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Getting There & Away

The JR Biwako line runs fast shinkaisoku trains five times a day to Hikone from Kyoto (¥1140, 50 minutes) via Ōtsu (¥970, 40 minutes); local trains run more frequently. If you have a JR Pass or are in a hurry, you can take the shinkansen (bullet train) to Maibara (¥2120, 20 minutes from Kyoto) and then backtrack on the JR Biwako line to Hikone (¥190, five minutes).