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Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Bicycle rental
  2. Car park
  3. Shuttle service
  4. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  5. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  6. Front desk [24-hour]
  7. Luggage storage
  8. Contactless check-in/out
"We stayed in a Sky Floor Double Room on level 32. The view of Lake Biwa is stunning from there. The room is large by Japanese standard, cloaked in happy blue, silver and white shades - a perfect reflection of its location by the lake. Room comfort is worthy of five stars. Location-wise, it stands by Lake Biwa, accessible only by taxi or a free regular shuttle bus that plies between Otsu Station and the hotel. The nearest train station to get on foot is Zeze, about 18 minutes away at a regular pace. One can also walk to Seibu mall, about 15 minutes along the lake. Kyoto is just two train stops from Otsu Station, 10 minutes away. As Otsu Station sits on the Biwako Line, one can easily move onwards to Shin-Osaka (40min by a rapid service), Osaka and even Himeji! "
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8.6

Excellent

4738 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 191
Smile Hotel Otsu Seta
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Bicycle rental
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Front desk [24-hour]
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Restaurants
  7. Wi-Fi in public areas
  8. Smoking area
"Our stay at the Smile Hotel Otsu Seta was a pleasant surprise from the moment we entered the lobby. Based on the affordable price, we didn't have high expectations. However, the staff was friendly and ready to meet our every request. Our double-bed room was small by U.S. standards but clean,relatively comfortable, and well-supplied with travelers' needs. The hotel provided a nice variety of foods at the breakfast buffet. All in all a great value!"
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7.4

Very good

1792 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 56
Ogoto Onsen Yumotokan Ryokan
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Shuttle service
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Front desk [24-hour]
  5. Hot tub
  6. Golf course [on-site]
  7. Luggage storage
  8. Cash withdrawal
"This was my favorite hotel I stayed at on my third trip to Japan. I splurged a bit for this one and it did not disappoint. I had a lovely Japanese style room, where I could see lake biwa from the windows. A yukata was provided for me during the stay. The staff was very accommodating and was very kind right when I walked in the doors. My purpose here was one night of relaxation and good food. That was exactly what I received. I booked a shirodara + body massage and felt amazing. The masseuse was extremely good and helped worked all of the knots out of my back after 3 days of traveling around and walking 10+ miles a day. The food here made me extremely happy. The dinner and breakfast were both immaculate. These were probably the best meals I had my entire trip. The food was not served in the room, but in a private dining room in their 'restaurant'. I didn't mind this at all. The onsen were also really nice. At night the rooftop onsen was available for the women - the view was great at night. It was really peaceful to bathe and overlook the lake / town. The following day had the other two. The outdoor one I thought was far better than the indoor one. If you have to choose one, I'd highly recommend that you go to the outdoor one."
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9

Exceptional

2453 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 476
J-Hoppers Lake Biwa Guesthouse
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Bicycle rental
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. BBQ facilities
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Contactless check-in/out
  7. Game room
  8. Shops
"Although we were here for less than 12 hours, we really enjoyed our stay and are already planning our next visit! The staff were super friendly and accommodating from the beginning (speaking fluent English as well). The facilities were phenomenal, including an awesome outdoor bbq area, lively common room fully stocked with tea and food prep facilities, books everywhere to read, outdoor activities to join, etc! And the food - wow! Definitely invest the 1000 Yen for dinner. Breakfast was healthy in both content and proportion, too. Wish we could have had more time here! We will definitely be back."
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8.5

Excellent

306 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 46
Biwako Hotel - Lakeside Hotspring Resort
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Bicycle rental
  2. Car park
  3. Shuttle service
  4. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  5. Sauna
  6. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  7. Front desk [24-hour]
  8. BBQ facilities
"Feels like 5* - quality bed, pillows, cushions, linens, air machine, toilet paper better than everywhere else I've been to in Kansai. Housekeeping not only tops up your items but make sure the basics are topped up + what you've used, also mindful which angle u have left them. Booked here to see Biwako Valley, ski, sightseeing n depended on Otsu Tourist Info Centre for sight seeing recommendations. Sadly they (speak Chinese which I speak too) r not experienced n only suggested 2 typical routes that I didn't enjoy when it was cloudy day n because Otsu City has nothing much but a hike linking to East of Kyoto. Managed to research myself n found an attraction - grass house + hiking to see Lake Biwa at Omihachiman (few JR stops away from JR Otsu). Izakaya straight down the road (don't think is in the map provided by hotel but 2 min walk towards JR Otsu), decent n cheap (many dishes at 380yen). No coin laundry. Huge game centre w/ archery etc right next to hotel w free shuttle from JR Otsu"
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8.8

