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Biwako Hotel

Biwako Hotel / Shiga Otsu 129


A lake resort only 10 minutes away from Kyoto has fascinated many people by the great sight: Bright mornings that bathe the guests with gentle light and a fantastic orange sunset tenderly embraces you. 

The newly renovated guest rooms feature rooms with blue resort-like spaces and others shining the atmosphere and the souls of the guests. The view of Lake Biwa greets anyone who enters, allowing guests to have a relaxing time and feel like becoming one with nature.

The best part of Biwako Hotel is to enjoy natural hot springs on the lake side on top of the exquisite hotel experience.

Dishes decorated with ingredients found and harvested in the local woodlands can only be appreciated in modern times.
A dish such as this is only possible by those who love the land of Shiga and understand and appreciate the history of the hotel.

Biwako Hotel was established as a resort hotel at Otsu in 1934 becoming famous for its beautiful scenery next to the waterside.

The hotel welcomes guests with its beautiful scenery, cozy breeze, seafood from the rich lake, and the care of respecting the tradition and history.

This is the place to feel relaxed and comfortable anytime!      
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Relux grade

Accommodations that represent their respective prefectures and that are worth visiting when you are in the area.

Overall Rating(61 reviews)


















Other Facilities4.2/5

Mr./Ms. A.M(Private)

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Select Date:2019-07-07

この度はお世話になりありがとうございました!アクアのお部屋に泊まりましたが、眺めもよく、とても居心地の良い空間でした。ホテルでゆっくりしたかったので、チェックアウトが12時で遅めの設定なのも本当に助かり嬉しかったです。 チェックインの時か... Read more この度はお世話になりありがとうございました!アクアのお部屋に泊まりましたが、眺めもよく、とても居心地の良い空間でした。ホテルでゆっくりしたかったので、チェックアウトが12時で遅めの設定なのも本当に助かり嬉しかったです。 チェックインの時から始まり、フットマッサージャーを借りる際や、ツボ押しを依頼する際など、対応してくださったどの方も丁寧で親切で嬉しかったです。 ありがとうございました。 アクアの部屋専用の和朝食もとても美味しかったですが、あまりにも豪華で量が思った以上に多く、完食できなかったのが申し訳なかったです。 勝手なお願いではありますが、食材のアレルギー等がないか聞いていただけるのと同様に、食べる量の確認もしていただけると助かるなと思いました。(特にご飯が御釜で炊き上がった状態で出てきたので、量を減らしてもらえるよう頼むことができませんでした…) また機会がありましたら利用したいです。ありがとうございました。

Thank you for taking care of me this time! We stayed at aqua room, but the view was good and it was a very cozy space. I wanted to relax at the hotel, so I was really happy to be late for check out at 12:00. It started from the time of check-in, when borrowing a foot massager, or when asking for a point press, everyone who responded was also polite, kind and happy. Thank you very much. The Japanese-style breakfast dedicated to the aqua room was also very delicious, but I was sorry that I could not finish eating because it was too luxurious and too much in amount. Although it is a selfish request, I thought it would be helpful if you could check the amount of food you eat as well as you could ask if there are food allergies etc. (Especially because I came out with rice cooked in a pot, I could not ask to reduce the amount ...) Also I would like to use it if I have the opportunity. Thank you very much.

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Mr./Ms. Y.Y(60)

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Select Date:2019-06-09

夜、ベランダで飲むのを楽しみにきたのに、このじき、虫が出るということであけることさえ出来なかった。とても残念でした。 お部屋はきれいで良かった。椅子をもう1つ貸していただいたが、対応も丁寧で気持ちよく過ごせました。ありがとうございました。... Read more 夜、ベランダで飲むのを楽しみにきたのに、このじき、虫が出るということであけることさえ出来なかった。とても残念でした。 お部屋はきれいで良かった。椅子をもう1つ貸していただいたが、対応も丁寧で気持ちよく過ごせました。ありがとうございました。琵琶湖の花火大会などあったら、また利用したいです。

I was looking forward to drinking on the veranda at night, but I couldn't even open it because the insects were coming out. I was very sorry. The room was nice and clean. I lent another chair, but I was able to spend a pleasant and pleasant response. Thank you very much. If there are fireworks display of Lake Biwa, we want to use again.

