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Biwako Canal(1)/Kyoto

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Biwako Canal,
A grand design to revive Kyoto, established 120 years ago


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What we call “Biwako Canal” started from the largest lake, “Biwa Lake” in the next prefecture, reaches Nanzenji- Temple area. The water travels 10km from the exit of Biwa Lake through the tunnel to Keage, from where the boat was carried on the train down the slope. The slope was too steep to cruise the boat along the canal.

When Meiji Emperor moved to Tokyo, most court nobles also moved to Tokyo. The population was reduced from 350000 to 250000. Our economy became so slow that the city government decided to revive the economy of Kyoto.

The project of penetrating the tunnel was to open the waterway to transfer goods between Kyoto and Otsu in Shiga and to generate electricity by hydroelectric power. Moreover, it was designed to supply water for industry, agriculture, and drinking throughout the Kyoto basin.
The project was realized due to a strong leadership of the then city Mayor and pioneering work of a young graduate from university.


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More than 95% of water distributed to Kyoto city come from Biwa Lake today, so this place is like a tap of water. Our life greatly depend on the nature of Biwa Lake and people in Shiga prefecture.
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