Biwako Valley is a suburban ski resort located in the Hira mountain range in Shiga Prefecture. Close to Keihanshin (Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe), it is easily accessible by car or public transportation, and is popular for the wonderful view of Lake Biwa that can be seen from the slopes at an altitude of 1,100 meters. In addition to skiing, it is a recreational spot that can be enjoyed throughout the year with seasonal flowers and various activities.
Otsu, the ancient capital of Japan, has nurtured a history of more than 1,300 years since its capital was established in the Asuka Period (592-710). As the outer port of Heian-kyo, Otsu became a strategic point for traffic on the lake and also prospered as a post town on the Tokaido highway. In the beautiful natural setting of the Hira and Hiei mountains and Lake Biwa, there are many temples and shrines that offer a taste of travel.