Two train stations on the JR Kosei Line have been renamed:
Nishi-Otsu Station (西大津駅) changed its name to “Otsu-kyo” 大津京駅 on March 15, 2008. This is an attempt to have people recognize that Otsu was once the capital of Japan.
Ogoto Station (雄琴駅) changed its name to “Ogoto Onsen” おごと温泉駅 on March 15, 2008. This is an attempt to get more people to visit Ogoto Spa. The station also has a free foot bath with hot spring water where you can relax your feet.
Changing the train station names cost Otsu taxpayers a total of 110 million yen paid to Japan Railways.