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Otsu Hotels & Ryokan

Biwako Grand Hotel
Biwako Grand Hotel
Good
3.3
(2 reviews)
For families, groups of any size, and business meetings, the hotel is suitable for every purpose. The open-air bath has a beautiful view of the lake. Other onsen (hot spring) baths are also available.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the Kosei Line to Ogotoonsen Station (about 20 min).
From Ogotoonsen Station (JR Kosei Line): 5 min by pick-up bus.
By car: 5 min from Nishi-Otsu Bypass Ogi-Ogoto IC.
Biwako Ryokusuitei
Biwako Ryokusuitei
Excellent
4.4
(82 reviews)
The lodging is located in the Lake Biwa resort with Mt. Hiei in the background. You can fully enjoy the comfort of the resort.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the Kosei Line to Ogotoonsen Station (approx. 20 min).
From Ogotoonsen Station (JR Kosei Line): 25 min on foot or 5 min by taxi.
By car: 25 min from Meishin Expressway Kyoto-higashi IC, Nishi-Otsu Bypass, Kosei Road.
Kyo Oumi
Kyo Oumi
Exceptional
4.7
(15 reviews)
In addition to all rooms having a bath, they also have an open-air onsen (hot spring) bath with a fine view of Lake Biwa. Guests can enjoy karaoke in the room too.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the Kosei Line to Ogotoonsen Station (about 20 min).
From Ogotoonsen Station (JR Kosei Line): 5 min by pick-up bus.
By car: 5 min from Nishi-Otsu Bypass Ogi-Ogoto IC.
Enryakuji Kaikan
Enryakuji Kaikan
Excellent
4.4
(25 reviews)
A shukubo located within the grounds of Mt. Hiei Enryaku-ji Temple in Otsu City. The temple itself is said to have 1,200 years of history and is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shukubo are traditional temple lodgings, and offer guests the opportunity to take a peek into the daily lives of the monks who reside at the temple. Visitors will have the pleasure of experiencing the zen lifestyle first hand, and the food served is traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. The quiet surroundings and peaceful natural setting will allow guests a chance to catch their breath and cleanse their souls in this spiritual environment.

