Welcome to the ビワ キホーテ・ウインドミル ! Let the awesome breezes off Mount Hira and the cooling waters of Lake Biwa provide that quiet escape you need from the crowds in Kyoto; refresh you between cultural excursions to World Heritage sites; and recharge you after full-on outdoor sport or hikes to see natural wonders. Not sure what you want to do yet? No problem! We’re here to help you connect the dots for a memorable and relaxing journey.
Inspired by the tales of Don Quixote, the owner-artisan sculpted the house itself with the idea that all living creatures struggle equally for survival. He named the house after the knight-errant Quixote himself, hoping that friends would find its creative, whimsical environment a relaxing and refreshing experience.
The Windmill Room is a bright, fully-equipped loft suite with a prime view of Lake Biwa. Elements from Don Quixote's great battle with the windmill (his imagined giant) and the interactive, turning, churning wall art remind you to take a playful look at your daily grind.
One guest entrance and hotel room key set is given to each party of guests. Friends visiting for the afternoon or until evening? No problem! You have an intercom button at the entrance so they can buzz you. All guests can use the car parking, covered bike parking and laundry drying areas.
Each of the five suite rooms (The Windmill, Quixote Castle, Sancho Panza Pension, Princess Dulcinea Inn and Rocinante's Stable) feature objets 'de art created to convey a specific character and theme from Don Quixote's tall tales. (Check out the other room details appearing soon on this site and see which one suits you best!)
Mount Hira is nestled well into one of the prime resort areas surrounding Lake Biwa. Natural hot springs, hiking and sport areas like Omi Maiko and Biwako Valley Ski Resort are easily accessible. We can give you some guides about local cultural and artistic hot spots to reach on foot or by slow train, or get you on an express train to Kyoto or beyond.
If nature, hiking and sport is not your thing, go ahead and set an aggressive tour of Kyoto for the day and leave it behind for the quiet, relaxing environment each night.
We can be as active in your stay as you like, allowing the kind of privacy and anonymity that you might need to get away and relax on your own or with your friends or family.
Note that shoes are worn inside the building's guest entrance on the second floor, but not inside any of the third floor suites. (Take your shoes off inside your own entrance area.)
Shopping and restaurants in this resort area are fewer in number and have more limited schedules than their counterparts in town, but we can help you stock your fridge, take you to a local convenience store or give you a tip for the particular day of the week or season you arrive in.
We are happy to pick you up when you arrive and drop you back to the station when you check out. During your stay, rides to and from the two nearest JR Kosei Line stations (Omi Maiko and Hira) can be arranged by request.
Extra help to book activities and help getting to and from, guide services or special meal or event requests are fine with advanced booking. A favorite end of day jaunt for guests hiking in Shiga and those hitting the high spots in Kyoto, is the local onsen (hot springs spa). It's just minutes away, but we're always glad to take you there and pick you up if you don't feel like walking!
(Please note that services beyond these are offered, but can affect your final charges. Please feel free to ask and choose what will make your stay more comfortable and memorable.)
- Please use slippers in the room and leave your shoes at the doorway.
- Take normal care of the room, make sure to lock it when you leave and drop service requests downstairs as soon as your need arises to give us ample time to meet them.
- The house, the floor of private suites and its sculptures and art were lovingly designed by the owner, his wife and their friends. Enjoy everything, but leave everything respectfully in its place when you leave.