Excellent

2442 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 204
Biwako Ryokusuitei
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Shuttle service
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Front desk [24-hour]
  5. Sauna
  6. Spa
  7. Luggage storage
  8. Car power charging station
"Staying here for one night was probably the highlight of our trip to Japan! It's a little pricey, but I would definitely stay here again because the room, private bath on the balcony, and the view were simply incredible. The service was fantastic too! I didn't realize that I needed to book dinner when I booked the room so unfortunately we couldn't enjoy dinner in our rooms (which wasn't a huge deal because we got to try a local place), but the breakfast buffet was delicious! I would definitely recommend staying here. "
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8.7

Excellent

2771 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 441
APA Hotel Biwako Setaekimae
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Check-in/out [express]
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Coffee shop
  7. Restaurants
  8. Safety deposit boxes
"It was pleasant. The hotel staff were great, and the service excellent. They have dehumidifiers, extra pillows, and chair warmers for no extra charge. It's only 25mins by railway to Kyoto station, and close to Hikone and Otsu. Good place to stay."
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7.8

Very good

658 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 75
Calendar Hotel
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Bicycle rental
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. BBQ facilities
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Check-in/out [private]
  7. Coffee shop
  8. Bar
"Everything was fantastic about this place. The washroom was simply amazing, it had everything I needed. The only issue I had was that the capsule got a little warm and I had no means of making it cooler since air-conditioning was centralised. Receptionist kindly lowered the temperature for me but it was still quite warm. But overall, I couldn't ask for a better place to stay in Otsu (Shiga) and I highly recommend this!"
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8.2

Excellent

659 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 28
le Lac HOTEL OTSU ISHIYAMA
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Laundry service
  6. Restaurants
  7. Room service
  8. Concierge
"My wife and I had the good fortune of choosing Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama, We wanted a hotel away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy and overcrowded Kyoto City. Train station, bus terminal, eateries, supermarket and convenient stores are just a few steps from the hotel. The friendly and helpful staffs, such as Makiko, Yukiko and Takayukiko made our stay relaxed and enjoyable. Although the room is small, it is compensated by the high standard of cleanliness we experienced throughout our nine day stay at the hotel, August is not the very ideal month to visit Kyoto. The daily temperature is about 37 deg Celsius. The air-condition at the whole hotel is effective to combat the sweltering summer heat. There are a few areas the hotel could do to improve the service to provide customers with a more comfortable stay at the hotel. 1. Black out curtains should be provided for rooms facing east, The sun rises around 5am and the room becomes fairly bright by about 5.15am. 2. Drinking water could be provided in the room. Most guests would want a sip of water when returning to the room from the hot and humid weather outside. 3. The complimentary breakfast is nice but could be improved with frequent changes of the meals and dishes. As an example, the vegetables of the salad bowl consisted of cut lettuce, cabbage and cucumber slices remained the same day in and day out. We fully recommend this hotel for those who choose convenient location, friendly service and clean but medium size room."
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8.2

Excellent

2309 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 103
Hotel Tetora Otsu.kyoto
Otsu,Otsu - View on map
  1. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  2. Front desk [24-hour]
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Coffee shop
  5. Laundry service
  6. Restaurants
  7. Room service
  8. Wi-Fi in public areas
"We stayed 5 nights. Spent 4 full days in kyoto So convenient travelling to Kyoto Spent 5 th day in Otsu cruising Lake Biwa. Most enjoyable stay in Japan Will stay om this hotel again"
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7.5

Very good

359 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 175

Fast facts about Otsu, Japan

Accommodations212 properties
Popular hotelLake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Popular areaOtsu
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What's the typical price of a hotel in Otsu?

The typical price for a 3-star property in Otsu is USD 96. The average price for a 4-star resort in Otsu is USD 245. The average price for a 5-star resort in Otsu is USD 128.

What are the best places to stay in Otsu next to Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple?

Verified visitors to Otsu who stayed near Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple have given top rated testimonials to Jonni`s Place, Enryakuji Kaikan and Biwako Rakuen Hotel Izutsu.

What hotels in Otsu are very highly rated with regards to location?

