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2-40 Hamamachi, Otsu 520-0041 Shiga Prefecture
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Free your mind and body at Japan’s greatest lake. Motherly Lake Biwa’s rich water and embracing verdure have nurtured life and culture. As you entrust yourself to this blue vista and regain your true self, leave behind your routines, and absorb relaxation and peace inspired by the lake view.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Free shuttle or taxi services
Meeting rooms
Parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Hot spring bath
Massage
Open-air bath
Salon
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air purifier
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
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Safe
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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kitaurawa wrote a review Aug 2020
Saitama, Japan
Good locations and quiet room. I made a reservation before reached there two hours. But the room was prepared for us. The hotel staff teaches the restaurant near the hotel. It took about 5 minutes.nice place . But for breakfast, there is no place about here, so he recommended in the hotel. It is very nice breakfast.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Nuwan D wrote a review Dec 2019
Melbourne, Australia
A specious room right next to the Biwa lake. Excellent views, nice and relaxing - even with two under 5 year olds. Away from all the busy cities of Japan. Yet close enough to Kyoto and Osaka by train.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Biwakohotel_keihan, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Biwako Hotel
Responded Dec 31, 2019
Nuwan D様  この度はクリスマスのご滞在に琵琶湖ホテルをお選びいただきまして誠にありがとうございます。 琵琶湖の雄大な景色をお愉しみいただけましたようで、大変嬉しく思います。  JRでしたら京都駅から10分、大阪駅から40分で大津駅に到着致します。京都・大阪観光にお越しの際はぜひまた当ホテルをご利用いただければと思います。  Nuwan D様のまたのご来館を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
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pam_i wrote a review Nov 2019
Howell, Michigan
We decided to stay near Lake Biwa this time while visiting friends in Kyoto. Hotels in Kyoto have become very expensive esp. near the station. Why not spend less and have a lake view. This is a larger hotel with great views from every room. We had a sliding door to the balcony which was superb. The view is wonderful, lots of nice photos, day and night. Breakfast is a nice buffet with everything western and Japanese style. Not much dinner choices, in house restaurants are expensive. Easy hotel shuttle to Otsu station (its a short walk if its not raining and you don't have big suitcases !) and quick 25 min. ride to Kyoto where there are many choice to eat a good dinner. Kyoto is a massive station with lots of people !
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Lakeside is best view!
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Response from Biwakohotel_keihan, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Biwako Hotel
Responded Nov 22, 2019
storyofpam 様  この度は琵琶湖ホテルをご利用賜りまして誠にありがとうございます。 お部屋からの琵琶湖の景色をお愉しみいただけましたようで、大変嬉しく思います。 JR京都駅から10分で最寄り駅に着きます。また京都にお越しの際は、天然温泉のある琵琶湖ホテルへぜひお越しくださいませ。  皆様のまたの来日を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
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Steve.J Goater wrote a review Nov 2019
Locks Heath, United Kingdom
all rooms face the lake and we had two of them. great view from decent size rooms. free bus from hotel to rail station every 15mins. staff friendly and helpful. good english spoken. good buffet service , nice italian resteraunt
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: the're all good
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Response from Biwakohotel_keihan, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Biwako Hotel
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Steve-J-Goater様  この度は琵琶湖ホテルをご利用賜りまして誠にありがとうございます。 ホテルからの琵琶湖の雄大な景色、天然温泉、お食事をお愉しみいただけましたようで大変嬉しく思います。  また季節により琵琶湖の風景も変わります。四季折々来日いただければと思います。 皆様のまたのご来日を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
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Caf92 wrote a review Oct 2019
Henley in Arden, United Kingdom
The rooms are very spacious with modern decor. The views of the lake by day and night are impressive. Breakfast is the usual buffet style with the addition of an omelette station. The hotel is let down by its public areas which are huge and lack atmosphere. The shuttle bus to the station is very useful.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Biwakohotel_keihan, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Biwako Hotel
Responded Oct 10, 2019
Caf92 様  この度ははるばるイギリスより当ホテルをご利用賜りまして誠にありがとうございます。 お部屋からの琵琶湖の雄大な景色をお愉しみいただけましたようで大変嬉しく思います。  また「ラグジュアリーフロア」にお泊りいただくと、ご朝食が和食の会席をお選びいただけます。また来日の際にはぜひお試しいただければと思います。  Caf92 様のまたのご来館を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
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PRICE RANGE
$102 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
JapanKinkiShiga PrefectureOtsu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
175
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Frequently Asked Questions about Biwako Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Biwako Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Otsu Lakeside Nagisa Park (0.08 miles), Otsu Festival Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion (0.3 miles), and Former Otsu Public Hall (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Biwako Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Biwako Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Biwako Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Biwako Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Biwako Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miiderachikaramochi Honke, Restaurant the Garden, and Kadoman.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Biwako Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Is Biwako Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Otsu.
Are any cleaning services offered at Biwako Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Biwako Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Biwako Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kiyomizu-dera Temple (4.8 miles), Shugakuin Imperial Villa (4.9 miles), and Daigo-ji Temple (4.9 miles).