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Mr./Ms. M.O(63)

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Select Date:2019-06-15

携帯の充電を携帯を預けないと行けないのは、今回が初めてです。充電している時に携帯の中を見られないか心配しました。用意すれば良い事ですが… お風呂はちょっと狭いかな〜設備もちょっと 食事はとても良いと思います。 チェックアウトが12時な... Read more 携帯の充電を携帯を預けないと行けないのは、今回が初めてです。充電している時に携帯の中を見られないか心配しました。用意すれば良い事ですが… お風呂はちょっと狭いかな〜設備もちょっと 食事はとても良いと思います。 チェックアウトが12時なのでゆっくりできました。

This is the first time that you can not go without charging your cell phone. I was worried that I could not see inside the cell while charging. It is good if we prepare ... The bath is a bit narrow I think the food is very good. As check out is at 12 o'clock, I could do it slowly.

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Biwako Hotel


2-40 Hama cho, Ootsu city, Shiga pref. [View map]

check-in / check-out time

15:00 / 12:00

CI/CO time may be different depending on plan.

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Number of guest rooms

171 room(s)


Italian cuisine by Italian chefs. Enjoy while gazing at Lake Biwa.

・Dining room Sai
French cuisine using rice and vegetables produced in Satoyama, hand-picked Japanese beef, seafood directly from Sakai Harbor, and added Japanese taste. Please use chopsticks and relax.

・Teppanyakji Oomi
Our professional chef grills rich Japanese beef, Oomi beef, fresh seafood, and vegetables by the counter bar. A la carte dish, World wine, and Shiga Local Sake are available.

・BAR Momoyama
Please enjoy a time with a glass of various original cocktails or vintages made by our bartender with standard Jazz.  

In addition, RESTAURANT THE GARDEN and Japanese restaurant Oomi are available. Please enjoy the taste of Shiga.
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In addition to the bath in your room, you can enjoy a natural hot spring public bath, ‘Ruri no yu’, with the lake. Please enjoy the healing and luxury bath time while watching the red sky in the morning and the stars above expansive Lake Biwa at night.

[Bath time]
6:00 a.m.~10:00 a.m./2:00 p.m.~midnight
※The hours may change due to maintenance. You can wear the slippers and Yukata to go to a public spa on the 4F from facilities, rooms, and Japanese dining area on the 5F. The public space, which is the floors under the 3F, cannot be entered.
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Other facility information

Please contact the hotels/ryokans directly for more details.
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Children from 0 to 4 years can co-sleep. (co-sleeping and baby beds are free.)
The outdoor pool is only operational during summer.
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・The fee does not include a hot spring tax(150 yen).
Guests who do not contact us on the day of their stay by 8:00pm (in case the scheduled arrival time is specified beforehand, the time at which 2 hours have elapsed) we will deem it as a cancellation.
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  • Bath tax
  • Children allowed
  • Room service
  • Transportation service
  • Parking area
  • Hot spring
  • Fresh hot spring
  • Room with outdoor spa
  • Public spa
  • Private spa
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Esthe/Spa facility
  • Fitness facility
  • Barrier free
  • 5 min walk from station
  • Pets allowed
  • Breakfast in room
  • Dinner in room
  • Open air bath
  • Night view
  • Ocean view
  • Cottage
  • Coupon

The accommodation features are general descriptions of the facility. The amenities and breadth of service will differ between each accommodation. For details, please confirm directly with the accommodation.


Access by public transportation.

[from other prefectures to JR Ootsu station by each JR Line]
from Tokyo:  Shinkansen, conventional line   (about 2 hours 50 min.)
from Nagoya:  Shinkansen, conventional line   (about 55 min.)
from Kanazawa:  conventional line   (about 2 hours 30 min.)
from Hiroshima:  Shinkansen, conventional line   (about 2 hours 30 min.)

Shuttle bus from JR Ootsu station is available only for the guests to Biwako Hotel.
(about 5min.   8:05am〜9:50pm  operating every 15 minute)
at Free Shuttle bus station

※All seated. If it is full please wait for the next bus.
※Traffic jam, delay, or disruption is possible.
※With rough weather the service may be unavailable.
※Without announcement the service may be unavailable.

About 10 min. from JR Ootsu station to our hotel on foot.

[from Kinki district to JR Ootsu station by each JR Line]
from JR Osaka sta. to JR Ootsu sta.   *JR Biwako Line  (39 min.  New express)
from JR Sannomiya sta. to JR Ootsu sta.   *JR Biwako Line  (60 min.  New express)
from JR Kyoto sta. to JR Ootsu sta.   *JR Biwako Line  (9 min.)

About 5 min. from Keihan Hama Ootsu station to our hotel on foot.

2-40 Hama cho, Ootsu city, Shiga pref.

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