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Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces

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    Stop At: Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

    After a 1 hour scenic train ride from JR Kyoto station, you will arrive at JR Omi-Takashima station (Kosei-Line).

    Enjoy the lovely countryside and lake views.

    The almost perfectly flat lakeside road is ideal for a memorable bicycle ride. Feel the refreshing breeze from Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Shirahige Shrine, 215 Ukawa, Takashima 520-1122 Shiga Prefecture

    You will be visiting Shirahige Shrine, the oldest in Shiga prefecture, with its impressive view of a Torii gate standing in the water and a center of devotion for many local people. With many water springs, this part of the lake around the shrine appears particularly serene, creating an even more unforgettable impression for those who visit.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hata Rice Terraces, Hata, Takashima 520-1144 Shiga Prefecture

    After enjoying the bicycle ride, you will be taking taxi to the mountain village nestled in a narrow valley in the northern Hata District.

    The Tanada of Hata are authentic terraced rice fields where humans and nature have co-existed together over the centuries, and is a valuable heritage that has fortunately remained to this day. They are arranged like steps on the hillside between altitudes of 300m and 400m. When you look at the landscape with the old traditional mud-walled warehouse and old-fashioned thatched houses, you will feel a nostalgic longing for the tranquility of the old days. You can enjoy taking a walk to explore this neighborhood area after lunch.

    For lunch, you will experience making country-style food with a friendly "Obaachan," elderly lady, and have lunch in her private house. Filled with locally-grown natural ingredients, this healthy meal is the kind she has prepared every day. You can enjoy talking with her about Japanese country life.

    After slowly savoring each dish of the lunch you helped prepare, take a leisurely stroll down through the quaint country village, where life seems a bit slower and a bit more robust many miles from the nearest convenience store.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Jr Omi Takashima Station Tourist Office, 2245-5 Katsuno, Takashima 520-1121 Shiga Prefecture

    -Returning to Kyoto with fond memories.

    You will get a local bus to JR Omi-Takashima station. The tour conductor will accompany you to the JR Omi-Takashima train station for your return journey to Kyoto.

    Duration: 5 minutes
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    For the last 6 weeks, our family has been traveling. This tour was a respite from our very busy tour schedule. Our guide and host family went above and beyond in making our experience a true highlight and memory of Japan. It looked like our...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Amity C
    LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    It was our pleasure to have hosted the e-bike tour for your family. We also had a great time with you and were impressed by your very polite son who we believe will quickly master Japanese and be warmly welcomed wherever he goes. Please come...More

    Reviewed 22 June 2019

    My boyfriend got this tour as a birthday present after having seen it on Dutch television, and it was the highlight of our trip. Our guide, Mrs. Misako was prepared for everything, patient and very kind. The bike tour was a pleasant break from being...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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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 for watching the program and finding us. We totally forgot about the program until you told me (as we can't watch it here anyway...). We are glad you had a chance to meet the lovely old lady who was on the TV show....More

    Reviewed 31 May 2019

    My husband and I traveled around Japan for our 10th wedding anniversary and wanted to do something a little different. I found Tour du Lac via Trip Advisor and we couldn't have imagined a better day. Keiko and Hiromi were our guides and met us...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for choosing Otsu, Lake Biwa and us for your holiday. It was indeed a very cold day, but we also had a lovely time hosting the tour for you. We offer a simple but heart-warming program with our adorable host family...More

    Reviewed 27 May 2019

    Our group of six took a 12-day trip to Japan and we continue to talk about our wonderful experience with Hiromi, Keiko and of course Mr Tsuji and the local ladies. They could not have been more accommodating and provided an authentic Japanese experience. If...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank 13SMM
    LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for taking time to write this wonderful review for us. We were so glad to have met you at the station (haha) and enjoyed talking with you about the Olympic game (we missed the lottery...). Do hope this trip to Japan...More

    Reviewed 2 May 2019 via mobile

    Our group of 4 loved every bit of this tour from bike riding to visiting Mrs. Sawaii, the sweetest Obaasan you will ever meet! The food was amazing and the company we had was wonderful. Misako and Hiromi greeted us at the station and made...More

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    LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2019

    Thank you so much for taking our tour and leaving such a wonderful comment. We also enjoyed hosting a tour for the young people with a courteous manner and respect toward our local culture, history and the adorable grandma. It was really a cold day...More

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