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Biwako Ryokusuitei

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6-1-6 Ogoto, Otsu 520-0101, Shiga Prefecture
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

From Kyoto Station, using Biwako line( JR ), after six stations , will reach Ogotoonsen Station. In the station, on your right, you will see the Biwako Ryokusutei counter, show them your booking, they will arrange transport to send you to the hotel. We booked a corner unit at fifth floor, the view is perfect. Facing a big lake and... More 

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ravenna
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

The hotel is definitely not welcoming to foreigners- Service is chilly, no language is spoken other than Japanese by any of the staff, internet connection does not work and no one seems to understand why you need it. Breakfast is ridiculous, even for Japanese clients- lots of fish, some soup, jam and stale bread , one cereal and a very... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had a really good time in the hotel. The view was absolutely amazing and the hot spring was good. The room was huge -- like 10 times larger than the room we had in Osaka and with a private 'hot spring' in the balcony. The dinner was good but breakfast was a nice surprise -- BBQ fish in the... More 

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Nara, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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Suisse
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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
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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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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

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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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
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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