Hotelsaround Otsu which is well rated with regards to location include ビーチハウス at ワニベース, IZA近江舞子 and 澄心小筑.房东在住型民宿.雄琴车站免费接送.

What properties located in Otsu are well rated with regards to service?

Accommodationsaround Otsu which is well rated regarding service include ビーチハウス at ワニベース, アルヴィラ近江舞子 and IZA近江舞子.

What are the most appropriate hotels found in Otsu equipped with spas?

Verified tourists to Otsu have given out exceptional ratings with regard to the spas at Biwako Ryokusuitei and Ogoto Onsen Yumotokan Ryokan.

What are the most suitable properties located in Otsu with bars?

Accommodations which have bars around Otsu which are highly rated include Koke Musu inn, Koke Musu inn and Koke Musu inn.

What are the top rated wheelchair accessible properties located in Otsu?

A very highly rated wheelchair-accessible accommodation located in Otsu is WeeklyHouse Silto Crete - Vacation STAY 61955v.

What hotspot should I stop by when I'm visiting Otsu?

Best points of interest in Otsu include Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Ishiyamadera Temple, and Biwako Valley.

When should I travel to Otsu?

Last year, Otsu gained its most visitors during the month of March. Nevertheless, you may want to consider other months during which there are a fewer amount of travelers, as the most popular landmark will be less packed.

How long should I stay in Otsu?

In the past 3 months, vacationers remain in Otsu for 1 nights on average. The best duration for your trip will depend on what you want to see and explore while there.

Is pre-departure covid test mandatory for fully vaccinated tourists to enter Otsu?

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test is not required to enter Otsu. For updated and detailed information on travel restrictons, please take a look at the official websites of the travel authority or government of the country you wish to visit, or go to here.

Is pre-departure covid test necessary for unvaccinated foreigners to enter Otsu?

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test may be required to enter Otsu. For updated and in depth information on travel restrictons, make sure you take a look at the official websites of the travel authority or government of the country you wish to visit, or go to here.

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Discover the Hidden Gems of Otsu, Japan

Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake, lies the charming city of Otsu. Despite being located just a short train ride from Kyoto, Otsu remains largely overlooked by tourists. However, those who venture to this hidden gem are rewarded with stunning natural scenery, rich cultural heritage, and a slower pace of life. One of the most unique features of Otsu is its proximity to Lake Biwa, which is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Visitors can take a leisurely boat ride on the lake, rent a bicycle and cycle along the scenic shoreline, or simply relax on one of the many beaches. For those looking for a bit of adventure, there are plenty of water sports on offer, such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and windsurfing. Another must-visit attraction in Otsu is the Ishiyama-dera Temple, one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. The temple is steeped in history, and it is said that the famous Japanese novelist Murasaki Shikibu wrote her masterpiece "The Tale of Genji" while staying at the temple. Visitors can explore the temple's beautiful gardens, admire the stunning architecture, and learn about the temple's rich cultural heritage.

Why Otsu Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

There are many reasons why Otsu should be on your travel bucket list. For one, the city offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and modern amenities. Whether you're looking to explore ancient temples, soak in a hot spring, or indulge in some retail therapy, Otsu has something for everyone. One of the biggest draws of Otsu is its close proximity to Kyoto, which is just a short train ride away. This makes it easy to explore the many temples, shrines, and cultural landmarks that Kyoto is famous for, while still enjoying the peace and quiet of Otsu. Another reason to visit Otsu is its stunning natural scenery. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Biwa to the rolling hills and lush forests that surround the city, Otsu is a nature lover's paradise. Whether you're looking to hike, bike, or simply relax and take in the views, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature in Otsu.

Traveling to Otsu: Tips and Tricks

Getting to Otsu is easy, as the city is well-connected to the rest of Japan by train. The closest airport is Kansai International Airport, which is located about 100 kilometers away. From there, you can take a train to Kyoto Station, and then transfer to a local train to Otsu. Once you arrive in Otsu, getting around is also easy. The city has an efficient public transportation system, which includes buses and trains. However, if you're looking to explore the city at your own pace, renting a bicycle is a great option. Otsu is a very bike-friendly city, with plenty of dedicated bike lanes and bike rental shops. Another tip for travelers visiting Otsu is to plan your trip around the city's many festivals and events. From the Otsu Matsuri, which takes place in May and features colorful parades and traditional performances, to the Ogoto Natsu Matsuri, which is held in August and features fireworks and other summer festivities, there is always something happening in Otsu.

