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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 yesterday

The day we spent in Shiga, with our terrific hosts, Hiromi and Keiko, was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. The town is delightful, and Hiromi and Keiko are kind, knowledgeable, fun and very professional.

Thank marciaandneil
Reviewed 4 days ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After many trips to Kyoto, we decided to venture outside the city and it was well worth the extra effort. Our tour guide, Keiko, was fantastic and lunch with the Hayashi family was unbelievable. Mr and Mrs Hayashi were super nice and friendly, created delicious...More

Thank 150beth
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 us despite the unfortunate weather. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed the day with us. Your YUKATA photo with your husband looks absolutely nice ! and we hope the homevisit will remain as one of the...More

Reviewed 14 July 2018

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

1  Thank TravelersCrisp
LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 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 14 July 2018 via mobile

What a personal experience we had. We were with Keiko and Hiromi on the first part of the day which is an easy cycling tour in rice fields and the side of Lake Biwa. Keiko was our guide on bike and Hiromi was following us...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Thank you so much for the awesome 10-star review! It was our pleasure hosting the tour for you. We also enjoyed talking with you a lot about our life and culture. We keep working hard to meet expectations like yours. Hope you have a chance...More

Reviewed 9 July 2018

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 11 July 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

Reviewed 24 June 2018

What an amazing and unique experience--my husband and I highly recommend this tour. Before we arrived, we were contacted by Tour du Lac so that our visit could be personalized to match our interests and tastes. We were met by our guide Misako at the...More

Thank LisaandSteven
LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time out to post this wonderful review. We are glad to hear that Misako was able to make your day a memorable one, and got our local small shrine's stamp on your Goshuin book. We hope to offer...More

Reviewed 19 June 2018

This was an absolutely delightful day. Our guide, Misako san was excellent. She obviously loves this region of Japan and was eager to pass along her knowledge. She has a passion to preserve the traditions of Japan and the Shiga region. Misako san took us...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Hi, mmason2018-san. We are so happy to hear that you spent a great day despite the "workout" before eating yummy Mochi...! We know the hummer is too heavy for ladies but it certainly makes Mochi more delicious. Misako is an excellent tour attendant and we...More

Reviewed 13 June 2018

My wife and I recently took a trip to Japan in which we did and saw many memorable things. But this tour was by far our most cherished experience. I won't go into too much detail about the tour proper because you can read about...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

We can't appreciate enough for your super review...! We are thrilled to hear that our simple countryside tour was the highlight of your trip to Japan. We all keep in mind that every tour is the once and for all experience for guests and would...More

Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

We took an earlier train to Biwa lake than the arranged time and surprisingly, Ms. Shino Sen was already waiting for us. She took us to a humble local shrine. With her story telling and a little surprise at the end, which I woold not...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so happy that Shino offered you a lovely countryside excursion. Mr. & Mrs. Kosaka are certainly wonderful host family whom we are proud of working with, and we believe their farm-to-table style Sukiyaki is far...More

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Lee G
28 May 2018|
Response from LacBiwa | Property representative |
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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