Otsu Port (Shiga Prefecture) (大津港 (滋賀県))
It was once flourished as a hub for waterway traffic on Lake Biwa. After its decline because of improvement of the railway network, it has been used for departure and arrival of sightseeing ships as well as bases for various ships operated by governmental agencies.
It is also provided with an annexed marine and a green space developed as a park and used for a wide variety of leisure activities
It was established as a main port for Otsukyo and used as a base of transportation on the lake.
Because of the transfer of national capital to the city of Heiankyo, it was flourished as an outer harbor of the capital.
Next year, Nagayoshi ASANO of Otsu domain collected ships of domains along the shore of the lake to Otsu in accordance with Hideyoshi's order. This became Otsu Hyakusosen (literally, 100 ships of Otsu) later, and it was given privileges concerning cargo handling at Otsu Port and so on from rulers in each age.
The first steamship in lake in Japan 'Ichibanmaru' went into service between Otsu and Kaizu. It was operated by Daishoji domain (Otsu Kisenkyoku [Otsu Steamship bureau]).
After 'Ichibanmaru' went into service, steamships of various operators went into service and the number of water routes was also increased. The number of operators and water routes for local routes in the southern part of the lake were also gradually increased.
Tokaido Main Line was extended to Hamaotsu Station.
Operation of railway ferry to Nagahama Station, to which railway went into service in the preceding year, was commenced.
Whole Tokaido Main Line went into service. Along with progress of development of railway network, transportation by lake declined.
Regular service of excursion boats was commenced and the port was restored as a base for sightseeing on the lake.
Harimaru went into service.
Michigan went into service
Large-sized floating pier
No. 1 pier
It is used by 'Bianca,' 'Shiga Prefecture Lake Biwa Floating School' and so on.
No. 2 pier
It is connected to the fixed pier. It is used by 'Michigan' and so on.
Medium-sized floating pier
No. 3 pier
They are used by governmental agencies and so on.
L pier (cargo unloading facility)
Piers of the marina (G-H piers)
Otsu Port marina
Revetment in front of hotel (J-K piers)
Dolphines and fuel supply facilities and so on for pleasure boats
Terminal building for passengers
One of the world's largest fountains provided on the breakwater (quadruple, 450-meter wide) in front of Symbol green space
Main water routes
For more information on water routes and ships, refer to section of Biwako Kisen.
Otsu Port -> Otsu Prince Hotel Port -> (Sightseeing cruise) -> Otsu Port
Otsu Port -> Okishima Island -> Chikubujima Island -> Nagahama Port (Shiga Prefecture) -> Otsu Port
Connecting service to other water routes (Otsu Prince Hotel Port - Otsu Port - Ogoto Onsen Port, Kusatsu Karasuma Hanto Port and so on)
Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival
Hamaotsu Station, Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line, Keihan Electric Railway
Approximately three minutes on foot
Otsu Station, Biwako Line, West Japan Railway Company
Approximately five minutes ride by bus, and get off at Hamaotsu Bus Stop
Nakagawa Bijutsukan Mushian
Museum of Shiga Prefecture, Biwako Bunkakan
Nagisa Koen Park (Otsu City)