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Shiga’s popular spot on the edge of Lake Biwa! “Amazing and Exciting Encounters” at the renovated Lake Biwa Museum

 The Lake Biwa Museum is one of Japan’s largest museums with a lake theme, located nearby Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary this year, the museum underwent extensive renovations, including improvement of its popular aquarium area, and was reborn as an even more fascinating museum.
 Visitors can enjoy “walking in the water” through the tunnel aquarium, and meet Baikal seals that inhabit Lake Baikal, an ancient lake like Lake Biwa. The Micro Bar is an area allowing visitors to observe small creatures that support the ecosystem in Lake Biwa, and to experience the micro-world.
 A special exhibition celebrating the museum’s 20th anniversary, titled “Biwa-haku Karuta – see, learn and enjoy new discoveries” is being held until January 31, 2017. This exhibition looks back on the 20-year history of the Lake Biwa Museum and introduces its achievements, or discoveries, as well as behind-the-scenes activities such as the process involved in making those discoveries and various survey methods used.
 And audio guide is available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish, allowing visitors to learn about the exhibits more in detail.
 See and experience the dramatic evolution of the four-million-year-old Lake Biwa, and enjoy countless “Amazing!” and “Exciting!” encounters at the Lake Biwa Museum, Shiga’s most interesting spot around the lake.
Event Information
■ Venue:  Shiga Prefectural Lake Biwa Museum (1091 Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu, Shiga)
■ Open hours:  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
■ Closed:  Mondays (open if it is a public holiday), Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
                 Additional temporary closures
■ Admission [Permanent Exhibition]: Free for junior high school students or younger
                 Adults ¥750 (individual), ¥600 (group)
                 University and high school students ¥400 (individual), ¥320 (group)
                 Group fees apply to a group of 20 persons or more

Contact : Shiga Prefectural Lake Biwa Museum
Phone or E-mail +81-77-568-4811
Website http://www.lbm.go.jp/