Biwaichi Trip (Cycling around Lake Biwa) - Day 3

Day 3 - 70km - Makino to Maibara via Lake Yogo

I woke early once again on my final day and went down to the beach for a morning swim. The freshwater was incredibly refreshing andset me in a good mood to start the last leg of the journey.


I set off after a hearty breakfast towards the hills of Northern Shiga. The first section was spectacular; skirting around the dramatic hills jutting out into the lake. When I reached the upper Eastern corner of the lake, I had the option to head a little further North to explore the secluded lake Yogo. This turned out to be a very pleasant part of the journey as it is tucked away from busy roads and residential areas and I highly recommended this peaceful spot to anyone who visits the area.

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I then followed the coastline South through Nagahama city and then on to Maibara. The Nagahama castle, located a few minutes walk from Nagahama station, is well worth a visit and was my final stop before returning to Maibara at the end of my journey.


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of cycling a loop around lake Biwa. I feel that it offered great variety from the cultural sites in the East to the rolling rice fields in the West and the dynamic landscape of the North. I'd love to try it again in the future especially during the cherry blossom or Autumn colours seasons as I think seeing it at a different time of year would really enhance the journey!

(Author : Simon Richards, Audley Travel)

Yogo Lake :

Address Lake Yogo Peninsula, Yogo-cho, Nagahama City, Shiga
Inquiries +81-749-82-5909
Access Public transportation
JR Hokuriku Main Line Yogo Station 30 min. on foot

Nagahama Castle Museum :

Address 10−10 Koen-cho, Nagahama City, Shiga
Opening Hours 9:00 - 17:00 (Final admission 16:30)
Closed: New Year period (Dec 27 - Jan 2)
*However, may also be closed as required for changing of exhibits.
Inquiries +81-749-63-4611
Access Public transportation
JR Biwako Line Nagahama Station 5 min. on foot