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Ōtsu Destination Guide

Delve into Ōtsu in Japan!

Ōtsu in the region of Shiga with it's 298,164 residents is a city in Japan - some 221 mi (or 355 km) West of Edo, the country's capital.

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Current time in Ōtsu is now 02:43 PM (Saturday). The local timezone is named "Asia / Tokyo" with an UTC offset of 9 hours. Depending on your travel modalities, these larger destinations might be interesting for you: Yokohama, Yasu, Uji, Edo, Shizuoka or Matsuyama. While being here, make sure to check out as well. We encountered some videos in the web. Scroll down to see the most favourite one or select the video collection in the navigation.

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Japan cool tram

03:51 min ( November 26, 2011 by angelspringsTavio)
Views: 4,441 - Rating: 5/5

The Keishin Line is an interurban railway line. It runs between Kyoto City and Otsu City in Japan. It runs subway in the Kyoto city, Out on the ground and over the mountains, It reaches the tramway of...

Keihan district / keishin Line combinati...

00:48 min ( August 24, 2006 by kinmani)
Views: 27,226 - Rating: 5/5

Keishin Keihan train left the station goes into orbit Hamaotsu only run came on the road so far. After this run the ground station of Keihan Yamashina, Kyoto City Subway Tozai line to enter the underg...

[HD] Meishin Expressway

08:09 min ( August 02, 2009 by drivemovie)
Views: 7,397 - Rating: 5/5

8 of 10 65km 5:04 2:56 7:06 Google MAP : maps.google.co.jp 0:11 -- IC 1:00 -- IC 2:02 -- PA 2:24 -- 2:56 -- 3:22 -- IC 4:51 -- JCT 5:04 -- IC 5:56 -- IC 6:45 -- 7:06 -- SA 7:36

Lake Biwa Fireworks Show 2011 (

13:42 min ( August 10, 2011 by SunglassOjisan)
Views: 6,544 - Rating: 4.6/5

Sunglass-Oneesan shows you 2011 Lake Biwa Fireworks Show in Otsu city, Shiga Prefecture on Aug. 8, 2011. 2011 *PLAY IN FULL SCREEN!! This video is really beautiful! "2011 Biwako Dai Hanabi Taikai," or...

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International Conference On Vitamins And Natural Supplements

Beginning: 09:00 am (09:00).
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World Cardiology Experts Meeting 2019

Beginning: 09:00 am (09:00).
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Beginning: 10:00 am (10:00).
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TOTO Japan Classic

Beginning: 02:00 pm (14:00).
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Interesting facts about this location

Ōtsu Station

Ōtsu Station is a railway station on the Tōkaidō Main Line in Kasuga-cho, Ōtsu, Shiga, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West).

More reading: Wikipedia Article
Located at 35, 135.87 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 0 mi away.
Tags:Railway stations in Shiga Prefecture, Railway stations opened in 1921, Tōkaidō Main Line, Ōtsu, Shiga

Ōtsu incident

The Ōtsu incident was a failed assassination attempt on Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarevich of Russia on 11 May  1891, while Nicholas was visiting Japan during his eastern journey.

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Located at 35, 135.87 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 0 mi away.
Tags:1891 in Japan, 1891 in Russia, 19th century in Russia, Assassination attempts, Japan–Russia relations, Nicholas II of Russia, Politics of the Empire of Japan, Politics of the Russian Empire

Lake Biwa Canal

Lake Biwa Canal is a waterway in Japan constructed during the Meiji Period to transport water, freight, and passengers from Lake Biwa to the nearby City of Kyoto. The canal supplied Japan's first public hydroelectric power generator, which served from 1895 to provide electricity for Kyoto's trams. In 1996 the canal was designated a Historic Site. As of 2008, the waterway is not used so much to generate electricity, but rather for water supply, fire-fighting and irrigation purposes.

More reading: Wikipedia Article
Located at 35, 135.87 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 1 mi away.
Tags:Buildings and structures in Kyoto, Buildings and structures in Shiga Prefecture, Buildings of the Meiji period, Canals in Japan, Historic Sites of Japan

Shiga Prefectural Zeze High School

Shiga Prefectural Zeze High School (滋賀県立膳所高等学校) is a senior high school situated in Ōtsu, Shiga, Japan, within walking distance of Lake Biwa. The school has about 1300 students. Founded in 1898, its root dates back to a major samurai training school of the area. The school's motto is 'Jyungi-Ryokkou' (遵義・力行), i.e. 'travel an honorable path and industriously devote yourself to achieve individual aspiration'.

More reading: Shiga Prefectural Zeze High School homepage
Located at 35, 135.87 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 1 mi away.
Tags:1898 establishments in Japan, Educational institutions established in 1898, High schools in Japan


Mii-dera, formally called Onjō-ji, is a Buddhist temple located at the foot of Mount Hiei, in the city of Ōtsu, in Shiga Prefecture. It is only a short distance from both Kyoto, and Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. The head temple of the Tendai Jimon sect, it is something of a sister temple to Enryakuji, at the top of the mountain, and is one of the four largest temples in Japan. Altogether, there are 40 named buildings in the Mii-dera temple complex.

More reading: Mii-dera homepage
Located at 35, 135.87 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 1 mi away.
Tags:672 establishments, Articles containing video clips, Asuka period, Buddhist temples in Shiga Prefecture, Important Cultural Properties of Japan, National Treasures of Japan, Religious organizations established in the 7th century, Ōtsu, Shiga

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