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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

  • A great choice for visitors wanting an authentic local experience 
  • Learn how to make mochi rice cakes, with a guide to translate for you
  • Visit local towns like Ogi that would be difficult to get to alone
Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making
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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making
From $125.80

Immerse yourself in Japanese traditions with this guided tour of the countryside outside Kyoto. You’ll visit smaller villages that many travelers don’t see, and experience what life is like for local farmers. Learn how to make mochi (rice cakes), visit rice fields and a shrine, and hear about Japanese rituals. Your guide handles navigation and helps with translation, and included lunch and taxi fare make for a hassle-free trip.

What to Expect

After meeting your guide at a pre-arranged spot, you'll travel together in a taxi to Ogi village, set in the Japanese countryside. You’ll learn about the local agriculture, as you walk through the rice fields, which date back 1,300 years. Understand the importance of Shintoism to Japanese people by visiting Ogura shrine.

A highlight of the day is visiting a local rice farmer’s house. You’ll be handed a giant mallet, and take part in a mochi rice cake making lesson. As you bash steaming sticky rice, it’ll begin to form into dough for rice cakes. You’ll learn about the local way of making mochi (with fermented soy beans), and you’ll also watch some other cooking preparations too. The local farmer will make sukiyaki (a type of hot pot with meat and vegetables) and tell you about local Japanese life. The tour will end at JR Ogotoonsen station.

Reviews (45)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
So much more than mochi-making!

Our visit to the Kosaka's rice farm in Shiga was a highlight of our recent trip to Japan. We thoroughly enjoyed mochi-making but there was so much more to this tour. We began with a memorable visit to a local Shinto shrine where our excellent...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Memories for a lifetime!

Our family (11 people including 4 small children) just returned from a trip to Japan - and our experience with Tour de Lac's Lake Biwa/Mochi Making tour was one of our favorite days on the trip. Mr. and Mrs. Kosaka were incredibly generous and kind...More

Thank Jess M
Reviewed September 14, 2018
Amazing experience - Don't miss

The family is amazingly nice and fun to talk to. We had wonderful (and exquisitely tasty) lunch and a wonderful talk. You do feel and understand who they are and how it is to live there. Everything from the location feeling and the food was...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We really appreciate that you spent the time to write a review for us. Thank you for choosing us to be part of your holiday. All the...More

Reviewed July 14, 2018
Highlight of 2 week trip to Japan

My wife and I and our children, spent 2 weeks in Japan and spent most of our time in Kyoto with a couple of days in Tokyo as well as some day trips to Nara, etc. We loved the trip, but the most memorable day...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2018

We were so glad to be able to host the tour after the long rain. Thank you very much for your patience. We would have liked you to enjoy the tour at most so this great feedback means a lot to us. We hope your...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018
Magic experience, highly recommended!

We (my boyfriend and I) took the mochi making + lunch tour in April. This tour was one of our highlights in Japan. It was absolutely magic, a very beautiful experience. Even we had already visited many shrines and temples in Koyasan, Nara and Kyoto,...More

Thank Lorena S
LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Thank you very much for joining us and posting the wonderful comment on our tour. It was our pleasure having you as our guest. The mochi surely tastes great after the "workout" and the farm-to-table lunch with fresh vegetables are so delicious even for us...More

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