*About meals: Only Buddhist vegetarian cuisine is served for both breakfast and dinner, and the menu is the same for multiple night stays. Alcoholic drinks are available.
*Since this accomodation is located on Mt. Hiei, there are no other locations where meals can be taken. Also, please take caution as public transportation to the accomodation is limited (bus and funicular), and there is no public transportation to the accomodation after 18:00.
*The latest time to check-in is 18:00. After this time, Sakamoto Cable, the funicular line to the accomodation from Kyoto, also stops running, so please plan in advance.
*Entrance fee for Enrakuji Temple is separate from the accommodation fee, and is required to enter the temple. Adults: JPY 700, Junior high & Highschool students: JPY 500, Elementary school students: JPY 300.
*About laying out of futons: Guests at this accomodation must lay out their own futons.
How to get there?
By Sakamoto Cable: Board this funicular railway line at Cable Sakamoto Station, which is 10 minutes on foot from Sakamoto Station (Keihan Railway), and alight at Cable Enryakuji Station after about 11 minutes.
*The final Sakamoto Cable car departs at 17:30 in summer and between 16:30-17:00 in winter.
Eizan Cable & Ropeway: Take the cable line from Yase to Hiezan Station (9 minutes), then take the ropeway for 3 minutes to reach the summit of Mt. Hiei. Then take the shuttle bus to Enryakuji Bus Center. It is about 5 minutes on foot from there.
*The last cable car on the Eizan Cable line departs at 17:35, the final ropeway gondola departs at 18:04.
From JR Kyoto Station: Take a bus bound for Hieizan (Mt. Hiei) and alight at Enryakuji Bus Center (60 minutes). It is about 5 minutes on foot from there.
Be aware that buses run only a few times per day (no buses in winter).
By car: Exit the Meishin Expressway at Kyoto-higashi IC and continue on Route 161 and Prefectural Route 30 (Yamanakagoe Road) to the Hieizan Driveway.
Smile Hotel Otsuseta
Smile Hotel Otsuseta
Excellent
4.2
(23 reviews)
This hotel is 18 minutes from Kyoto Station by local train and a 1-minute walk from JR Seta Station. All rooms are equipped with LAN, which can be used free of charge, as well as washlets.
How to get there?
From Seta Station (JR Biwako Line): 1 minute on foot.
By car: Take the Meishin Expressway and exit at the Seta-higashi/Seta-nishi IC. The hotel is about 2 km from the expressway exit towards JR Seta Station.
APA Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae (Grand Opening: Oct. 3, 2019)
APA Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae (Grand Opening: Oct. 3, 2019)
Excellent
4.4
(4 reviews)
This hotel is not only convenient for business, but also offers plenty of leisure activities in the nearby areas, including various outdoor activities by Lake Biwa, exploring Mount Hiei and Koto-sanzan, a tour on the waterways in an old Japanese-style boat, and visiting Mizunomori Water Botanical Garden, which is famous for its water lilies.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the JR Biwako Line bound for Maibara and get off at Seta Station (about 18 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there.
By car: About 4 km (about 10 min) from Meishin Expressway Kusatsu-Tanakami IC. Landmark: JR Seta Station.
Hotel Tetora Otsu-Kyoto
Hotel Tetora Otsu-Kyoto
Excellent
4.2
(12 reviews)
This hotel is directly connected to the south ticket gate of JR Otsu Station making it very convenient for business and sightseeing to Kyoto and Shiga Prefecture.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the train 2 stops to Otsu Station (approx. 9 min).
From Otsu Station (JR Biwako Line) South Exit: Less than 1 min on foot.
Satoyu Mukashibanashi Yuzanso
Satoyu Mukashibanashi Yuzanso
Excellent
4.4
(120 reviews)
A hotel featuring and designed around the local folk stories of the area, it is renowned for its open-air cypress bath.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the Kosei Line to Ogotoonsen Station (approx. 20 min).
From Ogotoonsen Station (JR Kosei Line): 3 min by pick-up bus.
By car: 20 min from Meishin Expressway Otsu IC / Kyoto-higashi IC.
Biwako Hanakaido
Biwako Hanakaido
Exceptional
4.5
(100 reviews)
Located just a 20 minute train ride from Kyoto Station is Ogoto Onsen. This retro, natural hot springs ryokan is located near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. The lodging features cuisine prepared with local ingredients such as Omi beef and more, as well as aromatherapy which is popular among female guests.
Ogoto Onsen is said to have been opened about 1,200 years ago in the Heian Period by Saicho, founder of the Enryaku-ji Temple on Mt. Hiei. The ryokan has gender-segregated large communal baths and open-air baths, as well as private open-air baths which guests can use for an additional fee. In addition to the standard Japanese-style rooms, there are also guestrooms equipped with open-air baths. The open-air baths in the special guestrooms use natural hot spring water.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the Kosei Line to Ogotoonsen Station (about 20 min).
From Ogotoonsen Station (JR Kosei Line): About 5 min by taxi.
Royal Oak Hotel Spa And Gardens
Royal Oak Hotel Spa And Gardens
Very good
4.0
(11 reviews)
The light, water and greenery-filled space will make you more energized tomorrow.
How to get there?
From Ishiyama Station (JR Biwako Line), North Exit: Pick-up service available.
By car: 8 min from Meishin Expressway Seta-nishi IC / Seta-higashi IC.
Dantoukan Kikunoya
Dantoukan Kikunoya
Exceptional
4.6
(23 reviews)
Enjoy the warmth of this lodging where you can relax and let go. You’ll forget time within its calming appearance. Located at the lakefront of Lake Biwa, staff are waiting to serve guests with warm hospitality.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the Kosei Line to Ogotoonsen Station (approx. 20 min).
From Ogotoonsen Station (JR Kosei Line): About 20 min on foot or 5 min by taxi.
Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Excellent
4.1
(21 reviews)
Standing on the shore of Lake Biwa in Otsu, this 38-story hotel has 530 rooms, all with a view of the lake.
It is also said to be a symbol of Otsu as it stands elegantly by the lake, forming a picturesque scenery with the surrounding nature.
It takes about 10 minutes (2 stops) from Kyoto Station to Otsu Station. A perfect base for sightseeing in the Shiga and Kyoto areas.
How to get there?
From Kyoto Station: About 10 min to Otsu Station.
From Otsu Station: About 10 min by free shuttle bus.
Hotel Blue Lake Hotel
Hotel Blue Lake Hotel
Good
3.4
(6 reviews)
With convenient access from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, enjoy Lake Biwa Hana Funsui (flower-like colorful fountain) and lake cruises on the sightseeing ships, from the nearby Otsu Port.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the train 2 stops to Otsu Station (approx. 9 min).
From Otsu Station (JR Tokaido Main Line) North Exit: 8 min on foot or 2 min by taxi.
By car: 5 min from Meishin Expressway Otsu IC.
Biwako Hotel
Biwako Hotel
Excellent
4.5
(61 reviews)
It takes about 10 minutes via JR train from Kyoto Station to Otsu Station, the nearest station to the hotel. From JR Otsu Station to the hotel, it takes about 5 minutes via shuttle bus. The location is conveniently accessible from Kyoto and Osaka.

