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OSTU CIVIC HALL

When you visit Otsu take advantage of a free Japanese tutor! Classes range from beginner to advance so don't worry about being an expert. Located near Lake Biwa and a handful of lakefront restaurants, Otsu Civic Hall has a great location. Yamada San is director of the program. Please email him if you're interested! (s-yamada@jewel.ocn.ne.jp)...

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Kyoto Cat Cafe - Cafe Wan Nyan Chu Two

One thing that I had been wanting to do while in Japan was go to a cat cafe, and it turns out there is one very close to our home in Otsu! Taking the Keihan line from Hamaotsu to Sanjo station in Kyoto and a quick walk brings you to Cafe犬猫人2 (read as wan nyan chu two). We had originally planned on going to the first cafe, but they were too full. They gave us an easy to understand map on how to...

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Biwako Hotel - New Italian Cuisine Now Open

Situated on the shores of Lake Biwa, the Biwako Hotel offers not only a great view, nice place to sleep and relax, but also some fine dining. If you're in the mood for some authentic Italian food, sometimes with a twist, Bel Lago is the way to go....

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HIKING SHIGA VALLEY!

A paradise for hikers and adventurers alike. Even if you don't enjoy walking the natural footpaths that race across the mountains, there are a a couple methods of access to the top.Jacob Thompson...

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AOI Matsuri Festival

If you’re interested in ancient Japanese culture then this festival is a must see attraction! I really enjoyed the beautiful procession. There were people literally from all over the world. This annual event is held in Kyoto, right on the outskirts of Otsu. It's held in mid-May so the weather is perfect!-Prince Jerold Spann...

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AQUAS THE ARCADE!

Aquas is located right off the shores of Lake Biwa. It is a family oriented environment that’s full of activities, ranging from karaoke and bowling to a variety of arcade games and a movie theatre! It’s a great place to start the day or end the evening!-Dominic Verardi...

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