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Top 10 hotels in Otsu

J-Hoppers Lake Biwa Guesthouse - Hostel
1 out of 5
931-1 Kitahira, Otsu, Shiga
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$59
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8
4.5/5Wonderful! (24 reviews)

"Staffs are friendly and helpful. But the location is not convenient."…"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

J-Hoppers Lake Biwa Guesthouse - Hostel
Biwako Hanakaido
3.5 out of 5
1-3 1-Chome, Ogoto, Otsu, Shiga-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$350
per night
Apr 22 - Apr 23
4.6/5Wonderful! (110 reviews)

"It is a beautiful resort, with an aged but quaint look and feel. There is a private spa which can be booked so your group of friends can share a bath. Food is very exquisite, and traditional Japanese ryokan style."…"

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Biwako Hanakaido
Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu
3 out of 5
2-1-28 Nagara, Otsu, Shiga
$54
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13
3.8/5Good! (139 reviews)

"Nice clean hotel for a short stay. Close to train station and lake front. Could use a remodel soon."…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019

Toyoko Inn Kyoto Biwako Otsu
Yumotokan
3.5 out of 5
2-30-7 Noka, Otsu, Shiga-ken
$273
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13
4.6/5Exceptional! (508 reviews)
Great Stay at Otsu

"The staff were great in their service, from checking in to checking out. We initially booked a room with an outdoor onsen bath tub but didn’t realized that the shower facilities were also outdoor. Due to winter, our young toddler was unable to shower outdoor and it was inconvenient for us to bring ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Yumotokan
Satoyu Mukashibanashi Yuzanso Ryokan
3.5 out of 5
1-9-28 Ogoto, Otsu, Shiga-ken
$138
per night
Apr 20 - Apr 21
4.3/5Excellent! (211 reviews)

"Very spacious and comfortable ryokan to stay. A lot of Japanese local food was served during dinner. We had very pleasant interaction with the two attendants that served our dinner. One lovely elder lady who tried to speak English to us and a younger lady that accompanies her; kept us entertained ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Satoyu Mukashibanashi Yuzanso Ryokan
Koke-Musu:inn
2.5 out of 5
17-19,Kinoshita-cho, Otsu, Shiga
$50
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8
4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
家族4人がグッスリ寝れます。

"コンパクトだけど、上手に空間を使ってる感じで私は好きでした。主人は寝返りで膝をぶつけたりしていたので、コンパクトととるか狭いととるかはその人の感覚かなとも思います。大人二人と小学生高学年二人でもグッスリ寝れましたよ。インテリアが凝ってて、良かったです。"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Koke-Musu:inn
Yunoyado Komorebi
3.5 out of 5
2 Chome-30-1 Noka, Otsu, Shiga-ken
$249
per night
May 3 - May 4
4.5/5Wonderful! (44 reviews)
Meh

"overall experience was ok. It was a cool experience and only that. The room looked cool but it was dusty. The bathroom smelled like pee was soaked into the wooden floors. The a/c was a bit musty. There was no beef that was promised on the website. The Japanese dinner and breakfast consisted of fish ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Yunoyado Komorebi
Inase Otsu Machiya Bed & Breakfast
2.5 out of 5
3-3-33 Nagara, Otsu, Shiga
$126
per night
May 7 - May 8
4.8/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Great place and great owners

"Wonderful! This B&B is in a restored old store. The pictures do not do it justice. Breakfast was delicious. Room was spacious with soft and fluffy blankets. If you are worried about the shower/tub in another area, I did not have a problem. They are very clean. Little notes about different parts of ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Inase Otsu Machiya Bed & Breakfast
APA HOTEL〈BIWAKO SETA-EKIMAE〉
3 out of 5
1-16-1 Ogaya, Otsu, Shiga-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$42
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13
3.8/5Good! (222 reviews)
Cost effective

"Typical APA hotel efficient and cost effective. Only gripe is the pillows which are small and hard."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

APA HOTEL〈BIWAKO SETA-EKIMAE〉
Hotel Lotus Otsu  - Adult only
3 out of 5
7-1-15, Otsu, Shiga
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$63
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8
4.3/5Excellent! (26 reviews)

"Staff was very rude"…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

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Visiting Otsu

Visitors to Otsu are sure to enjoy the lakeside setting and hot springs. Tourists can also enjoy so much more including its temples. Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kiyomizu Temple, and Nijo Castle are some of the top sights around the area.

