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Ogoto Onsen In Shiga Prefecture Is A Breathtaking Onsen location To Visit!

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Ogoto Onsen is in Shiga Prefecture, on the West side of Lake Biwa. It is a beautiful location, which is part of Mount Hiei. The Ogoto Onsens are known for their healing properties and attract many tourists, as much local as international. It is a great place to go skiing, do watersports, and finally relax in the healing hot spring baths!

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Ogoto Onsen おごと温泉

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Ogoto Onsen is in Shiga Prefecture, on the West side of Lake Biwa. It is a beautiful location, which is part of Mount Hiei. The Ogoto Onsens are known for their healing properties and attract many tourists!
The hot spring has very alkaline water, which can help heal neuralgia, muscle pain, and exhaustion!

Onsen Price

If you are staying overnight, you will have access to your hotel's or ryokan's onsen facilities. However, if you are doing a day trip, some hotels let non-staying guests access the hot spring baths as well. It can vary between 500-2,000 yen.

Access

<By train>

-From Tokyo Station:
The journey takes around 3 hours. You have to take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station. From there, you switch to the JR Kosei Line until you reach the JR Ogoto-Onsen Station. Then you can grab a free shuttle that will bring you directly to your hotel.

-From Osaka Station: It takes about an hour. You have to take the JR Kosei Line until JR Kyoto Station, you then continue on the JR Kosei Line in direction to JR Ogoto-Onsen Station.

-From Kyoto Station: It takes only about 20 minutes. You take the JR Kosei Line to JR Ogoto-Onsen Station.

Attractions

Since the area is beside a lake and part of Mount Hiei, it is a gorgeous location to do outdoor sports. At the Biwako Valley, you can slide down the slopes while having a gorgeous view of Lake Biwa.
You can also do watersports, such as fresh water rafting, yacht windsurfing, canoeing, etc. They are really nice activities for friends or families!
If you're looking for a more traditional Japanese experience, you can visit one of the many temples in the area. Such as the Hiezan Enryajuji temple, which is the place for praying for world peace, or the Mangetsuji temple, which was originally built during the Heian period, but was rebuilt to resemble the original building.

Accomodations

Yumotokan Ryokan

https://www.yumotokan.co.jp/
Yumotokan is a gorgeous hotel with a breathtaking view of Biwa lake! The hotel as seven hot springs! The most impressive one is the indoor one which has a view of the lake. The open-air baths are so relaxing; as the cold air is tingling your skin, your body is heated up by the hot healing spring water.
They offer Western style or Japanese style rooms.
https://www.yumotokan.co.jp
2-30-7, Nouka, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

Biwako Ryokusutei

https://ryokusuitei.com/
Biwako Ryokusuitei is a traditional Japanese inn which is also beside Lake Biwa. The hotel offers both indoor and outdoor baths, and some rooms come with an open-air bath on the private balcony. I don't think it gets any more romantic than that!
They also offer Japanese and Western rooms.
https://ryokusuitei.com/
http://ryokusuitei.com
6-1-6, Ogoto, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

Finally...

Ogoto Onsen is a beautiful place to visit in Shiga Prefecture. There are wonderful onsens with healing properties, lovely ryokans to stay at, as well as many outdoor activities in the area. If you're looking to have a wonderful and relaxing vacation, you need to visit this place at least once in your life!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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