Cherry Blossoms at Miidera Temple.

Ōtsu (大津) is the capital of Shiga prefecture.

Enryaku-ji, a Tendai monastery located on Mount Hiei overlooking Kyoto, is the headquarters of the Tendai sect and one of the most significant monasteries in Japanese history. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)".

Get in

By plane

Ōtsu does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is Osaka's Itami Airport, but Kansai International Airport is an equally viable option. There are no shuttles or limosine buses from either airport to Ōtsu however, From Itami Airport you can take a limosine bus to Kyoto (¥1,280) or Osaka (¥490) and then continue to Ōtsu by train. From either airport, you can travel from the airport to Ōtsu by train.

By train

From Kyoto, take the JR Biwako Line from Kyoto Station to Ōtsu. Alternatively, you can take the Keihan Keishin Line to Hamaōtsu Station. From Kyoto Station, the JR line will be most convenient, but from Eastern Kyoto or the subway Tōzai Line, Keihan railway is the better option. (Sanjo-keihan to Hamaōtsu subway 410y / ~25min) Subway and JR station are distant of about 15min walk. Walk to Ōtsu SA is ~25min from JR station if you want hitchhike out.

By subway

The Subway Tozai Line connects Ōtsu to eastern, central, and western Kyoto. From Higashiyama, Keihan Railway connects to the subway from Sanjo Station (the subway station is Sanjo Keihan-Mae).

Get around

By train

Travelling around Otsu by train is quite convenient. The Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line connects each end of the city, so no matter where you are, there will likely be a station nearby.


Enryaku-ji Buddhist temple


Go next

Routes through Otsu

Osaka Kyoto  W  E  Kusatsu Nagoya
Osaka Kyoto  W  E  Kusatsu Nagoya

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