and arrive, and features a beautiful beach lined with green pine trees. The beach, with shallow waters and gentle waves, has excellent water quality, and is lined with Kosai pine forests, which have been selected as one of the 100 most scenic spots in Koguni. It is an ideal resort for a relaxing and private vacation.
*No vehicles, camping, BBQ, etc. are allowed.

Imazu Beach Swimming Pool

Swimming Period / Friday, July 12, 2024 - Tuesday, August 20, 2024
Other facilities / shop (only drinks are sold), hot shower and changing room (charged), toilet
Admission fee/free
Recommendation/Calm waves in shallow water

Imazu Beach Swimming Pool

  • It's still good now
  • Hama, Imazucho, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • About 5 minutes by car from JR Omi-Imazu Station
    About 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from JR Kyoto Station
  • Tel.0740-33-7101 (Lake Biwa Takashima Tourism Association)
  • 30 parking lots
  • https://takashima-kanko.jp/spot/2018/06/post_177.html

10.Kita-Komatsu Swimming Pool / Kita-Komatsu, Otsu City

Located on the north side of Otsu City, Kitakomatsu Swimming Beach is a lake bathing area in an area of Lake Biwa that is said to have the cleanest water quality of all. In addition to lake bathing, camping and BBQ use are free of charge, so the area is crowded with families during the summer. There are also cafes and glamping facilities nearby where you can relax and spend your time as you wish.

Kitakomatsu Swimming Pool

Swimming Period / Saturday, July 6, 2024 - Saturday, August 31, 2024 8:00 - 17:00
Other facilities/ Changing rooms, hot showers, toilets, cafe, camp site
Admission fee/free
Recommendation/The waves are calm and clear.

Kitakomatsu Swimming Pool

  • Kitakomatsu Aqueduct
  • Kitakomatsu, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture MAP
  • About 1 hour by car from JR "Kyoto Station"
  • Tel. 077-592-0378
  • Parking lot for 200 cars (2,000 yen for standard cars)
*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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