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7 Attractions Of Biwako Valley

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If you love amusement parks or have kids that do, you should definitely visit “Biwako Valley” in Shiga.

Biwako Valley many of attraction such as fastest ropeway in Japan, View of lake Biwa and zip-line.

Although Sky Walking and Zip-Line are required payment, there are also attractions that you can enjoy for free.

Let me introduce both free activities and paid activities of Biwako Valley in Shiga prefecture as an unknown tourist destination.

Access to Lake Biwa(Biwako Valley)

It takes about 50 minutes from Kyoto Station in total by train and bus.

JR Kosei Line brings you to Shiga Station from Kyoto Station.

Please be careful, Tokaido Line goes the other way.

From Shiga Station to Biwako Valley, it takes about 10 mintutes.

Here is the time table in 2019.

After that, the fastest ropeway in Japan takes you 1,100m above sea level.

On the way to top of the mountain, you can have fun with views which change in each season.

Note that Biwako Valley is colder than town because it’s in 1,100m above sea level.

Usually temperature is lower about 5 to 7 degrees, so if you have, bring your thin coat.

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If you want to be thrilled for travel to Japan, sky walking is recommendation.

Since sky walking is on 1,100m above sea level, thrill and views are fantastic.

Biwako Valley has 3 types of course, so both adults and children can enjoy it.

Business Hours and Charges

Available period

Sky walking is available from Spring to Autumn, but not available in winter season.

In 2019, for example, 4/27 to 11/10 is the available period.

Time required for sky walking

Challenge course (Advanced & Intermediate)

・About 90 minutes in total including wearing equipment and play for about 70 minutes.
・In 60 minutes, guide announce to get ready to finish.
・You can try as much as you want until the time come.
・2600 yen

Child course

・About 50 minutes in total including wearing equipment and play for about 40 minutes.
・1600 yen

Note that making reservation is necessary in Japanese and application form has to be hand in before.

You can make reservation from here although it’s written in Japanese.

There are 7 courses of zip-line.

So, 7 colors of views and 7 types of shouting would make you satisfied.

The longest course is 169m long and 25m high from the ground with view of Lake Biwa.

Business Hours and Charges

Available period

Zip-line is also available from Spring to Autumn, but not available in winter season same as sky walking.

For example, 2019/4/27 to 2019/11/10 is the available period.

Time required for zip-line

・About 2 hours
・Capacity is 24 people for onece.
・3800 yen

Note that making reservation is necessary in Japanese and application form has to be hand in before.

You can make reservation from here although it’s written in Japanese.

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Although Biwako Valley is famous for ski, you can try lawn slider riding on a sled instead.

Speed is unexpectedly fast.

Sliding from the top while cutting the wind, not only children but also adults can have fun.

Height can be selected from low, medium and high, so it is fun to start from low and gradually increase the height.

Caution

Staff don’t stay resident.

Parents should go along with your children to avoid to get injured.

Business Hours and Charges

Available period

In 2019, for example, 4/27 to 11/10 is the available period.

Time required for lawn slider

・1 hour
・500 yen

(Free Activity)Sasa-hira Play Ground, Koro-Koro Batting

What is getting a little bit famous in Shiga prefecture is Koro-koro batting!

You can try handmade batting machine.

It is a game with a simple rule, just roll a ball inside of a useless long pipe and hit a ball, but this is not possible.

When a ball that rolls in a pipe(3m) appears in front of you, you need to start swinging the bat, otherwise you will be delayed swinging.

You can’t hit a ball if you don’t have strong reflexes.

The story is just a glance, so please try batting.

You can enjoy Koro-koro batting by yourself.

First, put a bat on the batters box.
Secondly, roll a ball into a pipe next.
Lastly, dash to the batters box and hit a ball!

(Free Activity)Chiki Chiki Chicken Race

Competitive type activity is also available in Biwako Balley.

This activity is for test your courage called “Chicken Race” or “Dokyo-Damesi” in Japan.

2 of the trolley have wheels under the base.

Here is how test your courage.

First, hold the start line handle.
Secondly, launch the trolley with force with your arms.
Lastly, if you could stop the trolley on the sign of circle, you are the winner!

It’s a simple and clear race.

If the momentum is too strong, you will fall at the end of the course, and if the momentum is too weak, you can’t reach on the circle.

Let’s compete with your friends with the Chicken Race!

(Free Activity)Water Playing Area

Please don’t forget bringing your swimsuit and towel for summer Biwako Valley.

Water playing area is opened in every year in summer.

Set on the left side of ski lift, its size is powerful as much as lift.

Dive into water slider overlooking view of Biwako Lake.

This is what located nearby boarding area of ski lift, called “Basshan”.

As the water accumulates little by little, the large bucket gradually leans, and finally the water falls.

It is an unique item splashing water.

Children would be addicted on this thrill !

(Free Activity)Japan’s Most Beautiful Swing

If you get tired of playing, it is recommended to take a break on the swing.

Overlooking Lake Biwa 1,100m high from ground while swinging is one of the most spectacular swings in Japan.

Please enjoy the superb view where even children will surely get surprised!

Have A Break At Biwako Terrace After Activities

At Biwako Terrace, superb view of Lake Biwa is spreading.

There are also restaurants and cafe to take some rests.

After enjoyed activities in Biwako Valley, just let your mind soaked in the view.

Business hour and time

Biwako Terrace is open from spring to autumn.

For example, in 2019, 4/6 to 11/24 is opening, so please check when it is open.

The Main view point

Open 9:30~17:00

Note : Sturday, Sunday, and during August it’s open from 9:00

Terrace Cafe

Oepn 9:40 to 16:00(L.O.15:30)

Note : Sturday, Sunday, and during August it’s open from 9:10

Cafe Stand

Oepn 10:00 to 16:00(L.O.16:00)

Note : Sturday, Sunday, and during August it’s open from 9:30

North Terrace-Infinity Lounge

Oepn 10:00 to 16:15

Note : Sturday, Sunday, and during August it’s open from 9:30

North Terrace-Cafe Stand

Oepn 10:00 to 16:00(L.O.16:00)

Note : Sturday, Sunday, and during August it’s open from 9:30

Here is a map of Biwako Valley.

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We couldn’t introduce all of the attractions in Biwako Balley, but any of them make you feel like a kid again.

Also you can enjoy a superb view of Biwako Lake at the same time.

So, it is highly recommended for family travel.

Although Biwako balley is famous for winter season such as ski and snowboard, spring and summer is also season for activities.

Let’s get exited with you children or friend!

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