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Biwako Hall

Biwako Hall is a 3-minute walk from Keihan Ishiba Station. Boasting excellent sound and equipment, the hall is well-received as a venue for various types of music and theater. It has a charming resort location on the shores of magnificent Lake Biwa with recommended sightseeing locations nearby, including Nagisa Park, the Lake Biwa Cruise, and a resort hotel. The Biwako Hall Ticket Center is conveniently open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (phone number 077-523-7136) for inquiries about fees and various performance information. A parking lot is also available.

What is the Biwako Hall?

Biwako Hall has a large hall with four stages, a medium hall suited for theatrical performances, and a small hall in which the audience seats are close to the stage. Music fans visit from all over Japan for the hall’s reputable sound quality and outstanding programs.

Highly rated opera performances

Aiming to be a creative theater, Biwako Hall has brought together the best of Japan to continually produce its independent opera. The opera produced and performed over four years from 2016 was Wagner’s four-part masterpiece “The Ring of the Nibelung”, including “Die Walküre”. Wagner fans from across Japan gathered at Biwako Hall. Such efforts are highly regarded both in Japan and overseas as one of Japan’s leading opera theaters.

Latest performance information

Please check the official website, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest Biwako Hall performance information. We recommend the music festival held every year during Golden Week as it offers enjoyment for children and adults. Another feature is that the hall is home to the Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble, the first exclusive public hall vocalist group in Japan. The Biwako Super 4 Tenors, made up of four tenor singers who met at the hall, is popular for entertainment filled with plenty of comic sense associated with the Kansai area.

How to purchase tickets

Tickets for Biwako Hall can be purchased online, by phone, and at the counter. For online purchases, user registration with Net Ticket is required. Payment deadlines and delivery methods vary depending on the payment method. Phone purchases are received at the Biwako Hall Ticket Center (TEL: 077-523-7136) where you will be issued a booking number. For counter purchases, please go to the Biwako Hall Ticket Center. Reception hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. *Closed on Tuesdays (or the next day if Tuesday is a holiday). Please see the official website for details.

Sightseeing around the Biwako Hall / Lunch

Enjoy your time before or after performances at Biwako Hall’s French restaurant – Restaurant Opera – and the lounge, which serves tea and light meals. The Nagisa Terrace by the lake is also recommended for cafe time, lunch, and dinner as it has a cafe with pancakes and various other sweets, a restaurant featuring Omi ingredients, an Italian restaurant, and more. Savor the sense of anticipation before performances and the reverberations after performances, together with the scenery.

Sightseeing spots to visit along with the Biwako Hall

The lakeside Nagisa Park is perfect for a stroll before and after performances. A waterside park with a total length of 4.8 km, the park consists of six zones from Hamaotsu to Ishiyama. From late April to early May, shibazakura (moss phlox) bloom near the Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel, exhibiting a beautiful contrast with the lake. You can also enjoy a Lake Biwa cruise on Michigan, a jolly paddle steamer that travels around the Southern Lake from Otsu Port in Hamaotsu.