Beautiful hotel next to Lake Biwa
Posted Apr 15, 2016
What a wonderfully charming hotel. Though it seems like an older building, the quality of service stands out as well as well as the room cleanliness and comfort.
It's a bit of a ways away from the nearest train station, which is Ishiyama (accessible using your JR Pass) but there's a free shuttle that runs on the hour until 9PM.
We had a large group and got upgraded to a 4-person suite, which was huge (by Japanese hotel standards...normal for Western standards). The suite itself was fantastic and very clean with a view over its English-style courtyard.
There's a fitness gym, pool and studio but unfortunately they aren't free. Note that most Japanese hotels typically don't provide gyms. However, it's a nice short train ride away from Kyoto and there are plenty of interesting spots around Lake Biwa if you're really looking to get some walking exercise in!
The staff's great as well. This hotel seems to get a fair number of foreign tourists and there are English speaking staff on site.
Overall, I highly recommend it, especially if you're looking for an alternative to staying in (rather expensive) Kyoto.