Otsu Things to Do
Bycicle tour around Lake Biwa ! Can be done in one or two days. There is a great volunteer organisation for international communication and exchange (VOICE) in Hikone that takes care of this once or twice every year and they have a lot of other tips too! Very nice people!
Fantastic site-seeing of Lake Biwa. Great accomodation at bungallows on the beach in Omi-Maiko town. BBQ at sunset, and sun rising from the water in the morning (if you wake up!!)Related to:
Otsu Off The Beaten Path
this is not exactly in Otsu, but is 40 min by JR train towards Maibara. Actually it is another city -called Hikone (unfortunately no listing!). The Hikone Castle is a 'must see' in spring (sakura blossom) or autumn (momiji leafs).
Favorite thing: take a boat from Otsu to visit the Biwako Museum (the lake museum), and surrounding park. (or U can get there by bycicle, on the lake side road, about 40 min.)
Fondest memory: Kite flying near Biwako...