琵琶湖疏水の桜 Biwakososui-no-sakura Cherry Blossoms along Lake Biwa Canal
Lake Biwa Canal running through Enjoji-cho, Otsu City, Shiga Pref. is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. As contrasted to other cherry blossom viewing spots like Kiyomizudera Temple, which is crowded with tourists, cherry trees along this canal are loved by the local people. Lake Biwa Canal was built during the Meiji period to transport freight and passengers from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. As of today the canal is mainly used for water supply for Kyoto citizens. Okazaki Canal running through Okazaki area, where the Great Torii Gate of Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and Kyoto City Zoo are located, is also known as a fine cherry tree viewing spot. Now river cruises in a Jukkoku-bune, a reproduced old-fashioned wooden houseboat, can be enjoyed in Okazaki area. The line of cherry trees in full bloom in April is an exquisite view. The cherry blossoms along Lake Biwa Canal provide us with the feeling of the spring.
- Enjouji-cho, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, 520-0036
- Cherry Blossoms along Lake Biwa Canal