Notice - Renewal of Exhibits

Due to a major renewal of the exhibits, the Aquarium and the Environment and Our Lives Gallery are temporarily closed. Both are scheduled to reopen during July 2016.

The other galleries (Geological History and Human History Galleries), the Outdoor Exhibits, the Discovery Room, the Library and other facilities will remain open during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



Location of the Lake Biwa Museum with Google Maps

About the Museum

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 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.

It also has a large research wing employing 30 research scientists and is a fish breeding and conservation centre.