Information about the Natural Onsen of the Biwako Hotel, a resort in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture located 10 minutes away from Kyoto

Lake View

Lake View

Biwako Hotel’s public bath is filled with natural hot springs said to alleviate neuralgia, arthralgia, cold sensitivity, and fatigue. While taking in the view of Lake Biwa, indulge yourself in a time of healing.

Open Air Bath

Open Air Bath

The feeling of openness with the mountains and lake ahead heals the fatigue accumulated in your body and mind. Spend blissful time gazing at the nightscape with the fantastically lit Lake Biwa Flower Fountain and pleasure boat.

Dressing Area

Dressing Area

Our clean dressing area has a free drink server and sofa for cooling down after your bath. The women’s room is furnished with basic cosmetics and baby bed.

Natural Onsen Information

6:00-10:00 / 14:00-24:00
*Hours may change in the case of inspections and other maintenance work.

【Facilities】 The men’s and women’s onsen each have a large public bath, open air bath, and sauna.
【Public Bath】 Body soap, shampoo, conditioner
【Dressing Space】 Bath towel, face towel, comb, hair dryer, tissue, swab, liquid soap

  • *Men’s Onsen: Razor, after shave lotion, hair tonic, liquid
    Women’s Onsen: Basic cosmetics (cleanser, lotion, milky lotion), baby bed
Remarks /
Important Notes
  • In room yukatas and slippers may be worn from hotel facilities, rooms, and Japanese banquet hall located on the 5th floor and above to the Onsen on the 4th floor.
    Yukatas and slippers may not be worn in the public areas from the 3rd floor and below.
  • Lockers with keys are provided. Please keep your valuables in lockers, guest room safes, or with the front desk.
  • Mixed bathing is allowed for children up to 7 years of age; boys and girls 8 years of age and over must bathe in the male and female Onsen, respectively.
  • Remarks / Important Notes
  • Do not bathe wearing underwear or bath towels.
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  • Rinse yourself with hot water before entering the bathtub.
  • Remarks / Important Notes
  • Do not put towels in the bathtub.
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  • Wash your body outside the bathtub.
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  • Do not use soap in the bathtub.
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  • Do not swim.
  • Remarks / Important Notes
  • Persons with tattoos are not permitted.
  • Remarks / Important Notes
  • Please note that the hotel will not be responsible for accidents or theft.

Information about Use

Acute illnesses (especially in the presence of fever), active tuberculosis, malignant tumors, severe cardiac diseases, respiratory failure, kidney failure, hemorrhagic disease, severe anemia, and any other progressive diseases
Neuralgia, muscle soreness, arthralgia, frozen shoulder, motor paralysis, joint stiffness, bruises, sprains, chronic digestive disease, hemorrhoids, cold sensitivity, post-illness recovery, fatigue, and health promotion
  • Bathing time varies depending on the bath temperature, but it should be around 3 to 10 minutes at first. Extend the time as your body gets accustomed to the water.
  • Keep your body generally at rest while bathing.
  • After bathing, to achieve the full effects of the Onsen, do not rinse off the hot spring minerals with tap water.
    (If you are prone to skin inflammations, wash or wipe off the hot spring minerals after bathing.)
  • After bathing, rest your body for a certain period of time, and avoid chilling your body.
  • Persons with advanced arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease should avoid high temperature bathing (42℃ or higher).
  • Be careful when entering hot water suddenly as it may cause dizziness, etc.
  • Avoid bathing immediately before or after meals as much as possible.
  • Be especially careful when bathing after drinking.
  • Do not drink the water in the bathtub or reserve tank.
Items Affecting
Hot Spring Water
  • The water is heated to maintain an optimum temperature for bathing.
  • The water is circulated and filtered to protect natural resources and for hygiene.
  • The water is chlorinated according to the hygiene standards of the Shiga Prefectural Public Bath House Act.