Unforgettable Experiences in Otsu, Japan

There are many unforgettable experiences to be had in Otsu, from exploring ancient temples to soaking in a hot spring. One of the most unique experiences is visiting the Enryaku-ji Temple, which is located on Mount Hiei and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Visitors can take a cable car to the top of the mountain, explore the temple complex, and even stay overnight in one of the temple's traditional guesthouses. Another unforgettable experience in Otsu is visiting one of the city's many hot springs. Ogoto Onsen Yumotokan Ryokan is one of the most popular hot springs in the city, and offers a range of traditional Japanese accommodations, including tatami rooms and hot spring baths. Guests can soak in the healing waters of the hot spring, enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, and relax in the peaceful surroundings. For those looking to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, a visit to the Biwako Hotel - Lakeside Hotspring Resort is a must. The hotel offers a range of cultural experiences, including traditional tea ceremonies, Japanese flower arrangement classes, and even a kimono rental service. Guests can also take part in a range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, golfing, and tennis.

Where to Stay in Otsu: Top Hotel Picks

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay in Otsu, there are plenty of options to choose from. One of the top picks is the Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel, which is located right on the shores of Lake Biwa and offers stunning views of the water. The hotel features a range of amenities, including a hot spring bath, a fitness center, and several restaurants. Another great option is the le Lac HOTEL OTSU ISHIYAMA, which is located just a short walk from the Ishiyama-dera Temple. The hotel features modern, spacious rooms with stunning views of Lake Biwa, as well as a range of amenities, including a restaurant, a bar, and a rooftop terrace. For those looking for a more traditional Japanese experience, the Biwako Ryokusuitei is a great choice. The hotel features traditional Japanese-style rooms, complete with tatami floors and futon beds, as well as a range of hot spring baths and a Japanese garden.

Indulge in Otsu's Culinary Delights

No trip to Otsu is complete without indulging in the city's culinary delights. Otsu is known for its fresh seafood, which is caught daily from Lake Biwa and the surrounding waters. Some of the must-try dishes include grilled ayu fish, sashimi, and tempura. Another local specialty is Omi beef, which is a type of wagyu beef that is raised in the nearby Shiga prefecture. Omi beef is known for its rich, buttery flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture, and can be found at many of the city's top restaurants. For those with a sweet tooth, Otsu is also famous for its mochi, which is a type of Japanese rice cake. Otsu mochi is made with a special type of glutinous rice, and is often filled with sweet red bean paste or other fillings.

Exploring Otsu: Best Things to Do and See

There are plenty of things to see and do in Otsu, whether you're looking to explore ancient temples, soak in a hot spring, or simply relax and take in the natural beauty of the area. Some of the top attractions include the Ishiyama-dera Temple, the Enryaku-ji Temple, and the Biwako Hotel - Lakeside Hotspring Resort. For those looking to get outdoors, there are plenty of hiking trails and bike paths in the area, including the Lake Biwa Canal Path, which is a popular spot for cycling and walking. Visitors can also take a boat ride on Lake Biwa, or simply relax on one of the many beaches that line the shore.

The Best Time to Visit Otsu, Japan

The best time to visit Otsu depends on what you're looking to do and see. If you're interested in outdoor activities, such as hiking and cycling, then the spring and fall months are ideal, as the weather is mild and the foliage is beautiful. The summer months can be hot and humid, but are a great time to enjoy water sports and other outdoor activities. If you're interested in cultural events and festivals, then the spring and summer months are the best time to visit. The Otsu Matsuri, which takes place in May, is one of the city's most popular festivals, and features colorful parades and traditional performances. The Ogoto Natsu Matsuri, which is held in August, is another popular event, and features fireworks and other summer festivities.

Book Your Otsu Hotel with Agoda.com

When it comes to booking your Otsu hotel, there's no better choice than Agoda.com. With a wide range of hotels to choose from, including the Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel, le Lac HOTEL OTSU ISHIYAMA, Biwako Hotel - Lakeside Hotspring Resort, Biwako Ryokusuitei, and Ogoto Onsen Yumotokan Ryokan, Agoda.com has something for every budget and travel style. Plus, with Agoda.com's easy-to-use booking platform, you can quickly and easily find the perfect hotel for your Otsu vacation. So why wait? Book your Otsu hotel with Agoda.com today and start planning your unforgettable trip to this hidden gem in Japan.