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Chikubushima

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Chikubushima

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Hayazakicho, Nagahama 526-0124 Shiga Prefecture
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Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto
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Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto

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Kinomoto is a charming old brewery town blessed by an abundant source of fresh water. As a former post station town of Edo era kaido routes, the town has retained much of its historical charm, without heavily catering to tourism, but rather sustaining its natural community and identity of local family businesses that have thrived here for centuries.<br><br>After meeting up at JR Maibara Station (shinkansen stops here), our guide will lead you on the 24-minute train ride north to JR Kinomoto Station. Here we will give a walking tour including 2 sake breweries, both among the 10 oldest operating in Japan, as well as a traditional soy sauce brewery. We can meet the staff of these family-owned businesses, taste samples, and aside the winter brewing season, if not busy, they'll often show us around the actual brewing area behind the storefront.<br><br>We'll also visit the large local Buddhist temple, a central presence in local culture, and local shops such as traditional confectioneries and bakeries.
$88.43 per adult
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Kwakaku wrote a review Apr 2020
Sakai, Japan1,690 contributions118 helpful votes
The Chinese character, xuan, has a profound meaning of the root of all things. In some primitive religions, the rocks, hills, or islets which had the shape of the character used to be believed to be the root of all things, or to be what gave birth to all things. Later, in East Asia, some of them were related to Sazu, and, in Japan, a few of them were related to Benzaiten. The Three Great Shrines of Benzaiten contains Itsuku-shima in Hiroshima Prefecture, Eno-shima in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Chikubu-shima in Shiga Prefecture. From Imazu Port in the Kohoku area, I ferried to Chikubu-shima Island. As the boat approached to the island wharf, I realized the island had the xuan shape.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Nikhil Ranade ロハン wrote a review Jun 2019
Tokyo, Japan175 contributions33 helpful votes
A day trip to Chikubushima is definitely worth the effort. It's one of the islands located in Lake Biwako, one of the largest lakes in the world. In terms of sightseeing, there're not a lot of 'touristy' things to do around Biwako or Shiga, but Chikubushima offers a nice view, a shrine complex, colorful scenery, some historic atmosphere and a good walking exercise. It's about 30 minute ferry ride from Nagahama, and you can buy the tickets on the day you want to take the ferry. When we asked for advance reservations, they didn't have that. The island is not so big, so you can enjoy a leisurely walk for about 2-3 hours and still see most of the island. If you're wondering what to do around Shiga/Biwako, Chikubushima is worth looking into.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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bkpkwok wrote a review Oct 2018
Hong Kong355 contributions165 helpful votes
Go only if you have plenty of time as the whole trip will take up about half a day. Ferry ride is not long, about half-an-hour one way and only a small part of the Island is accessible on foot, which could be completed in 30 mins. Be prepared to climb high steps for going up to the Main Shrine on hill top.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Frances S wrote a review Jun 2018
Osaka4 contributions1 helpful vote
It was so exciting traveling on the speed boat to the island. My son loved it. He was at the front of the boat on the way there and back of the boat on the way back. The island is very small and there was enough time to explore everything and have lunch in a little restaurant by the port. Lots of steps so not so good for pushchairs or people with disabilities.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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R Y wrote a review Apr 2018
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You must to visit if you are in Kyoto. Shiga prefecture is just few minutes by train from Kyoto, Chikubushima is most recommend place to go in Shiga prefecture. When you are arriving this tiny island, you may feel peaceful energy.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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