Lake Biwa Museum

Museum / Science Museum
Focusing on Lake Biwa, this museum explores the relationship between people and the lake. The museum’s aquarium exhibit, displaying the freshwater animals in general and particularly those found in Lake Biwa, is one of the largest in Japan. Some of the museum’s numerous points of note include an exhibit of endemic species such as the Lake Biwa catfish and a 10-meter-long tunnel aquarium which allows visitors to walk under the water and enjoy freshwater fish from around the world. There are also dioramas presenting the history of Lake Biwa and exhibits presenting items once used by people living in the areas. The museum restaurant’s black bass dishes are popular with visitors. Take the bus from JR Kusatsu Station and get off at Biwako Hakubutsukan-mae.

Spot details

Shiga Pref. Kusatsushi Oroshimochou 1091
10:00-16:30 (Latest entry 16:00)
* Micro Aquarium Micro Bar, Adult Discovery, Discovery Room ends at 16:00
Monday (open if closed), May close outside of stated days
[Permanent exhibition admission fee]General800yen, High school student 450yen
[Permanent exhibition/Mizunomori common ticket]General890yen, High school student 560yen
*To see the special exhibition, special exhibition admission fee is required.
Parking Lot
*Standard size, motorcycles and mopeds are free for museum users
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, Others)
Not available
Available(Biwako Free Wi-Fi)
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until June 1, 2020 (Information as of May 29, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
120 minutes or more
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Excellent Museum
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.08.16
    We started with the aquarium, which is one of the best Ive seen (and Ive seen a lot of them). Really great exhibits --we spent about 2 hours there. The restaurant was also good and the other areas...
  • One of the Good place in Shiga!
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.02.15
    This is a nice place to visit in Shiga. So nicely preserved and displayed the history of Lake Biwa. You can also see most of the species lives in the Lake Biwa in the aquarium part. Even the...
  • Lake Biwa Museum
    4.0 Reviewed:2018.09.10
    My son is 9 year old he really enjoyed this place and i did too if you want to spend a day learning,studiing and have fun too this is the place.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

View more


Nearest spot

          There is no Station nearby. There is no Bus Stop nearby. There is no Parking nearby. There is no IC nearby.

          Other areas of Shiga

          + -

          Spots around

          Share this spot


          Copy to clipboard completed.