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Biwako Ryokusuitei

6-1-6 Ogoto, Otsu 520-0101 Shiga Prefecture
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Certificate of Excellence


#6 of 51 hotels in Otsu
Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Free shuttle or taxi services
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Electric vehicle charging station
Street parking
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hot spring bath
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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We travelled here from Osaka, seeking a Japanese hotel experience without the futons. Large room with all coveniences, a view of Lake Biwa and best of all a large bathtub on the balcony connected to a hot spring We stayed 2 nights, with the tariff including 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts. The dinner was out of this world; the freshest produce, perfectly cooked and exquisitely presented. Hotel was spotless, staff were perfect. Sakamoto Cable Railway (shrines, forest, etc) was highly enjoyable.
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It is only 20 minutes’ drive from Kyoto or one can go there by train where the hotel bus will pick you up. The hotel is an amazing place to stay in. The rooms are large and all facing the beautiful lake. One can choose either a room with bed or one without bed where one can sleep on the tatami mat. The in-room onsen is cool. One can have a hot bath without leaving the room and have a nice view of the lake at the same time. The outdoor onsen located at the lake, is equally nice. Each room was give 2 raw eggs to cook at the outdoor hot spring area. We slept very well. The dinner is incredible. Many courses were served and each with it’s own unique and taste and flavor. Breakfast was excellent too with a free flow buffet BBQ fish available. What an amazing experience. Definitely recommended.
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The staff were nice and accommodating. They welcomed us warmly. We actually arrived this ryokan before the 3pm check-in time and had to wait around until then. The staff took care of our luggage while we took a stroll outside the facility at the lake side. There were a couple of yatch parked at the side of the lake with groups of people fishing leisurely. We enjoyed our stroll and felt that this ryokan is a nice place to escape from the hustle and bustler of city life and the noisy hoards of tourist. And I could see that this ryokan mostly has local guests more than tourists. There were lots of senior citizen guest here. After checking in, a nice English speaking gentlemen took us around the facility and patienly waited on us when we took a short look at the public onsen area. He then graciously shown us to our room. Our luggage were brought into our room by their staff during our lovely tour.This same gentlemen also offered his help whenever he could. He even offered to take a couple of pictures for us. There wasn't much to do or happening around the area of this ryokan but we did venture into a nearby kobini store to and sat there enjoying our late night snacks. There are some restaurants surrounding the ryokan but we didn't get to try them out as my room plan comes with dinner and breakfast already. We enjoyed our room and the open-air hot spring bath with beautiful view of the lake. The temperature of the water is just right and the room is clean with sufficient amenities for our comfort. The uses Shishedo brand of products in their bathroom and also in their public onsen. I did encountered an unpleasant incident at the public onsen; someone took my bathtowel. I had nothing to dry myself with other than that small hand towel which I took into the onsen bath. I didn't know such thing could happen in Japan. I was really surprised it actually happened. I reported this incident at the front desk; didn't receive any apologies but they gave me 2 sets of replacement towel sets to use. The front desk guy just handed over to me the towels without putting it into a bag and we were on our way to the dining hall for our kaiseki dinner. But luckily the nice gentlemenly staff (he might be the floor manager) from this afternoon happen to pass by and helped to provide us with a nice paper bag for the towels so we could bring it into the dinning hall without looking silly. I really appreciates his hospitality and understanding and praised his thoughfulness. The Kaiseiki dinner was delicious and very lovely. They uses fresh high grade ingredients and was careful with their presentation as well. The waiter assigned to serve us was very helpful and nice too. He does not speak very good English but patiently introduced the food and ingredients too us and did his very best to explain and answer our questions. I am very impressed by his positive and professional attitude and regretted not taking down his name to thank you for his good service in this review. Same goes with that nice 'floor manager' gentlemen. I wished I had taken note of his name so I could thank him here.Both of these outstanding gentlemen made our stay memorable and enjoyable. Thank you. Overall, we are very satisfied with our stay here. We were shown great hospitality and felt welcomed. Their meals were delicious and of great value. I liked that they served seafood barbeque for breakfast. Before I came here, I did wish for our dinner could be served in our room as per usual onsen ryokan practise for kaiseki plans. But after experiencing the kaiseki meal at the dinning area with professional server, I have no more complaints. Therefore to me, Biwako Ryokusuitei is worth your visit and to splurge your money on. Happy first time guest of Ryokusuitei <3
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I have mixed feeling about this ryokan. The setting of the dining area was very nice. The Kaiseki dinner was beautifully presented. The seafood food and omi beef were fresh and excellent. The service was good. The public onsen (including the open air one) was spacious, clean, well maintained and with all necessary amenities supplied. All these are on the first floor of the ryokan. What made me a bit unhappy was the room. We booked a Japanese style room with living room and open-air bath in the Biwa-no-Kaze wing about 2 months in advance. Two days before we arrived, the ryokan sent me an email saying that the room that I booked was not available and offered a smaller room with lake view at a discounted price. The offered room was small and a bit worn down. It did not have a separate bathroom. The bathing area was next to the private onsen. The water temperate of the private onsen was too hot (much hotter than the public onsen). I stayed in many hotels and ryokans in Japan in the last 3 years. This is the first time that I did not get the room that I booked and was not given a choice. There were rooms similar to the one that I booked in other floors of the ryokan but we were not offered one. I understand that there were commercial decision, but I was not given even an apology at check-in. To be fair to the ryokan, my recommendation is to book a room with minimum facilities and enjoy the food, dinning service, public onsen and the Biwa lake.
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2 nights at this welcoming lakeside resort in town of Ogotu Onsen - easy shuttle from the station. Not a beautiful building but a good experience of  Japanese food, spa bathing and Japanese hospitality and tradition - when we went there were very few non-Japanese so you get a good Japanese experience. On the food front it pays to approach the evening meal as a culinary exploration and to be open minded and willing to try the beautifully presented range of foods not all of which you might recognise and which the polite staff can’t  explain in English. We had lots of interesting and mostly tasty sashimi and other sushi and delicious Omi beef which you cook briefly at your table. All while dressed in the hotel-supplied Yakuta. Breakfast also good - you can cook fish at your table and there were lots of traditional Japanese choices and a small amount of European if you feel the need for a croissant or slice of bacon or bran flakes. Hot tub on balcony great with views over lake. Also tried the public spa - good and relaxing; you have to shower thoroughly first and use the spas without swimming gear on.
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$186 - $511 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
JapanKinkiShiga PrefectureOtsuOgoto Onsen
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Frequently Asked Questions about Biwako Ryokusuitei
Which popular attractions are close to Biwako Ryokusuitei?
Nearby attractions include O'pal (0.7 miles), Ogoto Onsen Kanko Park (0.07 miles), and Fukuryo-ji Temple (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Biwako Ryokusuitei?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Biwako Ryokusuitei?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Biwako Ryokusuitei?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Biwako Ryokusuitei?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ogoto Onsen Biwako Ryokusuitei, Biwako Hanakaido, and Kiyomoto.
Does Biwako Ryokusuitei offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Biwako Ryokusuitei?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Biwako Ryokusuitei?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Hosenin (4.1 miles), Oharano Sato (4.1 miles), and Biwako Otsukan (4.5 miles).
Is Biwako Ryokusuitei accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.