The hotel is located just in front of Biwako! Although you have to take a shuttle to get to Otsu station, it takes only 10-15min by a local train to Kyoto which is not so bad considering a good deal of this hotel.
I would recommend this hotel who both wants to relax at a hotel and enjoys for sightseeing Kyoto area.
Traveller from Calfornia
On the shores of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, this contemporary 540-room hotel adjoins the Convention Hall Ohmi. Otsu …More
This is an all-inclusive experience. The hotel itself is half an hour by train from the centre of Kyoto and is popular with Japanese who stay in the hotel to use the onsen baths. The baths are beautiful, and the private onsen room was a great option for us with younger children as they could have a Japanese bath experience before braving the shared facilities. We booked a package that included meals, which the adults enjoyed but our kids found the food to be a bit too challenging. The hotel has a very authentic feel and was a welcome and serene 24 hr break in an otherwise busy itinerary.
We had been trying to book a hotel in Kyoto but couldn't get anything decent. The Royal Oak kept coming up as a recommended alternative. Admittedly from the outside it isn' particularly pleasant on the eye, but inside the rooms were excellent and as we found throughout our stay in Japan, the staff couldn't be more helpful.
The hotel is only a short taxi ride to one of two train station from which trains run to Kyoto every 15 minutes - journey time around 15 minutes.
Beautiful location, and excellent facilities with sweeping view of Lake Biwa.
Restaurants in the hotel had 'package' all-inclusive dinner options or buffets, which was contrary to our habits. The breakfast buffet was very complete and a good choice.
We chose this Ryokan to have Japanese Inn experience and we certainly had it. Rooms, food and facilities very original. The food was great (dinner and breakfast) for the time we stayed in there. The hot springs are to die for. Clean and comfortable. We went to the Karaoke too and we loved it. In general we had a great Japanese Inn experience. The room is just what we expected with a nice private bath. Again very clean and nicely decorated.
We had a shuttle to the train station. That was a plus!
Traveller from Chicago
Satoya Mukashibanashi Yuzanso Ryokan is located in Shiga Prefecture. Tourists can explore local points of interests such as …More
Clearly more used to Japanese guests, this hotel does some things well and others less so. We stayed for one night to use the onsen (Japanese baths) and see the Otsu firework festival. The building is clean and well-maintained although the decor is dated. a few staff spoke English, most did not. When we checked-in we were taken through procedures by our traditionally dressed host who showed us our room and prepared tea. The room has a low table in the middle which was moved when we were out to make room for the bedding (futons). The baths were very clean and well stocked with product and the family enjoyed the onsen experience. We had booked a set traditional dinner and breakfast. Unfortunately none of the servers spoke any English, the at-table grills/stew flames took forever to cook anything and we never managed to get a glass of water. Tofu for breakfast was not to our taste but that is not the hotel's fault.
We are located in the Lake Biwa resort with Mt. Hiei in the background. You can fully enjoy the comfort of the resort.More
Excellent room, kept spotless by cleaning staff. Remember reading reviewer's comment re Carpenters musak - still there. As you only hear it whilst using the restaurant, might not get to hear all the tracks!
Direct access to Otsu JR station - 2 stops to Kyoto.
Restaurant reasonably priced, good food well presented.
Staff excellent, but don't expect any English, they have none, but we got by.
Traveller from Cornwall UK
Situated across the street from JR Otsu Station, this 12-story hotel is three km (two miles) from the Miidera …More
This is the nicest hotel room I've stayed in at this price point. The bathroom and deep soak tub were all glassed in with curtains for privacy. There were English options on the tv. The breakfast was very good and there is a 24/7 convenient store for late night snacks. Most importantly, the bed was excellent!
A popular beach destination northeast of Kyoto, Otsu is the capitol city of the Shiga Prefecture and sits on the shores of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Out in the harbor, enormous fountains spray high into the sky. Visitors enjoy hiking to the Enryaku-ji monastery on the summit of Mt. Hei, the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism and site of a battle between a shogun and warrior monks.
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