At the Lake Biwa Canal that connects Lake Biwa and Kyoto, sightseeing boats have started operating this year, and passengers are enjoying the cherry blossoms along the waterway that are in full bloom.

The Lake Biwa Canal is a waterway that was opened in the Meiji era to draw water from Lake Biwa into Kyoto, and a council created by local governments operates sightseeing boats connecting Otsu City and Kyoto City in spring and autumn.

Spring flights began on March 3, and people who had made reservations in advance boarded one after another at the boarding point in Otsu City from the morning of March 25.

At this time, more than 200 cherry trees planted along the canal were in full bloom, and passengers enjoyed taking pictures.

A man in his 60s who visited from Kobe City said, "The other day, we celebrated our wedding anniversary, so my wife and I came here to celebrate it, and I am looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms from the swaying boat."

This spring's service will run until June 2, and although the cherry blossom season is already full, some seats will be vacant after mid-April.