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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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Room types


Relux grade

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

Overall Rating(57 reviews)


















Other Facilities4.1/5

Mr./Ms. I.Y(Private)

Total points:

Select Date:2019-06-02

ジュニアスイートに宿泊し、部屋と窓一面から見る琵琶湖の景色は最高でした。部屋も広くて綺麗でベッドもとても良かったです。リノベーションのセンスですね。テラスにテーブル、椅子があったのはとても良かったのですが、クモの巣があったり、細かな虫の死骸... Read more ジュニアスイートに宿泊し、部屋と窓一面から見る琵琶湖の景色は最高でした。部屋も広くて綺麗でベッドもとても良かったです。リノベーションのセンスですね。テラスにテーブル、椅子があったのはとても良かったのですが、クモの巣があったり、細かな虫の死骸がサッシの下にかなり溜まってました。せっかくの景色とくつろぐスペースが残念でした。部屋の中だけで無くテラスも毎日掃除するべきと思います。 夕食のバイキングは普通で、混み合っているのが苦痛でした。朝の和食コースは素晴らしかったです。ジュニアスイートは夕食も和食処でのコースでできたてが食べられると最高で、何度もリピートしたくなります。料金変動で選択制でもいいですが。またお邪魔したいので是非ご一考を。

We stayed in a junior suite, and the view of Lake Biwa seen from the room and the window was amazing. The room was large and clean and the bed was very good too. It is the sense of renovation. It was very nice that there were tables and chairs on the terrace, but there were cobwebs and small insect carcasses had accumulated considerably under the sash. It was disappointing to have a great view and a relaxing space. Not only inside the room but also the terrace should be cleaned every day. The dinner buffet was normal and it was painful to be crowded. The morning Japanese food course was great. The junior suites are great for dinner as well, and you will want to repeat again and again. It is good even if it is selection system by rate change. I would like to disturb you again.

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Mr./Ms. M.I(25)

Total points:

Select Date:2019-05-25


thank you for helping me. Thank you for your attention. It may be rude to compare it to a business hotel, but it was a really pleasant customer service. I want to see the scenery well again.

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Mr./Ms. K.S(32)

Total points:

Select Date:2019-05-09

アロマ空気清浄機の無理な要望にも応えて頂き、ありがとうございました。 夕食時、レストランで誕生日プレートを出して頂いて彼女も凄く喜んでいました! 朝日も綺麗でとても楽しく過ごせました。 本当にありがとうございます。 また、是非利用し... Read more アロマ空気清浄機の無理な要望にも応えて頂き、ありがとうございました。 夕食時、レストランで誕生日プレートを出して頂いて彼女も凄く喜んでいました! 朝日も綺麗でとても楽しく過ごせました。 本当にありがとうございます。 また、是非利用したいです!

Thank you for responding to the unreasonable demand of Aroma Air Purifier. At dinner, she was very happy to have her birthday plate at the restaurant! The morning sun was beautiful and I had a very good time. thank you very much. Also, I want to use it!

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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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