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 was a town located in Higashiazai District, Shiga Prefecturemarker, Japanmarker.


As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 7,599 and a population density of 447.53 persons per km². The total area was 16.98 km².

Biwa-cho is the home of the Tonda Traditional Bunraku Puppet Troupe, a troupe founded in the 1830s in the tradition of Bunraku puppetry. The Tonda Troupe has performed internationally four times in the United Statesmarker and Australia.

On February 13, 2006 Biwa, along with the town of Azai, also from Higashiazai District, was merged into the expanded city of Nagahama.


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