Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Biwa-ko, Otsu is the main city in Shiga Prefecture, and once flourished as a post station along Tokaido Street between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Numerous historical sites and cultural assets, such as the Mii-dera and Ishiyama-dera temples are found in the city.
The city is laid out in a neat grid of streets.
Visitors also can enjoy a cruise on Lake Biwa-ko by taking a sightseeing boat from Nagisa-koen Park at Hama-otsu.
Off the shore of Otsu Harbor, one of the largest fountains in the world sprays out water in various shapes making a fantastic sight.