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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. Plan your trip to Otsu and other Japan destinations using our handy Japan sightseeing planning tool.
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Where to stay in Otsu

You'll find a scattered few accommodations across Otsu, primarily close to Otsu train station. The options located in this area tend to be fairly standard hotels, designed for businesspeople rather than tourists, with simple rooms, pools, and onsite restaurants. Closer to the lake, things get a little more interesting, with some more traditional guesthouses to choose from. Going anti-clockwise round the lake, you'll find some clusters of accommodations close to the primary attractions, such as hot springs. Then again, you can always stay in Kyoto and take a day visit to Otsu.
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