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[Facility] Biwako Canal Memorial Hall

[Hours] 9:00-17:00(Dec-Feb: 16:30)*30 mins before closing
[Hols] Mon (following day if Mon is Nat. Hol.), 28 Dec-3 Jan

  • Audio Guidance, Braille
  • Guide Dogs
  • Wheelchair Parking Spaces
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Flat

The Lake Biwa Canal was built between Lake Biwa and Kyoto in the middle of the Meiji period (1868-1912). Although the construction was a massive challenge to the technology available in Japan at the time, the third governor of Kyoto prefecture, Kunimichi Kitagaki, pushed for the project to be completed, which it was via the design and management work of a freshly graduated university student, Sakuro Tanabe. Amidst the many project changes that occurred, hydropower was made a goal and put to practical use to run streetcars in Kyoto, a city that had been in the doldrums after the capital had been shifted to Tokyo but came back to life with the canal and its innovations. The museum exhibits tell the story of the people involved and the engineering feats required for building the canal as well as a waterwheel that was used to generate electricity.
Guide dogs are allowed into the museum.

Location 17 Nanzenji Kusagawa-cho Sakyo-ku,Kyoto, 606-8437
Tel 075-752-2530
Homepage http:/
Access City Bus Okazaki Hosshoji-cho Alight and walk 4min, Keage Subway Sta.: Alight and walk 7min
Charges [Charge] Visiting free* 20 or more students (contact required)
[Parking] None
[Wheelchair marked parking] 2 spaces
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] Beside 1Fl office
[Obstacles] Memorial hall equipped with elevator
[Services] Assistance provided by staff/Guide dog/Multi-lingual pamphlet (English, Chinese, Korean)
[Entrance inside facility] Automatic doors/Equipped with intercom
[Elevator]Opening is more than 90cm/Mirror
[Movement] No unevenness/Passageway is more than 90cm wide

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