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琵琶湖ホテル Biwako Hotel

Biwako Hotel / Shiga Otsu 173


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

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Other Facilities4.2/5

Mr./Ms. M.I(60)

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Standard Floor Aqua Twin

昨年、宿泊させて頂き快適に過ごす事ができ、今回は娘も一緒に宿泊いたしました。 気兼ねなく、リラックスでき、お部屋の使い勝手が良く、ベッド、ソファー、椅子、などが心地よく気に入っています。 アメニティも充実していて、香りも快適でし... Read more 昨年、宿泊させて頂き快適に過ごす事ができ、今回は娘も一緒に宿泊いたしました。 気兼ねなく、リラックスでき、お部屋の使い勝手が良く、ベッド、ソファー、椅子、などが心地よく気に入っています。 アメニティも充実していて、香りも快適でした。 また利用したいです。

Last night I was able to stay comfortably and this time my daughter stayed with me this time. I can relax without hesitation, the convenience of the room is good, and I like the bed, sofa, chair, etc. comfortably. Amenity was substantial and fragrance was comfortable. I still want to use it.

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Mr./Ms. K.H(50)

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Natura Twin

今回、乳児を連れての宿泊をさせていただきましたが、オムツ用のゴミ箱も用意していただき有難うございました。 お部屋も広くて部屋からの琵琶湖の眺めは最高でした、次回も機会がありましたら是非利用させていただきたいと思います。 有難うございま... Read more 今回、乳児を連れての宿泊をさせていただきましたが、オムツ用のゴミ箱も用意していただき有難うございました。 お部屋も広くて部屋からの琵琶湖の眺めは最高でした、次回も機会がありましたら是非利用させていただきたいと思います。 有難うございました、

Thank you very much for preparing a trash can for diapers. The room was large and the view of Lake Biwa from the room was the best. Thank you,

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Mr./Ms. H.T(56)

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Aqua Twin

 琵琶湖の辺りでは初めての宿泊でした。部屋からの眺望は最高で、従業員の皆さまも熱意をもって働いておられ、とても快適な滞在となりました。おかげさまで琵琶湖の美しさを体験できて感謝しています。また訪れたいと思いました。宿泊プランとは別枠で、夕食... Read more  琵琶湖の辺りでは初めての宿泊でした。部屋からの眺望は最高で、従業員の皆さまも熱意をもって働いておられ、とても快適な滞在となりました。おかげさまで琵琶湖の美しさを体験できて感謝しています。また訪れたいと思いました。宿泊プランとは別枠で、夕食はホテル内のイタリアンダイニング・ベルラーゴでいただいたのですが、全体的に味付けが濃かった印象です。食後も、口の中に塩気の余韻がしばらく残りました。もう少し素材を活かす工夫をしていただければ、塩分を減らしても、料理をもっと楽しめたと思います。

It was the first stay around Lake Biwa. The view from the room was the best, and the employees were working with enthusiasm and it was a very comfortable stay. Thanks for being able to experience the beauty of Lake Biwa. I wanted to visit again. Separately from the accommodation plan, dinner was served at the Italian dining in Belle Lago in the hotel, but the overall impression was deep. Even after eating, a salty finish remained in the mouth for a while. If you can devise a little more material, I think that I could enjoy cooking even if I reduced the salt content.

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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

175 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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