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Tour du Lac Biwa

Minami-funaji 4-1, Otsu 520-0588, Shiga Prefecture
+81 80-8944-5050
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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making
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USD 144.13*
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Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
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Healing Meditation, Yoga Session and Japanese Cooking Class
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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 experience using plentiful fresh local vegetables and rice through heart warming communication with our kind and 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 that quality of your tour. Discover and participate in the traditions of Shiga life in un-crowded, natural surroundings. It’s a great chance to see the real Japanese life amongst the beautiful countryside in Shiga. 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 in Japan. Tour du lac members who live by Lake Biwa, the largest and most unique lake in Japan, are looking forward to sharing with you while enjoying the life in these wonderful natural surroundings. We hope that we can offer a bridge between the tour participants and the local people for sharing and celebrating our collective humanity.
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Hours Today: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Minami-funaji 4-1, Otsu 520-0588, Shiga Prefecture
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+81 80-8944-5050
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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour, guided by our guides Keiko & Saori, was the most enjoyable portion of our trip to Kyoto. Pace was perfect to experience the lifestyle there and to also interact with our guides and warm hosts. There was no rushing from one place to...More

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was our pleasure to host the tour for you and your lovely family. We also had a great time with you sharing our common staffs and singing together...! Thank you for choosing the tour, we wish...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our time on this tour; the highlight is meeting an authentic farmer and making mochi. The tour starts with a trip to a local shrine in the forest. You get history of the ancient structure and then you are off to a...More

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thank you so much for evaluating our tour so highly. Your feedback is very encouraging for all of us who try to preserve our traditional local culture, food, environment etc. We are very glad to know that you still reminisce the tour fondly and look...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

For this trip to Japan, my husband and I wanted to include more cultural experiences, and not sightseeing exclusively. When planning our trip, my husband showed me the the mocha making tour offered by Tour du Lac Biwa. We like mochi and we were looking...More

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you so much for taking time to post such a lovely review. Your feedback is so encouraging for all of us including the caring tour conductor Misako and the adorable host Kosakas. The giant pestle must have been so heavy... but we hope you...More

Reviewed 10 October 2017

We both enjoy mochi and thought this would be an interesting side trip from all of our travels throughout Japan. This tour is much more than learning how to make mochi. Misako, our tour guide met us at the train station and first took us...More

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you very much for the wonderful review & the recommendation to our future participants! It is really encouraging and made us feel very warm & happy. We will also share the review with our dear host family, they will be glad to know that...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

If you are now planning a trip to Kyoto or somewhere around Shiga, please don't forget to save at least an half day for such a wonderful experience. We, 4 people from Taiwan, signed up 2 tours for 2 days. In our first tour, Electric...More

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LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you so much for taking time to write such a wonderful review on TripAdvisor! We feel greatly flattered at your compliment…! It’s getting cooler here in Japan, and Mochi does taste better when the outside temperature is low. If you have a chance to...More

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