Breathtaking, untamed nature and exciting city streets nestled up against Lake Biwa. Experience Otsu and its ever-changing seasonal beauty.
Otsu port, the port of Lake Biwa, was used for transportation and as a comodity trading center.In the 17th century, more than a thousand of Marukobune (wooden transport ship) ran on the lake.The comodities from the all around the country was gathered at Otsu port.Now, Otsu port is used as a gateway of Lake Biwa tourism.
Sakamoto was a flourished town near Mount Hiei's Enryakuji temple and Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine in the past. In the middle of town, you can also see a Anoshuzumi which is the beautiful brick stone wall. The mount Hiei was called the mountain of monk, a place for monk for training. The high monk and retired monk still live near the mountain. The whole mountain has been designated as an important traditional Monuments Preservation District.
Ogoto Onsen is located on the west side of Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture. Other than that, Ogoto Onsen is also a part of Mount Hiei's territory and also a scenic sightseeing place of Omi Fuji and Mikamiyama. In addition, this Onsen is also
the closest popular Onsen from Kyoto. Ogoto Onsen was founded by Dengyodaishi Saicho and developed in Taisho era as an authentic Onsen (hot spring) which suitable place for tourism.