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Location: Next to Kyoto in the in the east, Gifu in the west, Mie in the south, and Fukui in the north.

Population (as of 2012-12-01): 1,417,427 including 20,592 foreigners

Major cities: Otsu (capital), Hikone, Nagahama, Omi-Hachiman, Higashi-Omi, Maibara

Major gateways: JR Otsu Station (Tokaido/Biwako Line), JR Maibara Station (Tokaido Shinkansen), JR Yamashina Station (Kosei Line)

Former name(s): Omi (Ohmi)

Claim to fame: Lake Biwa is Japan's largest lake.