Exhibits/Materials

1F

Entrance

As well as tunnel arches from the Lake Biwa Canal and lighting that takes its inspiration from the rippling of the water in the canal, you can also find panels that introduce notable places along the canal.

Theater

The theater shows a movie that explains the passion of and difficulties faced by the people involved in the construction of the Lake Biwa Canal in an easy to understand way, and shows viewers the wonderful sights that can be seen along the canal.

First GalleryVoice guidance

The third Prefectural Governor of Kyoto Kitagaki Kunimichi planned the Lake Biwa Canal as a great project to revitalize the city of Kyoto. The canal was then brought to fruition by the engineers Minami Ichirobe and Tanabe Sakuro. Exhibition Room 1 explains how the Lake Biwa Canal was planned and constructed.

On display are valuable documents including precision survey diagrams.

Projection mapping gives you a sense of how canal construction proceeded and its scale.

B1F

Second GalleryVoice guidance

Canal No. 1, which was completed in 1890, fulfilled a number of roles including hydroelectric power generation and water transport. With the completion of the Three Great Works in 1912, Kyoto was transformed into a modern city. Exhibition Room 2 explains how the people of Kyoto used water from the Lake Biwa Canal to develop the city.

1A model of the area around Okazaki in 1915.

2An introduction to the people who strove to bring the plan for the Lake Biwa Canal to fruition.

Third GalleryVoice guidance

The role that water from the Lake Biwa Canal plays has changed greatly with the times. Water transportation died out with the development of railways and automobiles, and watermills disappeared as agricultural land turned into residential land with the increasing population. However, water from Lake Biwa Canal continues to support life in Kyoto by providing, among other things, a water source for the water supply as well as generating electricity. Enjoy learning the story of the canal from turbulent past times to the present and into the future.

2F

Special exhibitions are held on the second floor, and in these exhibitions you can see documents not included in the permanent exhibition.

Outdoors(1F & B1F)

Outside the museum, 45-degree iron tubes used in the Gosho Water Supply System are exhibited on the outside of the first floor. The Pelton waterwheel and Stanley generator used for hydraulic power generation utilizing Lake Biwa Canal are exhibited on the outside of the first basement floor.

Publications, etc.

  • One Hundred Years History of Lake Biwa Canal

    In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Lake Biwa Canal's completion, this book consisting of three volumes was published in 1990. The history of Kyoto is described focusing on the canals.

    price: 37,746 yen (tax included)

  • 100 Year History of Kyoto City Water Supply System (Material edition/Depiction edition)

    These books were published in 2012, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Kyoto City Water Supply System's completion. They incorporated a wide variety of materials and photographs that represented each period, which help you specifically observe the 100 year history connecting to the present.

    price: 4,320 yen (Material edition) (tax included)

    price: 2,160 yen (Depiction edition) (tax included)

  • Kyo-no-kagayaki Sosui Monogatari

    Kyoto City tap water is bottled as stock drinking water for emergency use. Unopened bottles can be storedat a room temperature for 10 years after manufacture.

    price: 100 yen (per bottle) (tax included)