The resort hotel stands facing the south of Lake Biwa, with a panorama of the magnificent lake and the World Heritage Site Enryaku-ji Temple. A range of restaurants and cafe/bar establishments are on site, offering buffet style, kaiseki cuisine, teppanyaki, sushi, French cuisine, Italian cuisine, and much more.

Staying guests may use the natural hot spring communal bath on the 4th floor. There is also an open-air bath in the communal bath, both with grand views of Lake Biwa. There are rooms measuring 33-40 sqm, and all rooms have lake view balconies.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the train 2 stops to Otsu Station (approx. 9 min).
From Otsu Station (JR Biwako Line) North Exit: 10 min on foot or 4 min by taxi.
From Hamaotsu Station (Keihan Railway Keishin Line): 3 min on foot.
By car: 5 min from Meishin Expressway Otsu IC.
Hotel Biwako Cerisaie
Hotel Biwako Cerisaie
Opened in November 2017, this hotel is about 20 minutes from Kyoto Station and a 3-minute walk from Ogoto Onsen Station on the JR Kosei Line. All rooms are non-smoking, equipped with free Wi-Fi connection, and furnished with Simmons beds (except Japanese-style rooms).
How to get there?
From Ogoto Onsen Station (JR Kosei Line) West Exit: about 3 min on foot.
It takes about 20 min from Ogoto Onsen Station to Kyoto Station, and about 50 minutes from Ogoto Onsen Station to Osaka Station.

By car: Exit the Meishin Expressway at Kyoto-higashi IC and continue on to Route 161 via Nishi-Otsu Bypass. Landmark: JR Kosei Line Ogoto Onsen Station.
Yumotokan (Ogoto Onsen)
Yumotokan (Ogoto Onsen)
Excellent
4.3
(72 reviews)
This lodging is a “ryokan” which is part of Japan’s indigenous culture. It is located in Ogoto Onsen, a natural hot spring area just a 20 minute train ride from Kyoto Station. In the ryokan, guests wear yukata and at night, sleep in futon. The ryokan offers guests a day in a relaxed atmosphere that will put their mind at ease. The dining menu also features Omi beef. Omi beef - one of Japan’s top 3 wagyu beefs - has a history of more than 400 years, and out of those top 3 wagyu beefs, it has been loved by everyone the longest. It is renowned for its high degree of marbling, mellow fragrance, and tenderness. In addition to Omi beef, from December to March, there are also plans where guests can enjoy snow crab.
How to get there?
From JR Kyoto Station: Take the Kosei Line to Ogotoonsen Station (approx. 20 min).
From Ogotoonsen Station (JR Kosei Line): 5 min by pick-up bus.
By car: 20 min from Meishin Expressway Kyoto-higashi IC, Nishi-Otsu Bypass.
Ayaha Lakeside Hotel
Ayaha Lakeside Hotel
Good
3.3
(1 reviews)
Enjoy a grand view of Lake Biwa from the large onsen (hot spring) bath and a traditional Kyoto-style Japanese dinner, prepared from local ingredients.
How to get there?
From Otsu Station (JR Biwako Line): 6 min by car.
By car: 4 km from Meishin Expressway Otsu IC.