NATHIST Excursion: Lake Biwa

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CONFERENCE EXCURSION – LAKE BIWA

On the excursion, NATHIST is going on an exciting field trip around beautiful Lake Biwa to experience its nature and culture. Lake Biwa is one of the few ancient lakes in the world and also the largest freshwater lake in Japan. It is located in the center of the Main Land of Japan and next to the historic city of Kyoto. People have lived around Lake Biwa since ancient times, and the bio-cultural diversity has been established. In this trip, you can experience how the life of local residents connects and fits with the nature around Lake Biwa.

This trip affords a rare chance to see wildlife in both aquatic and forest habitats, as well as cultural life around the lake. We will also be visiting the Lake Biwa Museum. Some details of the highlights:

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The village of Harie Shozu no Sato

Harie Shozu no Sato

Harie is a small village with clear spring water, which has been introduced around the world on the TV documentary “Satoyama: Japan’s secret water garden”. Local residents called this spring water “Shozu” and used it in daily life. The water runs through the village and even through the kitchen of each house, creating a unique culture of water use .

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Chikubu Island

Chikubu island

Chikubu Island is located in the northern part of Lake Biwa. It has long been a sacred place not only for the local residents in the north of the lake but also for all over Japan as a deity of the‘Benzaiten’ (God of water) faith and one of the 33 pilgrimage places of the western part of Japan as‘Kannon’ (Bodhisattva of mercy) faith. The forest landscape is regarded as one of the eight landscapes in Lake Biwa as “Deep green Chikubu Island that casts a deep shadow on the lake”. However, there have been conflicts between cormorants and people over the forest damage for a long time.

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Lake Biwa Museum

The exhibits of the Lake Biwa Museum explore the relationship between lakes and people, focusing on Lake Biwa and the changes that have occurred during its long history. The Museum houses one of the largest freshwater aquariums in Japan, displaying many of the endemic species from the lake.

How to register for the Excursion

PLEASE NOTE: The number of participants will be strictly limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required.

Please send email to nathist2019jp@gmail.com with the following information:

  1. Name of the participant (including accompanying person)
  2. Organization of the participant
  3. E-mail address
  4. Number of lunch box you need (1,500 JPY)

* Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration close upon reaching its capacity.

* We might not be able to prepare for vegetarian and Halal food for lunch box because we are going to ask the Road Station to prepare standard lunch box. If you have special needs for your food, please let us know or prepare by yourself. We apologize for the inconvenience.

* The lunch will be served in exchange for a fee on site.

THIS EXCURSION IS BEING OFFERED BY THE JAPANESE HOST COMMITTEE OF NATHIST. THE BOARD AND/OR SECRETARIAT IS NOT ABLE TO ASSIST WITH ARRANGEMENTS.