We had a very big room with four beds so that our kids could sleep in the same room with us. Nice view of the lake.
There is a shuttle service that takes you to the train station. Kyoto is only two stops away.
Traveller from Bosto, MA
On the southern shore of Lake Biwa, this contemporary 530-room hotel adjoins the Convention Hall Ohmi. The property is 1 km …More
Stayed for 3 nights and 4 days and I loved the experience. The facility was great (although the room's air conditioner was a little weak). The staff were very polite and courteous. They couldn't speak english that well, but they tried their best to be of service.
Their breakfast and onsen were fantastic!
I highly recommend it!
Btw this ryokan is a bit far from kyoto station (around 30 minutes). So please take this into account before planning.
Situated in Otsu, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kyu Chikurinin Garden, Hiyoshi Taisha, and Izu Shrine. Lake Biwa Bridge …More
First off, it was a great experience! The room was Japanese style with tatami mats and the futons were very comfortable (and I can compare it to a not-so-comfortable futon we had at our later lodging). We had the open-aired bath on the top floor so we had a magnificent view of the mountains and trees. We stayed for 2 nights but were out most of the days so we didn't really explore the facilities other than the first floor and bath area which had a sauna, outdoor and indoor onsen. We had the kaiseki ryori twice and I must say it was quite a surprise. The second meal was better in our opinion but only because the first meal had a lot of unique traditional Japanese dishes that we just couldn't really stomach. But our hostess, Matsumoto-san was absolutely the best! She tried very hard to explain to us what everything was, was very sweet and even took our pictures for us. We would go back just for her! Very sweet older lady. All in all it was a blast and we'd definitely visit again if in the area. The shuttle service was also extremely helpful. Just know that you have to call the shuttle to pick you up at the station (there's a payphone at the station for those whose phones are on airplane mode :P)
Traveller from Canada
Situated on a lake, this ryokan is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kyu Chikurinin Garden, Hiyoshi Taisha, and Izu Shrine. Kanda Shrine …More
Good and clean. The stuffs are friendly, polite and helpful.
Although it is located besides Minami-Kusatsu station, we need to incur ¥640 per person for a round trip to Kyoto everyday unless one owns a JR pass.
Traveller from Tan
Located in the heart of Kusatsu, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tatiki Shrine and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kusatsujuku …More
I came to this hotel with low expectations and was blown away by how beautiful and clean it was. I came in late, but the staff were quite helpful. Parking was easy and convenient too. Breakfast was amazing. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. I'll be staying here again.
Traveller from Brisbane, Australia
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Aeon Mall Kusatsu and within 3 mi (5 km) of Takebe Taisha Shrine …More
This hotel had the most room of the 4 hotels that I stayed at in Japan. It also seemed to be the most classy, and classically inspired. For example, this is the only hotel that I've stayed at in more than 15 years where the keys are still physical keys.
I had trouble with the WiFi, so I plugged in my router. It had trouble too, so I suspect that they were scrambling it. The hotel WiFi eventually worked.
I showed up for the free breakfast buffet late and without my ticket. They made exceptions for me.
It's too bad I didn't spend any time at the hotel, because I was too busy seeing the uncanny majesty of Kyouto.
The room was cheap, too, perhaps because I booked same-day.
Traveller from Canada
Situated in Kusatsu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kusatsujuku Honjin and Tatiki Shrine. Zenryuji Temple is 3 mi (4.8 …More
Excellent room, kept spotless by cleaning staff. Remember reading reviewer's comment re Carpenters musak - still there. As you only hear it whilst using the restaurant, might not get to hear all the tracks!
Direct access to Otsu JR station - 2 stops to Kyoto.
Restaurant reasonably priced, good food well presented.
Staff excellent, but don't expect any English, they have none, but we got by.
Traveller from Cornwall UK
Situated in Otsu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Biwako Hall, Honpukuji Temple, and Sekino Semimaru Shrine. Biwako Canal …More
Clearly more used to Japanese guests, this hotel does some things well and others less so. We stayed for one night to use the onsen (Japanese baths) and see the Otsu firework festival. The building is clean and well-maintained although the decor is dated. a few staff spoke English, most did not. When we checked-in we were taken through procedures by our traditionally dressed host who showed us our room and prepared tea. The room has a low table in the middle which was moved when we were out to make room for the bedding (futons). The baths were very clean and well stocked with product and the family enjoyed the onsen experience. We had booked a set traditional dinner and breakfast. Unfortunately none of the servers spoke any English, the at-table grills/stew flames took forever to cook anything and we never managed to get a glass of water. Tofu for breakfast was not to our taste but that is not the hotel's fault.
Situated on the Strip, this ryokan is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kyu Chikurinin Garden, Hiyoshi Taisha, and Izu Shrine. Lake Biwa …More
A popular beach destination northeast of Kyoto, Otsu is the capitol city of the Shiga Prefecture and sits on the shores of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Out in the harbor, enormous fountains spray high into the sky. Visitors enjoy hiking to the Enryaku-ji monastery on the summit of Mt. Hei, the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism and site of a battle between a shogun and warrior monks.