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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 tourists hot spots of Japan. On our tour, you can experience quality Japanese traditional life as well as cooking...more
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Minami-funaji 4-1, Otsu 520-0588, Shiga Prefecture
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We family of 5 did a 1/2 day cycling tour around lake biwa and a cooking session with mrs ikai family. it was drizzling , cold and our guide shino and hiromi are extremely kind they had prepared all the gear gloves,rain coat just to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for joining our e-bike tour. We worried that it was too cold for biking but the weather didn't bother your family at all! Our host family truly appreciated your questions and showing your interest in our life and culture as they...More

Reviewed December 1, 2018

It is more than a tour to Japan countryside or experiencing the fun of mochi making, it is a very special opportunity to meet and connect with the people. Our tour guide Shino and Emi are brilliant, and our host Mr. and Mrs. Kosaka are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for joining our Mochi making tour. Shino and Emi are so happy to have shared a wonderful day with you. We hope you fully enjoyed staying in Shiga and visiting less crowded, beautiful temples after our tour. Wishing your happiness and...More

Reviewed November 21, 2018

We loved this experience from the warm welcome of Keiko and Emi to the delightful couple who opened their home to us while allowing us to experience the hard work involved in making mochi rice. This wonderful insight into traditional Japanese ways should be high...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your feedback. We were glad to know that you enjoyed the day with Keiko, Emi and the amazing host couple who love to offer something beyond guest's expectation. We believe the Mochi & Sukiyaki was also excellent after the hard...More

Reviewed November 5, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking time to post the wonderful review. Saori was amazed by both of your strong Mochi pounding! and now is so happy to know that you had a great time with her. We are proud of our local culture and...More

Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

This tour was our absolute favorite and we have been in Japan for awhile now (20 days total). Shino, our host was very knowledgeable and sincere. She made sure we were comfortable, happy, and answered any questions we had about Japan and the surrounding area....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

Hello Mandy, thank you very much for taking time to post the wonderful review. We are so glad that you visited us and shared a lot of stories on your family. We hope you have another chance to be back to Japan and visit the...More

Reviewed October 29, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

Hi, Jess, Thank you so much for posting the wonderful review on our Mochi tour. It was truly our pleasure to have hosted the tour for such a nice family as you. Also, we can't appreciate more for choosing our tour for your niece's special...More

Reviewed October 26, 2018

This is the second time we have taken a tour with Tour du lac Biwa. We were so happy with this tour and found the craftsman fascinating. This is really a once in a lifetime opportunity that shouldn't be missed. It was a perfect day...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

Hi, welcome back to Shiga! We've all remembered you and were so happy to have another opportunity to host the tour. The proud roofers are truly amazing and we are sure you had a great time at their workshops. The beautiful & delicious Soba restaurant...More

Reviewed October 21, 2018

I cannot talk highly enough about this excellent tour. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us, and we’re glad that we made that smart decision to take this tour with Tour du Lac. I emailed to the Tour du Lac 3 weeks before our departure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

Hi, Ayse-san, thank you so much for your very polite review on our tour. We all realize that the tour would be your once in a lifetime experience so we prepare elaborately to ensure a quality time. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour...More

Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I took a electric bike tour of Lake Biwa and the surroundings with a wonderful guide, Shino. The tour included biking along the lake and through the rice paddies and town and then lunch with a local family at their home. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Thank you so much for posting such an excellent review! We also enjoyed attending your tour and delightful conversations we exchanged in which we found many things in common. We hope you would have a chance to share the recipes with your daughter. Again, thank...More

Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Excellent opportunity to learn about the craft and to connect with the master craftsmen and their families. Our guides were very knowledgeable and personable. We were very curious about where the materials came from and the methods used and the craftsmen were very open and...More

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

Thank you so much for joining our roof masters tour. It is such a rare chance to peep behind the scenes of the workshops which support the UNESCO class temples/shrines, and we are glad you fully enjoyed the experience with the craftsmen and our guide....More

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Hi. Thank you for your inquiry. If you have small children, why not try our Mochi pounding tour? It is a fun activity for both adults and small children. Also, we all help parents take care of their children and make sure... More
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