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Biwako Hanakaido
Biwako Hanakaido
8.8 Excellent
1-3 1-Chome, Ogoto, Ōtsu, Japan
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6.3 mi from city centre, Ōtsu, Japan 
ExcellentBased on 189 reviews
8.8

Biwako Hanakaido offers 3-star accommodation in Otsu. It also provides a 24-hour reception, meeting rooms and massage services.

Smile Hotel Otsu Seta
Smile Hotel Otsu Seta
7.0 Good
1-3-11, Ogaya, Ōtsu, Japan
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3.5 mi from city centre, Ōtsu, Japan 
GoodBased on 86 reviews
7.0

Smile Hotel Otsu Seta offers a comfortable setting while in Otsu. It also provides massage services, a beauty centre and meeting rooms.

Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama
Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama
7.3 Good
9-21 Awazucho, Ōtsu, Japan
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2.4 mi from city centre, Ōtsu, Japan 
GoodBased on 196 reviews
7.3

Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama is located in Otsu and features free Wi-Fi. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Kitabiwako Hotel Grazie
Kitabiwako Hotel Grazie
8.1 Excellent
4-17 Minato-cho, Nagahama-shi, Shiga, Nagahama, Japan
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0.4 mi from city centre, Nagahama, Japan 
ExcellentBased on 284 reviews
8.1

Located a short walk from Nagahama Train Station, Kitabiwako Hotel Grazie is a convenient base while in Nagahama. It also provides an express check-in and check-out feature, free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception.

Hikone Castle Resort & Spa
Hikone Castle Resort & Spa
9.1 Excellent
1-8 Sawa-Cho, Hikone, Japan
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0.4 mi from city centre, Hikone, Japan 
ExcellentBased on 87 reviews
9.1

Hikone Castle Resort & Spa is set in Hikone and is within a short walk of local sightseeing spots, including Genkyuen Garden. It is ideally located for guests wishing to visit local attractions.

New Biwako Hotel
New Biwako Hotel
7.8 Good
1-9-18 Tsukinowa Otsu-Shi Shiga, Ōtsu, Japan
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3.9 mi from city centre, Ōtsu, Japan 
GoodBased on 3 reviews
7.8

Less than a 20-minute walk from Seta Station, New Biwako Hotel offers guests a convenient base while in Otsu. It also offers a 24-hour reception, a sauna and a beauty centre.

Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel
Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel
8.3 Excellent
2876, Imahamacho-Jyukkennya, Moriyama, Japan
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4.3 mi from city centre, Moriyama, Japan 
ExcellentBased on 165 reviews
8.3

Set on Lake Biwa, Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel provides comfortable accommodation and features an express check-in and check-out feature, free Wi-Fi and an indoor pool. It offers 4-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu
Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu
8.3 Excellent
2-1-28 Nagara, Ōtsu, Japan
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0.6 mi from city centre, Ōtsu, Japan 
ExcellentBased on 4 reviews
8.3

Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu is located in Otsu and offers guests free Wi-Fi. It also provides a 24-hour reception, massage services and a beauty centre.

Hotel & Resorts Nagahama
Hotel & Resorts Nagahama
7.0 Good
38 Oshima-Cho, Nagahama, Japan
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0.4 mi from city centre, Nagahama, Japan 
GoodBased on 125 reviews
7.0

Set by Lake Biwa, Hotel & Resorts Nagahama offers comfortable accommodation and features a sauna, an outdoor pool and a mineral bath. Just a short walk from Nagahama Train Station, the hotel's convenient location makes it an ideal place to stay when in Nagahama.

Yumotokan
Yumotokan
8.7 Excellent
2-30-7 Noka, Ōtsu, Japan
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6.3 mi from city centre, Ōtsu, Japan 
ExcellentBased on 112 reviews
8.7

Yumotokan is set in Otsu and is within a short walk of local sightseeing spots, including Ogoto Onsen. Featuring views of Lake Biwa and Ogoto Onsen Kanko Park, it also offers a variety of facilities, such as a free shuttle service, a sauna and free Wi-Fi.

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Biwako Hotel
Biwako Hotel
8.9 Excellent
2-40 Hama-Machi, Ōtsu, Japan
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0.7 mi from city centre, Ōtsu 

Biwako Hotel provides a comfortable setting when in Otsu. It has a spa and wellness centre, as well as a sauna, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.

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Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens
Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens
8.0 Excellent
23-1 Kayanoura, Ōtsu, Japan
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2.5 mi from city centre, Ōtsu 

Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens is located in Otsu and offers an indoor pool. It also provides a coffee bar, a sauna and an executive floor.

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Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu
Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu
8.3 Excellent
2-1-28 Nagara, Ōtsu, Japan
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0.6 mi from city centre, Ōtsu 

Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu is located in Otsu and offers guests free Wi-Fi. It also provides a 24-hour reception, massage services and a beauty centre.

