Easy access to Kyoto and Osaka, convenient location for commuting to work or school.
On holidays, you can cycle along the lake shore and walk around Nagisa Park.
Spend elegant time and enjoy daily life by Lake Biwa.
（Left）Otsu Pier - Sunrise （Top）Otsu Nagisa park （Bottom）Otsu Pier - Evening
Rows of cherry blossom trees along the lake canal where petals dance in the spring breeze.
A midsummer night when the glowing water surface sways with colorful fireworks.
Autumn leaves of the shrines and temples, and the mountain terrains covered in snow.
（Top）Biwako Canal in Spring （Bottom）Nagara Temple in Autumn （Right）Biwako Fireworks
Renovated townhouses that combine old-fashioned taste and comfort.
In the streets of Otsu with history and culture
that are meant to be passed on to the next generation.
（Left）Otsu Machiya by Lake Biwa Canal （Top） Old Tokaido Cityscape （Bottom）Miidera Otsu Machiya
From JR Otsu station, it takes about 9 minutes to Kyoto Station by JR, and about 39 minutes to Osaka Station by limited express train. Imaging working in the city on weekdays and spend your holidays relaxing at a house by Lake Biwa. It is a location where you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
If you prefer to spend your holidays being surrounded by nature and history, it is a good idea to visit places like Ohmihachiman or Hikone on the east side of Lake Biwa. Of course, you can also visit large shopping malls in Kusatsu and Moriyama with family.
The downtown neighborhood, which was once a thriving post town on the Tokaido, still has plenty of machiya townhouses and old townscapes. There is a long shopping arcade in the center with various of old and new shops.Click Here
The lakeside area has been improved in recent years thanks to the city planning of Otsu City. There is the "Nagiza Park" along the lakeshore and "Ninohama" where new shops can be found. You can take a stroll or jog while enjoying the scenery of Lake Biwa.Click Here
There are many famous spots for cherry blossoms such as Miidera temple and along the Biwako canal. The Sanno Festival, which is known as one of the Three Great Festivals of Shiga, is also a spring tradition.Event list
|Mar||Canal Cruise||Biwako Canal|
|Apr||Sanno Festival||Hiyoshi Taisha|
|May||Aooni Festival||Ishiyama Temple|
The largest fireworks display in the Kansai region, Lake Biwa Fireworks Display, can be seen right from your house. The traditional event of Omi Jingu Shrine is also held in early summer.Event list
|Jun||Horseback Archery||Ohmi Jingu|
|Aug||Biwako Fireworks||Otsu Pier|
The Otsu Matsuri, a festival that inherits the atmosphere of Gion Festival in Kyoto, is a big event during autumn. You can also enjoy autumn leaves spots such as Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Omi Shrine that are being illuminated at night.Event list
|Sept||Shugetsusai Festival||Ishiyama Temple|
|Oct||Otsu Festival||Downtown Otsu|
Winter illumination can be found in various places, while shrines and temples have Hatsumode, bells of the night, and the Setsubun festival. There is also the Biwako Valley ski resort where you can visit during winter.Event list
|Dec||New Year Bell||Miidera Temple|
|Jan||Karuta Festival||Ohmi Jingu|
|Feb||Plum Viewing||Ishiyama Temple|
Back in Edo period, Otsu on the foot the Miidera temple once thrived as a major port town and post town on the Tokaido road. The area was called Otsu Hyakucho where many traditional buildings such as machiya townhouses and old folk houses were built.
While many machiya houses in Kyoto were burned down by the great fire at the end of the Edo period, Otsu on the other hand has rarely been hit by disasters, and that is why many of the Otsu townhouses still have the characteristics of those built in the late Edo period.
However, due to the wave of modernization after the war, the townhouses were destroyed, and due to the declining birthrate and aging population, 10% of the approximately 1,500 townhouses in the city center are now vacant. On the bright side, in recent years, they has been regenerated into cafes and guest houses with the hope to revitalize the local neighborhood.
At Hachise, while we retain the design and features of a traditional machiya, we also try to refurbish them to fit modern lifestyle. We renovated several Otsu machiyas hoping that they can be used as a residence for a long time. We hope the beauty of aging and the wisdom of traditional living can still be passed on to the future generations.
Why not go for a lifestyle inside these renovated machiya townhouse in Otsu that combine old-fashioned taste and comfort?
About 9 minutes walk to the lakeside road where you can feel the ripples of Lake Biwa. The exterior of this historical machiya townhouse has been preserved nicely. In addition, the light coming in from the veranda on the second floor gently falls through the lattice floor.
The wooden lattice and ink black exterior wall gives this otsu machiya an exceptionally elegant and mature atmosphere. When you look west from the front road, you can see the torii gate of Nagara Shrine at the foot of Miidera. It is close to the entrance of the Nagara shopping street, making it convenient for everyday shopping.
About 3 minutes walk from "Miidera Station" on the Keihan Ishiyama Main Line. Both machiyas are equipped with cold air and heat insulation measures with paired glass, dishwasher, floor heating. The school district elementary schools and large hospitals are nearby, making it a great candidate for families with kids.
The beauty of this machiya comes from the wooden beams, antique furnitures, mud walls, and lattices. Each of them reflected the skill and thoughtfulness of the designers and craftsmen. On the second floor is a spacious bedroom facing south. In the morning, the room is illuminated by gentle sunlight. At night, it transforms into a calm and elegant space.
Since 1956, Hachise has been taking part of Kyoto's city development as a real estate firm. Now, we focus on traditional Japanese machiya townhouses, to give them new concepts and new lives through renovation. These old houses can be reborn to give the neighborhood more energy and help keep the overall scenery of the city. Our goal is to help you match with these machiyas in Kyoto and Otsu, and to keep the beautiful cityscape everlasting. >>Learn more about Hachise
＜Machiya renovations in the past＞