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Biwako Valley

Kido, Otsu 520-0514, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-592-1155
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Ski resort Near KANSAI tourist spot

Biwako valley ski resort is located at Mt. Hourai in northern part of Otsu city. It takes around... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Itami, Japan
Fantastic view over Biwako Lake from mountain top

It takes about 1hr from Osaka to Shiga by JR, then a 5min by bus to the entrance of Biwako Vally... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Sheila L
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“ski resort” (3 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Kido, Otsu 520-0514, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-592-1155
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Biwako valley ski resort is located at Mt. Hourai in northern part of Otsu city. It takes around 1hour from JR Osaka(大阪) to JR Shiga(志賀) station. From JR Shiga station, bus brings you to bottom of Mt. Hourai then you take a ropeway going to...More

Thank donmillsroad
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

It takes about 1hr from Osaka to Shiga by JR, then a 5min by bus to the entrance of Biwako Vally. It's a bit crowded over weekends but it is absolutely worth a visit! The view from the top over Biwako is just stunning!

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 17 January 2017

For someone coming from a tropical country, Biwako Valley Ski Resort offers a quick and easily accessible location to see and experience snow in Japan. from Kyoto Station, take the JR Train Line to Shiga Station in Otsu. At Shiga Train Station, a bus comes...More

1  Thank Neil M
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

The view is fantastic! You can see all of the biwako in one glance. The valley also provides a varity of facility for family to enjoy. The cafe is so crowded that you might want to bring some food for youself.

1  Thank eddie2570922
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

It was a quite exciting experience! It is suitable for kids who meet the requirements. The price is reasonable comparing with the same activity in Singapore!

Thank danslt
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

This place is so awesome....the path for the ski is amazing..(even i did not went there) n for those who do not ski...you can just play around..there is a cozy restaurant and you can hang around having your lunch over there...the cable car that took...More

1  Thank Azraa R
Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

A long ride up to Japan most tallest sky tower. Very high tech & a deck to watch Osaka from high above. Cool

1  Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Biwako valley is very close to Kyoto which take only an hour by JR train. One you arrived at Shiga Station, you will see the sign for Biwako Valley and the bus stop is just right in the front of the station. Bus fee is...More

16  Thank AonnyDarby
Reviewed 29 January 2016

I was looking for the closest place that I can experience snow in December in Japan from Osaka. I heard from the locals that it is rare to see snow around Osaka and Kyoto (basically southern Japan). I was quite disheartened by this so I...More

14  Thank newawa
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Its rated amongst the top 20 buildings of the world by Time magazine and it was worth visiting, Would look better if visited at night to get a view of the city

Thank sanjaymehta503
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hannan k
Will there be snow and ski in November to early December period in Biwako Valley?
1 May 2017|
Response from donmillsroad | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, there would be no snow enough to ski in November and early December in Biwako Valley.
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I'm also wondering if the Terrace is near Biwako Valley. Are they part of the same tourist spot? I would like to do the zipline & see the terrace but I have to use public transportation from Kyoto. It seems like they are in the same place from the Hyperdia info.
12 February 2017|
Response from ColaChups |
As I know that they are the same spot. Here is my recommended route by using public transport: (1) Take the train from [Kyoto Station] to [Shiga Station], (2) Take their shuttle bus from [Shiga Station] to [Sanroku... More
Sangeeta S
can we do one day trip if we live in osaka? is biwako valley is far from biwako terrace?
22 January 2017|
Response from ColaChups |
I think it is possible, but please be aware that it will take 1.5 - 2 hours using public transports. Let's say if you plan to leave your hotel in Osaka at 7:30am, you may arrive at 9:30, then you may spend your time in... More