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12 Best Hotels Near Lake Biwa And Otsu, Japan

Kit
Updated Aug 02, 2018

The area surrounding Lake Biwa is an adventure-seeker’s paradise. There’s plenty of diverse terrain to explore and a couple of nearby train stations to escort you to Kyoto, Shiga, and beyond. One of the most amazing aspects of this region is its access to nature’s finest wonders: the onsens or hot springs. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to lay your head at night.


Read on to find out about the best hotels to stay in near Lake Biwa and Otsu, Japan.

1. Biwako Hanakaido (from 456 USD/51810.04 JPY)

Biwako Hanakaido comes highly recommended, and with good reason. Their clean, crisp guestrooms come in two varieties. Japanese-style rooms feature tatami floors and traditional Japanese futon bedding while western-style rooms feature beds and a sofa. No matter your preference, each room will offer air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, and attached bathroom. Spend your days in their indoor/outdoor hot springs; luxuriate in any of Biwako Hanakaido’s three dining options; and soak up those spectacular views of Lake Biwako.

Biwako Hanakaido

Address: 520-0101 Shiga, Otsu, Ogoto 1-3-1, Japan (see map)

Price: from 456 USD/51810.04 JPY

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 95 reviews)

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2. Kyoto Kaikan (from 264 USD/29995.28 JPY)

Kyoto Kaikan is a ryokan featuring absolutely everything. Some of the important elements include free WiFi, private parking, and beautiful gardens. Of course, it doesn’t stop there. Each room comes with air conditioning, an oven, microwave, hot tub, and desk. Select rooms feature a terrace while others offer mountain views. Fire up your tea kettle every morning and get ready to embark upon wonderful adventures amidst some of Japan’s most spectacular landscapes.

Kyoto Kaikan

Address: 607-8402 Kyoto, Kyoto, Yamashina-ku, Misasagikuroiwa 21-12, Japan (see map)

Price: from 264 USD/29995.28 JPY

Star Rating: 2 Star

Travelers Review: Superb 9.0 (from 26 reviews)

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3. Cafe & Pension SUOMI (from 114 USD/12952.51 JPY)

Cafe & Pension SUOMI offers peaceful lake views at affordable rates. You can choose between shared dormitories or private rooms. No matter your preference, you’ll enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Biwa’s glistening waters. Depending where your adventures take you, JR Omi Takashima Train Station is only 20 minutes away by foot. Free pick-up from​ the station is also available. Centrally located and well-maintained, Cafe & Pension SUOMI is a great pick for this picturesque corner of Japan.

Cafe & Pension SUOMI

Address: 520-1112 Shiga, Takashima, Nagata, Japan (see map)

Price: from 114 USD/12952.51 JPY

Star Rating: 1 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.9 (from 63 reviews)

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4. Hotel Boston Plaza Kusatsu (from 120 USD/13634.22 JPY)

If you’re looking for western-style accommodations during your Japanese stay, look no further. Hotel Boston features western food in their restaurant, a cafe-bar, karaoke facilities, and massage treatment facilities. Each guest room comes with a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, electric kettle, and plenty of green tea. Offering all the comforts of home, you’ll be centrally located with only a one-minute walk to JR Kusatsu Station.

Hotel Boston Plaza Kusatsu

Address: 525-0037 Shiga, Kusatsu, Nishiojicho 1-27, Japan (see map)

Price: from 120 USD/13634.22 JPY

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.5 (from 453 reviews)

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5. Vessel Inn Shiga Moriyama Ekimae (from 97 USD/11020.99 JPY)

Vessel Inn Shiga Moriyama Ekimae provides everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. You can look forward to a continental breakfast each morning, shared lounge, and free WiFi, among other offerings. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV, desk, and private bath. Kyoto is only 14 miles (23 km) away and the friendly front desk staff will be more than happy to help you with your travel arrangements.

Vessel Inn Shiga Moriyama Ekimae

Address: 524-0041 Shiga, Moriyama, Katsube 1-1-17, Japan (see map)

Price: from 97 USD/11020.99 JPY

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.5 (from 89 reviews)

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6. Yumoto Onsen Ohara Sansou (from 105 USD/11929.94 JPY)

Ohara Sansou features one of the area’s prettiest outdoor hot springs. They also offer a unique dining experience with hot-pot dinners and hot spring foot baths in their cafe. At night, you’ll enjoy traditional Japanese accommodations in their futon beds on tatami floors. While bathroom and toilet facilities are shared, each room comes with its own flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Another unique touch, you might want to enjoy a pottery class or private hot spring bath during your time here.

Yumoto Onsen Ohara Sansou

Address: 601-1248 Kyoto, Kyoto, Sakyo-ku Ohara Kusao-cho 17, Japan (see map)

Price: from 105 USD/11929.94 JPY

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.3 (from 293 reviews)

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7. Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens (from 141 USD/16020.21 JPY)

Royal Oak Hotel & Spa is exactly what you’d expect - sumptuous elegance. Their spacious guest rooms feature large windows, flat-screen TVs, and refrigerators. Many of these guest rooms overlook the lush gardens and offer private bathrooms. Enjoy outdoor pool and spa facilities and show-stopping views of Lake Biwa.

