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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

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Overview
Visit and experience a local village’s lifestyle and food culture where terraced rice fields, continuously cultivated for 1300 years, cascade down the mountains as far as the eye can see.

First, take a stroll to visit the local shrine while surrounded by the beautiful views with Lake Biwa glimmering far below.

The friendly and good-natured farming couple that hosts the mochi rice cake-making experience will welcome you wholeheartedly. They will demonstrate mochi rice cake making following the traditional method using homegrown rice. Freshly pounded with your own hands, they will taste exceptionally delicious.
Highlights
  • A great choice for visitors wanting an authentic local experience 
  • Learn how to make mochi rice cakes with a guide to translate for you
  • Visit local towns like Ogi that would be difficult to get to alone
  • Lunch and taxi ride is included
What to Expect
After meeting your guide at a pre-arranged spot, you'll travel together in a taxi to Ogi village, set in the Japanese countryside. You’ll learn about the local agriculture, as you walk through the rice fields, which date back 1,300 years. Understand the importance of Shintoism to Japanese people by visiting Ogura shrine.

A highlight of the day is visiting a local rice farmer’s house. You’ll be handed a giant mallet, and take part in a mochi rice cake making lesson. As you bash steaming sticky rice, it’ll begin to form into dough for rice cakes. You’ll learn about the local way of making mochi (with fermented soy beans), and you’ll also watch some other cooking preparations too. The local farmer will make sukiyaki (a type of hot pot with meat and vegetables) and tell you about local Japanese life. The tour will end at JR Ogotoonsen station.
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All reviews at home his wife sukiyaki host family rice highly recommend this tour rural japan fantastic experience memorable visit drinking tea their lives week trip great fun short train ride highlight of our trip shinto shrine japanese culture
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a great session. I really got a better understanding of the cultural value of rice in rural Japan and how important it is to keep small farmers farming. Saito did a really great job of explaining the role of rice pitched at a level...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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LakeBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi, thank you so much for joining us as well as posting the review for us. We also learned a lot from you and do hope to have an opportunity to visit your beautiful lake district to join an eco-tour one day near future. All...More

Reviewed 1 July 2019

This experience far surpassed our expectations! It was a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of the city to the beautiful countryside. The guides were excellent! The couple who opened their home to us showed us around their farm and fixed us a wonderful...More

Date of experience: June 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 taking time to write this wonderful review for us. We love our beautiful natural surroundings and are very glad to have had an opportunity to show you how we lead our daily lives including the farm-to-table style cooking experience. All the best.

Reviewed 7 June 2019

This was so much more than simply making mochi. We were met at the local station by our English speaking guide, Misako (married to an Englishman) who took us by taxi to a shrine close to the farm village. Misako explained all about the shrine,...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 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the details on our tour. Mr. Tsuji is proud of introducing our local culture and history and sharing the mochi making method with people from overseas. His assistants Kazuko and Sumiko are very good cooks and happy to accommodate people...More

Reviewed 28 May 2019 via mobile

This was definitely a fantastic experience. Having arrived on the train from Kyoto we first went by taxi to the local shrine. It was raining so we had the place to ourselves and the two guides carefully explained everything. It was a simple but very...More

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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 so much for posting your wonderful review. We also had a lovely time together with you, your partner and friends. Although what we offer during the tour is quite simple, we care about the details in order to make the most memorable day...More

Reviewed 27 May 2019 via mobile

Our family of 5: grandparents, parents, and 4 year old granddaughter LOVED this entire experience led by our extraordinary guide, Keiko Burkholder, first to an ancient Shinto shrine then a walk past rice fields into the rice farm of the wonderful Mr. and M rs....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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LacBiwa, Tour guide at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely comment on our tour. We all had a great time with your wonderful family and glad to know that your granddaughter loved our tour. Do hope she has a chance to be back here again in the future. Thank you...More

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