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About Otsu

Otsu curves elegantly across Lake Biwa and is home to a wide variety of temples, gardens and shrines. It's located a few kilometres east of Kyoto and is a popular day-trip destination for visitors staying in Kyoto. However, the serene atmosphere and wealth of attractions make Otsu a charming alternative to staying in the more famous Kyoto.

Otsu was the Japanese capital for part of the 7th century and is home to many designated national treasures and World Heritage sites. Situated on Mount Hiei and gazing longingly across Kyoto is the 8th century Enryaku-ji Tendai monastery. Mii-dera in the heart of the city is one of Japan's four largest temples. Various early Buddhist manuscripts fill Ishiyama-dera, an 8th century Shingon temple. Omi Otsu Palace, just about still standing after being built in AD 667, is the other of Otsu's national treasures.

Osaka Itami Airport and Kansai International Airport are the closest to Otsu. JR Kyoto is the closest station on the shinkansen bullet-train network and Otsu is connected to Kyoto by the Tozai subway line and JR Biwako line. The city is long and thin, making it easy to navigate on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakomoto train line, which curves across Otsu.

Otsu literally translates as big port and grew to prominence as a trading centre in the 7th century. When the ruling Emperor Tenji was dethroned, Otsu was briefly renamed as Furutsu, meaning old port.

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Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel

Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
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Otsu, Japan
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Very Good, 8.3
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Less than 20 minutes' stroll from Ishiba Train Station, Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel provides guests with a convenient base when in Otsu. It also offers an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts and a free shuttle service.

Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama

Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama
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Otsu, Japan
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Good, 7.8
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Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama is located in Otsu and features free Wi-Fi. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Biwako Hotel

Biwako Hotel
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Otsu, Japan
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Very Good, 8.2
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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.

Biwako Ryokusuitei

Biwako Ryokusuitei
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Otsu, Japan
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Very Good, 8.1
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Biwako Ryokusuitei provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Otsu. Boasting views of Lake Biwa, it also offers a wide range of amenities, including meeting rooms, a free shuttle service and massage services.

Yumotokan

Yumotokan
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Otsu, Japan
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Fabulous, 8.8
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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.

Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens

Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens
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Otsu, Japan
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Very Good, 8.1
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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.

Yuzanso

Yuzanso
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Otsu, Japan
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Very Good, 8.0
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Yuzanso provides a comfortable setting when in Otsu. This 3-star ryokan offers views of Lake Biwa, as well as an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts and a sauna.

APA Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae

APA Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae
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Otsu, Japan
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Good, 7.2
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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.

Biwako Hanakaido

Biwako Hanakaido
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Otsu, Japan
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Superb, 9.1
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Biwako Hanakaido offers 3-star accommodation in Otsu. It also provides a library, luggage storage and a 24-hour reception.

Smile Hotel Otsu Seta

Smile Hotel Otsu Seta
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Otsu, Japan
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Very Good, 8.0
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Smile Hotel Otsu Seta offers a comfortable setting while in Otsu. It also provides massage services, a beauty centre and meeting rooms.

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