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Otsu

3.5
World heritage site · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto. Particularly well-known for its viewpoints, eight scenes across town have become particularly famous, often eulogized in poems, and depicted in paintings. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples offer some of the main places to visit in Otsu, while several museums tell the story of this former imperial town, which briefly stood as the nation's capital in the seventh century CE. Add Otsu and other destinations to your itinerary using our Japan trip planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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Hidden gems in Otsu

Fountain
Biwakohana Fountain
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Walking Area
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Komponchudo
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Ishiyamadera Temple
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Otsu

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World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple Nara
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Mountain
Mount Hakodate Hakodate
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Ise Grand Shrine Ise
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine Nara
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Popular things to do in Otsu

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Religious Site
Remains of Shigain-mon
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Lookout
Biwako Terrace
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Scenic Drive
Yumemigaoka View Deck
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Otsu

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Historic Site
Ritsuin Temple
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Site
Enryaku-ji Shakado
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Anyo Temple / Tachikikannon
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Otsu

Specialty Museum
Aqua Biwa
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Mitsuhashi Setsuko Museum
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Otsu Festival Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion
3.5
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Otsu City Museum of History
3.5
Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Otsu

Mountain
Mt. Bungatake
4.0
Duration: 4 hours

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