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About Tour du Lac Biwa
Spend quality time with your family, friends or a special person at the tranquil lakeside which is a hidden gem away from all the main tourist's hot spots of Japan. On our tour, you can experience quality Japanese traditional life as well as cooking experience using plentiful fresh local vegetables and rice through heart-warming communication with our friendly local host families. We offer programs where you can enjoy the beautiful scenes of Lake Biwa or terraced rice fields either by bicycles or by foot at your own pace. Other programs are offered where one can learn about traditional local culture and art. All the tours are either private or as part of a small group attended by a guide to ensure the quality of your tour. Discover and participate in the traditions of Shiga life in un-crowded, natural surroundings. We believe that our tours offer a real heart to heart cross-cultural experience, which will remain as one of the highlights of your trip to Japan.
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Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces

Enjoy tranquil lake view and farm-to-table country-style food, during this 6-hour trip. Pedal past sights like Shirahige Shrine and the nearby ‘Torii’ gate. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take a scenic taxi ride to a mountain village in the nearby Hata district, enjoying a country-style lunch prepared by an ‘Obaachan’ (elderly woman), lively conversation and a chance to stroll the village's charming streets. A guide, bike and helmet, and lunch are covered.
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6 hours
from $232.32

Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

Immerse yourself in Japanese traditions on this guided tour of the countryside outside Kyoto. 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.
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4 hours
from $168.10

Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto

See a different, more laid-back, side of Japan during this 4-hour electric bicycle tour through traditional villages and scenic views near Lake Biwa. Let your speedy, battery-powered cycle do most of the work as you pedal along a picturesque lakeside road, admiring views of the nearby rice paddies as you ride. Learn how to cook delicious local dishes with homegrown fresh vegetables and rice. Menus are changed seasonally. Your guide, bike, helmet, and lunch are included.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $168.96

Healing Meditation, Yoga Session and Japanese Cooking Class

Slow down and awaken your senses with a meditation, pilates session and cooking lesson in Kyoto. Take a break from sightseeing and achieve a Zen state while an expert instructor teaches proper breathing techniques and relaxing movements at Jyuge Shrine, which overlooks serene Lake Biwa. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, learn to prepare a country-style meal at a traditional farmhouse and eat a typical Japanese lunch cooked from fresh rice and garden vegetables. Numbers are limited to provide a small-group experience.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $168.96

Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour

Learn about the roof architecture of Japan's traditional shrines and temples with this half-day tour, just a short train ride away from Kyoto. After meeting your guide, you'll get the lowdown on some of the famous tiled monuments around Japan, then enjoy behind-the-scenes visits to two renowned artisan workshops to see craftsmen at work. You'll finish with a visit to the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the roof of which was made by the aforementioned craftsmen.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $179.52
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Robin Little wrote a review Apr 2020
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My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting this charming couple who are traditional famers living in the hills opposite Lake Biwa. We enjoyed the process of mochi-making - quite energetic wielding the huge wooden hammer to soften the rice! Watching sukiyaki being made was
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from LacBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa
Responded Apr 23, 2020
Thank you so much for visiting us and posting the wonderful review. We hope you had a great time in Japan regardless of the virus. We are glad that your tour was before the situation became serious... Please take care and stay safe. Hope we can all ride out the storm soon.
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Dave F wrote a review Mar 2020
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My wife and I did a day-long tour of a tea farm near Uji with Keiko as our guide. It was a great day! We were able to see the tea leaves being harvested and then, later in the day, we saw them processed through many machines to make green tea leaves for consumption.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from LacBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa
Responded Apr 5, 2020
Hi, thank you so much for posting such a wonderful review on our tour. We are so glad that you enjoy the tea that you brought back! We believe green tea boosts the immune system so hope it works. We also hope you are doing alright and stay well and safe. Please take a good care of yourself.
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angela f wrote a review Mar 2020
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This tour was one of the most important experience we had in Japan. This tour and lunch gave us the opportunity to meet locals and to merge in the food and their culture. We had wonderful conversations about Japanese culture and way of living. The town and the Lake are
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from LakeBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa
Responded Mar 24, 2020
It was our pleasure and an honor to have had honeymooner as our guest! Thank you so much for you choosing us on your special moment of your life. We also enjoyed the conversations and the beautiful weather that you have brought in:) Wishing your life time happiness....!
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Discover61818923606 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a wonderful tour through the community’s Shinto shrine, and then a walk through the town before going to our hosts’ home to learn how to make mochi (SO MUCH FUN!!!!). Then we shared a delicious meal together in the congenial company of our hosts and guide. This was a
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from LakeBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa
Responded Mar 24, 2020
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so glad that you could join us and hope you had a lovely time here in Japan although many places must have closed down. Do hope you have a chance to explore our beautiful island again without feeling any stress. Please stay well and safe.
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Steve wrote a review Mar 2020
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It was a personal experience that let us connect with the people and the event. I wish I could say how emotionally warm and touching this tour was. My wife and I are very grateful to Tour du Lac Biwa for such a wonderful tour.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from LacBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa
Responded Mar 6, 2020
Thank you so much for your wonderful post on TripAdvisor. Tourism and its related industry have been suffering and we all wonder when this crisis ends. Your visit under such circumstances meant a lot for us and we can’t thank you enough for your kind gesture. Please take care & stay safe.
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