Otsu Vacations

"Yōkoso" to Otsu, situated in a often-visited part of Shiga. Enjoy the magical surroundings in this region including beaches, lakes and mountains.

Otsu is located approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Osaka and 220 miles (354 kilometers) west of Tokyo, Japan's capital.

The Biwako Hall is a great place to call into while you are here. Otsu.

When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck from your precious vacation time, keep in mind that Otsu is just the tip of the iceberg; Shiga has been blessed with a treasure-trove of scenic and cultural delights. Journey 16 miles (26 kilometers) east from Otsu to Kameoka, where you can visit the Kameoka Sports Ground and Anaoji Temple.

Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the west of Otsu is Kyoto, a regional center where you can explore Kiyomizu Temple, Chion-in Temple and Myoshinji Temple. Nonomiya Shrine, Higashi Honganji Temple and Kyoto Municipal Zoo are also good places to head to.

There is nothing that unlocks doors in this amazing planet of ours quite like language, so learn a couple of practical Japanese phrases before you go. Using a smattering of key words, such as "Isshoni odorimasenka?", or "Would you like to dance with me?", will be sure to make your stay even more memorable. "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" ("Where's the toilet?") is another handy one to keep up your sleeve.

When your time is up in Otsu, pack up your camera and mementos, spend your last of your yen, and bid Sayōnara (farewell) to this special place.


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