Lake Biwa Canal Museum of Kyoto

Surveying chart depicting the canal between Kyoto and the Otsu area of Lake Biwa on display in the first exhibit room

Birth and history of canal that sustained Kyoto

Flowing through Nanzenji Temple and Philosopher’s walk, this canal was completed in 1890 as part of the effort to modernize Kyoto. Besides bringing in a stable water supply for industry and household consumption, the canal provided a route directly through the mountains between Kyoto and Lake Biwa in Shiga, thus stimulating interaction and commerce.
In this museum, marking the centenary of the first canal’s construction, various exhibits tell of the amazing engineering feat that is an inspirational legacy being handed down through generations. On the 1st floor, the canal building process from planning to construction is introduced, featuring the canal construction plans and design drawings and equipment used in the work. Meanwhile, the exhibits in the other floor depict the role accomplished by the canal, the “big three projects” being undertaken by Kyoto City a century or more ago, and a diorama of the Okazaki area.



Who succeeded in the “big task of the century” as the overseer of the Lake Biwa Canal project?

Address 17 Nanzenji Kusakawa-cho, Sakyo-ku
TEL 075-752-2530
FAX 075-752-2532
URL http://biwakososui-museum.jp
Hours 9:00~17:00 (entry by 16:30)
Closed Mon (following day if Nat Hol), 29/12~3/1
Adm Free
Access A 7-min walk from Exit 1 of the Subway Tozai Line Keage Stn/Very close to Nanzenji, Sosui Kinenkan, Dobutsuen Higashimon-mae Stop of City Bus/A 4-min walk from Okazaki Hosshoji-cho Stop of City Bus

Facilities near by

photo:Kyoto National Museum

Kyoto National Museum

Preserving the cultural assets of our hometown Kyoto

photo:Choraku-ji Temple Repository

Choraku-ji Temple Repository

A historic spot at the base of the Higashiyama Mountains

photo:Nijo Jinya (Important Cultural Property Ogawa Residence)

Nijo Jinya (Important Cultural Property Ogawa Residence)

Elegant rooms with secret defenses

photo:Kyoto Household Buddhist Altars and Buddhist Religious Objects Museum

Kyoto Household Buddhist Altars and Buddhist Religious Objects Museum

An insight into the traditions of Kyoto Buddhist altars and accoutrements

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