Lake Biwa is in central Japan (map) 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 galleries 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. The museum houses one of the largest freshwater aquariums in Japan, displaying many of the endemic species from the lake. The museum has a large research wing employing 30 research scientists and is also a fish breeding and conservation centre.|
Facilities include a library, museum shop, restaurant, cafeteria and nursing room. Guide books, leaflets and headphone commentary are available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese.
Have a question about Lake Biwa or the Museum? Visit Question Corner in the Museum or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum's Concepts and History
An English language guide to the galleries is available on request from the ticket counter.
This 16 page color booklet covers the main permanent exhibits in all the galleries and aquarium and is free to any ticket holders.
Now available as a PDF file (1.8 MB).
Lake Biwa Museum, 1091 Oroshimo, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-0001, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)77 568 - 4811, Fax: +81 (0)77 568 - 4850.
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