After a luxurious and relaxing day, you can choose between four on-site restaurants. Belle Recamier offers elegant French cuisine while Kitsuya features Japanese dishes. Cafe de Labbye offers western-style dishes while Ishiyama features a savory teppanyaki grill. No matter which spot you choose, you’ll enjoy fine dining in a beautiful setting.

Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens

Address: 520-2143 Shiga, Otsu, Kayanoura 23-1, Japan (see map)

Price: from 141 USD/16020.21 JPY

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.1 (from 147 reviews)

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8. Hotel Brighton City Kyoto Yamashina (from 128 USD/14543.17 JPY)

Brighton City Kyoto Yamashina is a bright spot with spacious guest rooms that let in wonderful bursts of fresh air and sunlight. Plan to relax in the hotel’s public bath and sauna. Afterwards, you’ll want to take advantage of one of their massage services. Brighton City Kyoto Yamashina is directly across the street from Yamashina Train and Subway Station, making Kyoto and Shiga quick and easy day trips.

Hotel Brighton City Kyoto Yamashina

Address: 607-8012 Kyoto, Kyoto, Yamashina-ku Anshu Sajiki 23, Japan (see map)

Price: from 128 USD/14543.17 JPY

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.1 (from 843 reviews)

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9. Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama (from 158 USD/17951.72 JPY)

Reiah Hotel is another great pick because of its easy access to Ishiyama Station. These contemporary accommodations feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, air-conditioning, heating, refrigerators, and tea kettles. In the morning, you can enjoy their breakfast buffet full of local and western dishes. Come evening night, their pub-restaurant will have something for everyone, as well as a delicious beverage to cap off your day full of adventure and exploration.

Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama

Address: 520-0832 Shiga, Otsu, Awazucho 9-21, Japan (see map)

Price: from 158 USD/17951.72 JPY

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.2 (from 209 reviews)

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10. Urban Hotel Minami Kusatsu (from 79 USD/8975.86 JPY)

Urban Hotel lives up to its name with its modern, sleek edges and contemporary style. Guest rooms feature LCD TVs, refrigerators, tea kettles, and complimentary toiletries. Their restaurant offers a delicious array of local cuisine while their breakfast buffet has some western-style offerings to suit everyone in your party. A minute’s walk to JR Minami Kusatsu Station, know that the treasures of Japan are yours for the taking.

Urban Hotel Minami Kusatsu

Address: 525-0050 Shiga, Kusatsu, Minami Kusatsu 1-1-5, Japan (see map)

Price: from 79 USD/8975.86 JPY

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.2 (from 139 reviews)

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11. Hotel Unizo Kyoto Shijo Karasuma (from 5620)

Hotel Unizo Kyoto Shijo Karasuma is still quite new and it’s only a four-minute walk away from the Karasuma Subway Station in the City Centre District. It’s 10.2 km (6.3 miles) from Otsu. You’ll find your room has an en-suite bathroom, stocked with a hairdryer and toiletries. Airconditioning, a TV, and desk workspace are provided. For your security, the elevators require a card key, and there’s a safety deposit box. The rooms are not very large but they are comfortable, clean, and simply furnished.

Guests can book smoking or non-smoking rooms. A useful facility is a laundry. The front desk is open 24/7 and there are free WiFi and facilities for disabled guests. There’s a cafe at the entrance which is great for breakfast. The Nishiki Market is a nearby attraction, as is the Nijo Castle and there are many restaurants in the area. The hotel should not be confused with the Hotel Unizo Kyoto, which is now closed.

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12. Setre Marina Biwako (from USD 252)

The 5-Star Setre Marina Biwako hotel has a lake view in one of Moriyama’s best-rated areas. The rooms are fitted with terraces, while indoors, you get air conditioning. A desk is provided, and there’s a hairdryer available. Toiletries and a private bath with a bathrobe and slippers are supplied. TV and a clothing rack, a phone, and a seating area set this apart as there’s also a refrigerator. Parking is free. A scrumptious English or Irish breakfast is served so you can enjoy getting out and about on a full stomach.

The closest landmarks are Lake Biwa Museum 4.9km (3 miles) away, Sanzen-in Temple 10km (6.2 miles), and Omimaiko Beach 12.5km (7.7 miles). The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 59km (36.6 miles) away. The hotel has soundproofing, heating, and non-smoking rooms. Enjoy daily maid service and a 24-hour front desk.

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Peace and tranquility written all over it

Otsu’s kind of perfect, isn’t it? Nestled beside Lake Biwa, peace and tranquility are written all over it. Equally wonderful, it’s a bit of a gateway to Japan with its access to Ishiyama, JR Minami Kusatsu, and Yamashina train stations. Kyoto and Shiga will be your easiest day trips. I hope you’ll take advantage of everything this region has to offer. It’s one of those vacations that’ll continue to inspire you, no matter where life takes you next.

This article was originally published on Nov 29, 2017

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Kit Kittelstad is a Freelance Writer who specializes in higher education and lifestyle articles, with a focus on travel pieces. She also serves as an Adjunct Communications Professor at Pace...Read more

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