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There is 1 way to get from Kyoto to Lake Biwa by train or ferry

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Train, ferry  •  3h

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Omiimazu JR Kosei / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Imazu port to Chikubu Island

Kyoto → Lake Biwa
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lake Biwa is 0120-565653.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lake Biwa is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lake Biwa is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0120-565653.

Last updated: 6 Apr 2021
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Questions & Answers

The distance between Kyoto and Lake Biwa is 57 km.

The best way to get from Kyoto to Lake Biwa without a car is to train and ferry which takes 3h and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h to get from Kyoto to Lake Biwa, including transfers.

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There are 29+ hotels available in Lake Biwa. Prices start at ¥10000 per night.

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Map of how to get from Kyoto to Lake Biwa.
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  • Distance: 56.7 km
  • Duration: 3h

What companies run services between Kyoto, Japan and Lake Biwa, Japan?

There is no direct connection from Kyoto to Lake Biwa. However, you can take the subway to Kyoto, take the walk to Kyoto, take the train to Omiimazu, take the walk to Imazu port, then take the ferry to Chikubu Island.

Train operators
Japan Railways (JR)

Japan Railways operates a large proportion of Japan's main intercity routes, including the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) service and commuter rail service. Covering 1665 stations across 7458km, Japan Railways carries an average of 17 million passengers per day. Trains are clean, comfortable and punctual. There are several rail passes on offer for customers, such as the extremely popular national JR Pass and regional Hokkaido Pass, JR Kyushu Pass and JR West Pass, among others.

Contact Details
Train from Kyoto to Omiimazu
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Estimated price
¥950 - ¥1400
Schedules at
Japan Railways Limited Express
Train from Kyoto to Omiimazu
Ave. Duration
33 min
Once daily
Estimated price
¥1900 - ¥2800
Schedules at
Unreserved Seat
¥1900 - ¥2700
Reserved Seat
¥1900 - ¥2800
Green Seat
¥2600 - ¥3500
Ferry operators
Ferry from Imazu port to Chikubu Island
Ave. Duration
25 min
4 times a day

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