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Biwako Ryokusuitei

3.5 of 5 Onsen Ryokan   |   6-1-6 Ogoto, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture 520-0101, Japan (Ogoto Onsen)
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Ranked #1 of 20 Otsu B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nara, Japan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great hotel, clean and big rooms with a private outdoor bath! The food was great and the quality was high. The staff were extremely friendly and catered all our needs. We were traveling with our 6 month old daughter, and they arranged nappies, wet wipes and even a cot for our daughter to lie down during the course of our... More

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I spent two nights with my wife in this ryokan. The room was not cheap at all (we booked during holidays season), but was very - very! - impressive. Not only was it huge, we had a balcony with a private rotenburo (Japanese hot bath) and view on the lake. The room itself was a typical Japanese one (with tatamis)... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Overall a very nice experience. It's slightly out the way from Kyoto centre so we had to get a train (can't remember distance but under 30 mins) and then from the station you can request a shuttle from the hotel as it's only a mile or 2 away. Upon arrival, the great service was apparent as you are taken straight... More

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Covina, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you are looking for a different experience than the many typical (though very nice) Western-style hotels in the Kyoto/Biwa area, this hotel is a great choice. The idea is to definitely soak in the onsen at least once and preferably twice a day. Each time you do, it is said in Japan that you look several years younger because... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Staying at VIP room with gorgeous service n friendly staff especially ms. Watanabe San, you'll never regret to stay here with nice facility n best breakfast ever with Japanese style all will be prepare at room, it's perfect holiday. Huge room with perfect view of biwa lake😄😍

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New Zealand
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25 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had been to 2 other onsen hotels in Ise which is nearly 2 hours away from Osaka so we thought we will try somewhere nearby within an hour or so from Osaka and chose Ogotoonsen in Otsu, near Kyoto. After reading some positive reviews at Trip Advisor and Biwako Ryokusuietei was rated 2nd in the Otsu hotels, we booked... More

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Evergreen, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My wife and I booked a “western style” room with a private onsen on the balcony when we could not find a hotel in Kyoto during Cherry Blossom season. The hotel is located about a 20 minute train ride from Kyoto and if you are looking for some place less hectic from the city, this would be a good alternative.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The stay at this establishment gave me a completely different experience about Japan. It was very personal, traditional as well as memorable. The resort offers both public and private onsen (hot tub if you have it in your room package which is highly recommended). We stayed here as a family of four and were a bit lost the moment we... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

After the craziness of Tokyo, Biwako Ryokusuitei provided a welcome tonic. It's picturesque setting and authentic rooms allow visitors a unique experience. The Onsen public baths are beautiful and offer great relaxation after a day of sightseeing. It may appear far, but is only a 20 minute train ride from Kyoto station followed by a short cab ride. The staff... More

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Address: 6-1-6 Ogoto, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture 520-0101, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Shiga Prefecture > Otsu > Ogoto Onsen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Biwako Ryokusuitei 3.5*
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Biwako Ryokusuitei offers Japanese-style/Western rooms with Lake Biwako views, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths are available for all guests, and some rooms come with a private balcony with an open-air bath. A free shuttle is available from JR Ogoto Onsen Train Station, which is a 5-minute drive away and a 15-minute train ride to Kyoto Station. ... more   less 
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