Why recommend Otsu?
Lake Biwa: The Mother Lake of Otsu Surrounded by Lush Moutains.
Lake Biwa is Japan's largest lake, occupying one sixth of Shiga Prefecture's total surface area.
It has protected and nurtured those on its shores since ancient times.
The mountains surrounding the lake have served as a model for the "Eight Views of Omi" ukiyo-e woodblock prints and
make for a beautiful scene.
Spring: Visit our shrines and temples where cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Summer: Enjoy a spectacular view from a mountain top and marine sports at Lake Biwa.
Fall: Observe the autumn-dyed mountains with a 360 degree view from the lake.
Winter: Experience winter sports.
We await your visit to Otsu, where abundant nature, history, and cultural heritage lies in wait for you.
Convenient Access from Home and Abroad
Otsu City is conveniently accessible from the Kansai metropolitan area, being 9 minutes away via JR trains from Kyoto and 40 minutes away from Osaka. Guests from abroad will also find Otsu City readily accessible, with a travel time of 80 minutes from Osaka International Airport(ITM) and 90 minutes from Kansai Airport(KIX).
Diverse Metropolitan Resorts and Hot Spring Facilities for MICE
Metropolitan Resorts for MICE
Althhough the center of MICE is located in the heart of the city, the Biwa lakeside and Nagisa area is enveloped in a
rich natural environment that enables you to participate in meetings and workshop in a relaxed and peaceful
atmosphere. Walk along the lakeside before your event or enjoy Otsu City's history, cultural heritage, and
magnificent nature afterwards.
Hot Spring Facilities for MICE
Situated in the north of central Otsu, Ogoto Onsen is a historical site as it was first opened 1,200 years ago by the Buddhist monk Saicho. The simple high alkaline hot spring has a pH of 9.0 with properties that make your skin silky smooth and rejuvenate your being to no small degree. This ryokan is a quintessential Japaneses hot spring inn with a lakeshore location, where you will be able to thoroughly enjoy Japaneses omotenashi as well as littoral cuisine and regional spirits.
Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Biwako Grand Hotel Kyo-Ohmi
A Rich Natural Environment: Lake Biwa, Mountains, and Rivers
Not only is Lake Biwa "the best lake in Japan", but also an irreplaceable existence for people in many ways. It boasts the largest amount of stored freswater in Japan, which originates from the mountains around the lake. In terms of daily life, this fulfills the function of storing domestic water for the Keihanshin area, which is indispensable in local residents' lives. It also serves as a rich ecosystem and foundational environment for an abundant number of species of plants and fish, in addition to contributing to the development of fisheries. The richness and magnificence of Lake Biwa still coexists with urban life, while providing many people with a lavish and serene landscape.
History and Culture
Lake Biwa's Splendor
Extensive Attractions and Excursions
Lake Biwa's unique aerial firework attraction awaits you here. The fact that you can witness the firework display from a MICE venue is one of Otsu's many charms. Additionally, we have a wide range of content such as various entertainments and traditional srts to choose form. There are many facilities in Otsu City where you can enjoy not only the lake's environment, but also activities that utilize it. Lake Biwa offers aquatic activities such as bathing, rafting, windsurfing, canoeing, and fishing, in addition to trekking, mountaineering, cycling, running, and walking.
Lake Surface Activities
Fine-Tuned Omotenashi Hospitality
In Otsu City, we have a network of public and private MICE-related contacts that is focused on Otsu City, Lake
Biwa, the Biwako-Otsu Tourism Association, and Biwako Visitors Bureau to provide detailed consultations in
holding MICE events. Furthermore, Otsu City's MICE Promotion Office emlploys multilingual staff, so please feel
free to contact us either domestically or internationally if you have any requests or inquiries regarding MICE events