Travel Info

Where is Otsu?

Otsu is the surburb of Kyoto.

(From Wikipedia)

Otsu is the capital city of Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Otsu is known as the main port of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. It briefly served as the capital of Japan from 667 to 672 AD during the Asuka period (538 - 710). The city is home to numerous sites of historical importance, notably the temples of Mii-dera, Ishiyama-dera, and Enryaku-ji and the Hiyoshi Taisha shrine. Enryaku-ji is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)".

Mii-dera

Mii-dera

Enryaku-ji


Enryaku-ji

Hiyoshi Taisya

Hiyoshi Taisya shrine

Ukimi-dou

Ukimi-dou

Hikone castle


Hikone castle

Lake biwa

Lake Biwa

Photo provided by (C) Biwako Visitors Bureau

Useful Links

* Biwako Otsu Travel Guide

* Kyoto City Official Travel Guide

* Shiga Tourism Official Website

* Otsu Travel Guide - Wikitravel

* Shiga Travel Guide - Lonelyplanet

* Kyoto Travel Guide - Wikitravel

* Kyoto Travel Guide - Lonelyplanet