Otsu, City in Japan
General Information about Otsu
Otsu (Otsu) is a city and prefecture capital within Shiga prefecture in the Kinki region. Sister cities of Otsu are Lansing in the USA, Interlaken in Switzerland and Würzburg in Germany.
There is a fishing port in the city. You can easily reach the suburbs of Otsu by local rail services in 37 stations.
A famous person from Otsu is Yuki Ohta (born 1985).
Travel tips for Otsu
Top Otsu destinations for your sightseeing are the Mt. Hiei Enryaku temple (比叡山延暦寺) throughout the year, the Ishiyama temple (石山寺) throughout the year and the Onjo temple (Mii temple) (園城寺（三井寺）) throughout the year.
The Biwa lake valley (びわ湖バレイ), another great attraction where you can experience the View of Biwa lake (琵琶湖の眺め).
Culture and History
Cultural roots make Otsu tourism particularly attractive. The Mt. Hiei Enryaku temple (比叡山延暦寺) is listed as world heritage. National heritage respectively national treasure are the Ishiyama temple (石山寺) and the Onjo temple (Mii temple) (園城寺（三井寺）).
The oldest building in the city was constructed in the year 1096 and is named Main hall of Ishiyama temple (石山寺本堂).
Do you want to see fireworks in Otsu? The Biwa lake big fireworks (びわ湖大花火大会) with 10.000 rockets is popular. You can best watch from the Otsu harbour surroundings.
If you want to take a hot bath in Otsu, the spa Ogoto Onsen (おごと温泉) brings you relaxation and is also good for Beautiful skin. The address: Ogoto eria (雄琴エリア).
You want to eat well and enjoy a drink in Otsu? Soba (そば) is recommended by locals. The Head house of Tsuruki Soba (本家鶴喜そば) in Sakamoto 4-11-40 (坂本4-11-40) is popular. Another recommendation for gourmets: Omi beaf (近江牛). Matsugiya (松喜屋) offer this. Where? In Karahashi-cho 14-17 (唐橋町14-17).
Do you already own a souvenir from Otsu? You could buy for example Otsu-pictures, available in Otsu-e no mise.
Flowers and Foliage
The plum flowers from 03/01 to 03/31 and is the most beautiful in the Kanou Shoujuan Sunai-no-Sato (叶匠寿庵 寿長生の郷). Discover the cherry blossom in Otsu from 04/01 to 04/30, best in the Onjo temple (Mii temple) (園城寺（三井寺）). The maple trees changing colour in Otsu is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Sakamoto area (坂本エリア), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red. Start is around the 10/21 and the foliage lasts until 11/20.