Lake Biwa Museum

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Lake Biwa Museum
琵琶湖博物館 (Biwako Hakubutsukan)
Lake Biwa view from LBM.jpg
LocationShiga, Japan 1091 Oroshimo, Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture 525-0001, JAPAN
Coordinates35°04′27″N 135°56′06″E / 35.0741388°N 135.9349166°E / 35.0741388; 135.9349166
Visitors450 000 (2016)
Director1996- Hiroya KAWANABE 2010- Toru SHINOHARA
Public transit access25 minutes away from JR Kusatsu Station by bus.

The Lake Biwa Museum (琵琶湖博物館, Biwako Hakubutsukan) is in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It was founded in 1996. The theme of the museum is "relationship between lakes and people" and introduces the nature and culture of Lake Biwa, the largest and oldest lake in Japan.

The Lake Biwa Museum’s aquarium is one of the largest freshwater aquarium in Japan. The giant Lake Biwa catfish (Silurus biwaensis) is a popular symbol of the Lake Biwa Museum.

Entrance of LBM


  • Gallery A: Geological history
  • Gallery B: Human history and folklore
  • Gallery C: Environmental issues and ecology
  • Discovery room for children
  • Special exhibits
  • Outdoor exhibits
  • Aquarium[1]


  1. ^ Smith, Robin James. "Lake Biwa Museum home page". Lake Biwa Museum, Japan.

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