Ogoto Onsen is located on the west side of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. It is part of the Mt. Hiei area and is a scenic sightseeing spot for Mt. Mikami also known as Omi Fuji. It is also popular for being the closest onsen to Kyoto.
Ogoto Onsen was founded by Dengyo Daishi Saicho and was developed in the Taisho Era (1912-1926) as an authentic hot spring, making it perfect for tourism. Many tourists from all over Japan and overseas visit Ogoto Onsen.
With a pH of 9.0, the simple high alkaline hot spring is good for healing neuralgia, muscle pain, and recovering from exhaustion. After bathing in the hot spring your skin will feel silky smooth. All of Ogoto Onsen’s Japanese-style inns and hotels use pure, natural water straight from the source. No tap water is added.
|Address||Ogoto-Noka, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture|
|Access|| ■By train |
shuttle pickup at JR Ogoto Onsen Station
20-minute drive from the Meishin Expressway Kyoto East Interchange
|Contact|| Ogoto Onsen Tourism Park |
A Stroll on Lake Biwa Cruise
Enjoy a short cruise of around 60 minutes leaving from Ogoto Onsen.
It’s also a great idea to use this course as a way to check in at Ogoto Onsen!
The Ogoto Onsen check-in cruise boat leaves from Otsu Port.
■A Stroll on Lake Biwa Cruise
・Operating Days: April 29, 2017 (Sat) – November 19 (Sun) on Saturdays and Sundays only
・Price: For guests staying at Ogoto Onsen, adults 1,000 yen, children 500 yen
For other guests, adults 1,300 yen, children 650 yen
・Destination: Ogoto Onsen
・Departure Time: 4:30 p.m.
・Arrival Time: 5:30 p.m.
・Reservations: Make a reservation to join the cruise
・To reserve, contact: Biwako Kisen Reservation Center +81-77-524-5000 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)