Ogoto Onsen

Hot Spring Resort at the Foot of Mount Hiei, near Lake Biwa

Introduction of Hot Springs (Onsen)

Ogoto Onsen is located at the foot of Mount Hiei and near Lake Biwa which has been called “The pond of Tendai Yakushi “from ancient times. (Tendai is one of major denomination of Buddhism, Yakushi means the Master of Medicine)

Ogoto Onsen was previously called “Nenbutsu Pond” located in the Hoko Temple.

According to a legend, if you drink spring water of Nenbutsu Pond, you can heal any incurable disease.

Heal your physical fatigue from your trip by bathing in Ogoto Onsen that has been loved by many people since ancient times.

Ogoto town in Otsu City is blessed with nature and a long history.

For sightseeing, Ukimido Temple and Enryaku Temple are within walking distance from Ogoto where you can enjoy a precious moment while immersing yourself in the historical settings.

Effects and characteristics of Hot Springs

Ogoto Onsen is called “Beautifying bath” for its effectiveness for beautiful skin.

The high alkaline hot spring quality helps your skin becomes smoother. It also works on autonomic instablity and depression.

Ogoto Onsen was discovered by t Saicho (766 or 767 – 822), a Buddhist monk, over 1200 years ago.
  • Spring Qualities

    Standard hot-spring
  • Efficacy

    Autonomic instability Depression Insomnia


Access by public transportation.

Very close to Ogoto Onsen Station

Access by car

Approx. 20 min driving from Otsu IC on Meishin Highway

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