Northeast of Kyoto lies Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan, named for its similar shape to the biwa (Japanese lute). As well as being treasured for its natural beauty, the area is historically important due to its trade links and proximity to the old capital of Kyoto, and you will find numerous fascinating castles and temples to explore whilst here.
LAKE BIWA ACCOMMODATION
LAKE BIWA OTSU PRINCE HOTEL
Situated on the shores of Lake Biwa, Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel offers 529 guest rooms with lake views (36.2m2), 7 restaurants, and an outdoor pool. A blend of harmony and scenery makes the hotel one of Otsu's symbolic sites. Rooms on the Lake Floor (floors 5 – 20) are designed in the image of the bright, refreshing water of Lake Biwa, while the design concept of the Sky Floor on floors 21 – 32 is 'Sky Chic', and features guest rooms that have been designed to reflect of the views of the sky and lake visible from the rooms for a high-quality atmosphere and the feel of a resort. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms.
Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel boasts a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and lounges, serving everything from afternoon tea to sake and cocktails, fresh baked goods to delicious Japanese, Chinese and French dishes.
The hotel offers easy hotel-front access to lake sightseeing cruises, as well as bicycle rental. In summer guests can also enjoy the hotel's 90 m x 23 m outdoor pool.
HOTEL TETORA OTSU
Set in a modern building directly connected to Otsu train station, this casual hotel is perfectly located for enjoying the charms of Lake Biwa.
The straightforward guest rooms have wood furnishings and come with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and a fridge. An informal restaurant serves local fare and offers a Japanese and Western-style breakfast buffet. Free coffee is available in the lobby.