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Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama
Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama
7.3 Good
9-21 Awazucho, Ōtsu, Japan
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2.4 mi from city centre, Ōtsu 

Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama is located in Otsu and features free Wi-Fi. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Cheapest hotels in Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

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Calendar Hotel
Calendar Hotel
8.1 Excellent
Kasuga-Cho 1-3, Ōtsu, Japan
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0.3 mi from city centre,  

Calendar Hotel offers a comfortable setting when in Otsu. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi.

$33
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Smile Hotel Otsu Seta
Smile Hotel Otsu Seta
7.0 Good
1-3-11, Ogaya, Ōtsu, Japan
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3.5 mi from city centre,  

Smile Hotel Otsu Seta offers a comfortable setting while in Otsu. It also provides massage services, a beauty centre and meeting rooms.

$40
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Apa Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae
Apa Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae
7.5 Good
1-16-1 Ogaya, Ōtsu, Japan
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3.5 mi from city centre,  

Situated just a brief stroll from Seta Station, APA Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae offers guests a convenient base while in Otsu. It provides 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

$43
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Hotel Tetora Otsu Kyoto
Hotel Tetora Otsu Kyoto
7.0 Good
1-1-1, Osaka, Ōtsu, Japan
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0.2 mi from city centre,  

Just a minute's walk from Otsu Railway Station, the hotel is an ideal base when in Otsu. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

$48
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Hotel Boston Plaza Kusatsu
Hotel Boston Plaza Kusatsu
8.3 Excellent
1-27 Nishioji-Cho, Kusatsu, Japan
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0.5 mi from city centre,  

Situated just a brief walk from Kusatsu Train Station, the hotel offers guests an ideal base while visiting Kusatsu. Those staying at the property can also enjoy free Wi-Fi during their stay.

$49
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Comfort Hotel Hikone
Comfort Hotel Hikone
8.1 Excellent
18-7 Ekihigashi-Cho, Hikone, Japan
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0.1 mi from city centre,  

Comfort Hotel Hikone offers comfortable 3-star accommodation in Hikone. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to sightsee in the area.

$50
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Hotel Sunroute Hikone
Hotel Sunroute Hikone
7.6 Good
Asahimachi 9-14, Hikone, Japan
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0.1 mi from city centre,  

Situated just a short stroll from Hikone Station, the hotel offers guests a convenient base when visiting Hikone. It provides 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

$50
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Hotel 21
Hotel 21
8.1 Excellent
Wakatake-Cho 7-10, Kusatsu, Japan
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0.4 mi from city centre,  

This comfortable hotel in Kusatsu offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as laundry facilities and a beauty centre. It is ideally positioned for guests wishing to visit local attractions.

$51
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Hotel prices in Lake Biwa

2 stars and under

$62 - $114

Hotel Lake Land Hikone

#1 Most popular

$114
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Comfort Inn Omihachiman

Best value

$62
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3 stars

$40 - $344

Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu

#1 Most popular

$67
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Biwako Ryokusuitei

#2 Most popular

Biwako Ryokusuitei
8.5 Excellent
$83
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Smile Hotel Otsu Seta

Best value

$40
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4 stars +

$74 - $137

Biwako Hotel

#1 Most popular

Biwako Hotel
8.9 Excellent
$137
Avg. per night
Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens

Best value

$74
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Where to stay in Lake Biwa

About Lake Biwa

Located just outside Kyoto, Lake Biwa is a sprawling freshwater lake dating back more than four million years. This impressive natural attraction has a diverse ecosystem, housing more than 1,000 species, including 46 native fish species and more than 500 types of water birds. You can also discover a unique archaeological site at Lake Biwa, the Awazu site, which showcases traditions from the ancient Jomon period.

The shores of Lake Biwa reveal a wealth of notable attractions, including the 17th-century Hikone Castle, which dates back to the Edo period and is one of the most important historical structures in Shiga. On the opposite side of the lake sits Shirahige Shrine, which is dedicated to Sarutahiko Okami.

Don’t forget to venture to Chikubu Island, a small island in the north of Lake Biwa where you can see the circa-420 AD Tsukubusuma Shrine and the Karamon gate, a National Treasure of Japan. Need to relax? Head to Nagahama Taiko Hot Spring, which lets you soak weary muscles while looking out over Lake Biwa.

Getting there

The southern edge of Lake Biwa is about 40 minutes from Kyoto via the Tozai Line to Biwako-Hamaotsu Station. You can use the reliable train system to travel around the entirety of Lake Biwa.

Lake Biwa travel FAQs

  • Where is the best place to stay in Lake Biwa?

    When visiting Lake Biwa, consider checking out Ōtsu, Moriyama, and Kusatsu as some of the most sought after locations.

  • What are the best hotels in Lake Biwa?

    Lake Biwa is home to many highly-rated hotels, one of which is Biwako Hotel, which has a current rating of 8.9. For other potential stays, consider J-Hoppers Lake Biwa Guesthouse - Hostel and Biwako Ryokusuitei, which can also be great places to stay in Lake Biwa.