07 Top Highlight
Top sightseeing: Mt. Hiei Enryaku temple (jap. 比叡山延暦寺), throughout the year
08 Top Highlight
Top sightseeing: Ishiyama temple (jap. 石山寺), throughout the year
09 Top Highlight
Top sightseeing: Onjo temple (Mii temple) (jap. 園城寺(三井寺)), throughout the year
11 Kirschblüte
Cherry blossom in: Onjo temple (Mii temple) (jap. 園城寺(三井寺)), 04/01 to 04/30
13 Herbstlaub
Autumn leaves in: Sakamoto area (jap. 坂本エリア), 10/21 to 11/20
15 Souvenir
Souvenir: Otsu-pictures (jap. 大津絵) Where? Otsu-e no mise (大津絵の店)
18 Nationalerbe
National heritage: Ishiyama temple (jap. 石山寺).
19 Nationalerbe
National heritage: Onjo temple (Mii temple) (jap. 園城寺(三井寺)).
21 Feuerwerk
Fireworks: Biwa lake big fireworks (jap. びわ湖大花火大会). On 08/08 2017. 10.000 rockets. Where? Otsu harbour surroundings (大津港周辺).
23 Gourmet
Gourmet: Soba (jap. そば). Where? Head house of Tsuruki Soba (本家鶴喜そば). Address: Sakamoto 4-11-40 (坂本4-11-40).
24 Gourmet
Gourmet: Omi beaf (jap. 近江牛). Where? Matsugiya (松喜屋). Address: Karahashi-cho 14-17 (唐橋町14-17).
25 Onsen
Hot spring: Ogoto Onsen (jap. おごと温泉). Effect: Beautiful skin. Address: Ogoto eria (雄琴エリア).
27 Weitere Besichtigung
Highlight: Biwa lake valley (jap. びわ湖バレイ). Experience: View of Biwa lake.
28 Weitere Besichtigung
Experience: Zip line.
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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.

Hot spring

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.