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Omi-maiko Beach

One of the most relaxing things I have done this summer was visit Omi-maiko beach on the west side of Lake Biwa.Compared to the water in Otsu, it was much clearer and was very nice for swimming. The beach was a bit rockier than the beaches on Lake Michigan back home, but the water was incredible clear and beautiful. Cevetta and I had a lot of fun trying to find our way to the beach and relaxing al...

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Taking a Trip to Nagahama and Chikubu-shima with Biwako Kisen!

In early June, myself and the other Internship students got to take a trip to Nagahama. We took the train from Otsu to Nagahama station, and then walked to the docks. We took the Biwako Kisen boat "Benten" to Chikubu-shima, the second largest island in Lake Biwa. Chikubushima is very beautiful, and is also home to historical temples. One of the priests on the island even took us around to some of ...

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Biwako Kisen

Biwako Kisen is a company centered around tourism. Boasting an impressive array of ships for travel across the waters of Lake Biwa (Biwako), and a grand hotel with a beautiful view of the lake. In total, Biwako Kisen has 7 ships varying in size, destination, and offered activities. A quick overview follows below.Biwako Kisen VesselsMichigan - Cruising all year round, this beautiful and authentic S...

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OSTU CIVIC HALL

When you visit Otsu take advantage of a free Japanese tutor! Classes range from beginner to advance so don't worry about being an expert. Located near Lake Biwa and a handful of lakefront restaurants, Otsu Civic Hall has a great location. Yamada San is director of the program. Please email him if you're interested! (s-yamada@jewel.ocn.ne.jp)...

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Kyoto Cat Cafe - Cafe Wan Nyan Chu Two

One thing that I had been wanting to do while in Japan was go to a cat cafe, and it turns out there is one very close to our home in Otsu! Taking the Keihan line from Hamaotsu to Sanjo station in Kyoto and a quick walk brings you to Cafe犬猫人2 (read as wan nyan chu two). We had originally planned on going to the first cafe, but they were too full. They gave us an easy to understand map on how to...

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