  • There are 36 hotels and other accommodations in Otsu
  • The closest major airport is in Osaka (ITM-Itami), 33.6 mi (54.1 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in Kobe (UKB), 49.6 mi (79.9 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Otsu

Cultural venues in the city include Kozokunosato Museum, Biwako Hall, and Otsu City Museum of History. The city is notable for landmarks like Izu Shrine, Hiyoshi Taisha, and Kanda Shrine. The lakeside and hot springs highlight the city's natural beauty with places to visit including Ogoto Onsen, Ojigaoka Park, and Lake Biwa Canal.

As you plan your holiday getaway, you'll find 36 hotels and other lodging options available to select from in Otsu. These are top ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Biwako Hanakaido - This 3.5-star hotel features 2 restaurants, free WiFi, and free parking. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its breakfast and helpful staff.
  • Yumotokan - Our customers like the dining options and helpful staff at this ryokan. This 3.5-star ryokan features a restaurant, free WiFi, and free parking.
  • Guesthouse AN - Amenities in this 2.5-star guesthouse include a kitchen, free WiFi, and a refrigerator.

In the surrounding area, popular places to see include Kyoto Imperial Palace, 9.6 mi/15.4 km from the city center, and Kiyomizu Temple, which is 9.7 mi (15.6 km) away.

Getting Around Otsu

If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from Ogoto onsen station, Seta Station, or Ishiyama Station. Otsu might not have many public transit options to choose from so consider renting a car to explore more.

Dressing for Otsu

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 61°F during the day and 34°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 85°F, while the average at night is 45°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 92°F with nighttime averages of 62°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 77°F and nighttime averages of 36°F
  • About 45.47 inches of rain falls on Otsu each year
  • Usually August and July are the hottest months with an average of 89°F, whereas February and January are often coldest, averaging 35°F

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place for a stay in Otsu?
Inase Otsu Machiya Bed & Breakfast is ranked highly by Expedia customers. This hotel is a short 6-minute walk from Lake Biwa, and it offers free breakfast and free WiFi. Reviews from our site also recommend Biwako Hotel and Biwako Hanakaido as top options for your trip.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Otsu, will I receive a refund?
Yes! You’ll find that most room reservations are fully refundable if you cancel before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which in most cases is within 24 or 48 hours of check in. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might be able to still cancel and receive a refund within a 24-hour period of booking. Add your dates and click on “Search”, then filter by “free cancellation” to review top deals in Otsu.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Otsu?
To access more information about updating your trip to Otsu or cancelling it, click here.
What's the best hotel for a family vacation in Otsu?
Satoyu Mukashibanashi Yuzanso Ryokan is a top 3.5-star ryokan on Expedia for families, and features a restaurant and free parking. Other good options to stay with the kids include Dantoukan Kikunoya and Yunoyado Komorebi. Also attractions like Biwako Otsukan and Otsu City Science Museum are fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for couples in Otsu?
Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens is a favorite 4-star hotel for couples, and features in-room massages and deep soaking bathtubs.
Where is the best place to stay close to Biwako Valley Ski Resort?
Alvilla omi-maiko is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this pension offers free WiFi and free parking. It’s located 2.5 mi (4 km) from Biwako Valley Ski Resort. Other good choices within a few miles include Biwako Hira Hotel and Onsen Hotel Holiday Afternoon.
What about the best place to stay near Biwako Hall?
One of the top choices for your stay is hotelpiazzabiwako, located next to Biwako Hall. Biwako Hotel and Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel are other good choices nearby.
What is the best hotel near Kansai International Airport (KIX)?
Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is a popular 4-star hotel featuring 4 restaurants and free WiFi. It’s located a short 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kansai Intl. Airport. Another good choice close to the airport is First Cabin Kansai-Airport, located just 0.1 mi (0.2 km) away.
How is it to stay in Otsu?
Visitors to Otsu are sure to enjoy the lakeside setting and hot springs. Tourists can also enjoy so much more including its temples. Top sights in the city include Biwako Valley Ski Resort and Lake Biwa. In Otsu, there are 59 hotels and other accommodations to choose from.
What is there to see in Otsu?
Cultural venues in the city include Biwako Hall, Otsu City Science Museum, and Otsu City Museum of History. The city is notable for landmarks like Enryakuji Temple, Biwako Valley, and Hiyoshi Taisha. The lakeside and hot springs highlight the city’s natural beauty with places to visit including Lake Biwa, Ojigaoka Park, and Lake Biwa Canal.
What's the best way to get around Otsu?
If you want to journey outside of the city, ride aboard a train from Ogotoonsen station, Biwako-Hamaotsu Station, or Kamisakaemachi Station. Otsu might not have very many public transit options to choose from so consider renting a car to explore more.
What's the weather like in Otsu?
The hottest months are usually August and July with an average temp of 89°F, while the coldest months are February and January with an average of 35°F. Average annual rainfall for Otsu is 44.91 inches.

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