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On this page, we will post everything interesting, beautiful, cool, exciting, yummy and fun we found around Lake Biwa!

Oki-shima (3)

"Torii" gate at Itsuku-shima Shrine

(Continued from the previous post) With most of its land being hilly and forest, Oki-shima boasts rich wildlife. Besides a stroll around the atmospheric village, it is worth extending your walk beyond its outskirts to experience the nature of the island. From the south-western edge of the village, you can head north along a narrow … Read more

Oki-shima (2)

Fish traps beside the lane

(Continued from the previous post) Although the island has few so-called “tourist attractions”, walking around the Oki-shima village uncovers a lot about the local life in this “remote” enclave. Along the southwestern shore stretches the island’s only settlement, about 150 houses huddle together over the constrained strip of land backed by a mountain. The village … Read more

Oki-shima (1)

Oki-shima Port

Lake Biwa contains four islands. Oki-shima, located by the eastern shore of the middle portion of the lake, is the largest of the four, and the only one inhabited freshwater island in Japan. On this post and a few upcoming posts, we will be featuring nature and people’s lives of the island! The 1.5-square-km area … Read more