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    Stop At: Kyoto Station, Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

    JR Shiga Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of the tour. Meet our guide in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at 10:00 am.

    We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor) at 9:15 am. The pick-up charge is 4,500JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash to our tour conductor.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

    After a scenic 40-minute train ride from JR Kyoto station, you will arrive at JR Shiga Station (Kosei Line).
    From here, you will ride electric bicycles at your own pace along the lakeside, admiring the beautiful combination of Lake Biwa, ancient villages and the Hira mountain range.

    Villagers who live around the lake have depended on Lake Biwa as their water source from ancient times. The lake water was used for drinking, washing, bathing, and farming. Fish caught in the lake was also a major source of protein. Therefore, people naturally worshiped Lake Biwa, used its water with utmost respect and made sure they did not waste or pollute it.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Juge Shrine, 680-1 Kido, Otsu, Shiga 520-0514, Japan

    *The venue is near the shrine pointed on the map.

    Meeting farmers and participating in their seasonal activities such as planting or harvesting rice and vegetables offers a great chance to learn about farming life in rural Japan.
    Depending on the season, fresh vegetables that you harvest will be added to your meal at lunchtime.

    For lunch, you will visit a farming family's traditional Japanese-style home where you can learn how to cook delicious local dishes with homegrown fresh vegetables and rice. Menus are changed seasonally. Vegetarian dishes are also available.

    You will also have the chance to learn about local delicacies such as homemade salted plum or pickles that are completely free from artificial preservatives and utterly delicious.

    We hope the warm, touching hospitality you receive will stay with you as one of the fondest memories of your trip to Japan.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Kido, Otsu, Shiga 520-0514, Japan

    After lunch we will gently pedal back to JR Shiga Station, enjoying the breeze from the lake and reflecting on the day's events before returning by train with fond memories of a special adventure.

    Duration: 10 minutes
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    Departure Point
    1: Kido, Otsu, Shiga 520-0514, Japan
    2: Kyoto Station, Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

    Traveler pickup is offered
    JR Shiga Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of the tour. Meet our tour conductor in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at 10:00 am.

    We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station at 9:00 am in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor). The pick-up charge is 4,500JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash to our tour conductor.
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Duration
    4h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Use of electric bicycle and helmet
    • Lunch - Farm to table lunch cooking lesson
    • English-speaking local tour conductor
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Biwa
    • Entry/Admission - Juge Shrine
    • Entry/Admission - Shiga
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • JR Kyoto Station Pickup Charge
    • Round trip train fare between JR Kyoto and JR Shiga
    • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Station
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Participants must be 60 inches (152cm) or taller
    • You still need to balance yourself when riding an electric powered bicycle
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please inform us of the name of the hotel where you are staying and/or your cell phone number in case we need to contact you
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • A maximum of 6 people per booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    We have just spent the best part of a day with Misako on a cycling tour of Lake Biwa, which is just on the other side of the mountains 40 minutes E of Kyoto. Misako was informative, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. The town of Shiga is quiet and it was relaxing
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    Response from LacBiwa, Manager at Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
    Responded 30 Nov 2019
    Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was our pleasure hosting the tour and showing our beautiful natural surroundings around the lake. We are glad you trusted the person who recommended the tour and even recommend us to our future participants! Please take care! Misako & Tour director Hiromi
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    beautiful landscapes we drove trough with our bike in the morning. Later on visit of a shrine near the lake Biwa -ko . We had a wonderfull afternoon with a generous japanese farmer familly. This tour is a great experience if you want to escape touristic spots an see the
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    Response from LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
    Responded 6 Nov 2017
    Thank you very much for joining us. We were really impressed with you lovey sisters and your beautiful song...! Please come back to Japan again, we would be happy to show you more of what Shiga has to offer. Wishing you young ladies' bright future.
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    This bike tour was the highlight of our trip, we were met at Shiga train station by our guide Shino, our bike ride started by a leisurely ride along the banks of Lake Biwa ( the electric bikes are great) we stopped along the lake and met up with Mr Hamaguchi who has lived their
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    Response from LakeBiwa, マネージャー at Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
    Responded 6 Nov 2017
    Hi, thank you for posting the wonderful review. We really appreciate your joining the tour and still reminiscing about our adorable host families. The tour ended up with the strong wind, but it was such a lovely day. We hope your dearest mother enjoyed the photos from the tour. Wishing you all the best from Hiromi & Shino
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    About the operator
    By: Tour du Lac Biwa
    153 reviews
    taylorchasewhite
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    10
    An Unforgettable and Intimate Experience
    My brothers and I just spent two weeks in Japan, and this was our favorite experience. Simple, yet incredibly
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    emilyandjosh
    10
    Phenomenal Experience
    This by far was one of the most memorable experiences my wife and I had while traveling in Japan. We were
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    JJBangkok
    Bangkok, Thailand
    71
    Must visit
    I have been to Japan nearly every year for the pass 18 years, but It is the first time that we really get close to
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    markandhel
    Guernsey, United Kingdom
    167
    FAB day out!
    Well what a surprise this was on the last day of our holiday which turned out to be one of the best days of a
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    DavidSmallWorldP
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    73
    A personal insight into Japanese traditional life
    Our guide Saori gave us a deeply personal and touching experience of the Shinto effect on rural Japanese life,
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    LoulieMe
    20
    Unique experience
    Thank you so much to our knowledgeable and thoughtful guides Saori and Hiromi and also to our wonderful hosts, Mr.
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    TripReviewerNumber1
    Davenport, Iowa
    40
    Fun and informative excursion
    I thoroughly enjoyed this tour with guide Saori and mochi-making and lunch hosts Mr. and Mrs. Kosaka, who have a
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    Allan J
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    60
    We visited a local shrine, made hotpot together, lots of good food, tried Fosako-san's snake wine, and made mochih
    Our guide Misako was interesting and good company, and the Fosako family we visited were both welcoming and fun.
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    evaboo13
    San Luis Obispo, California
    10
    Local Experience with casual bike ride
    If you are looking to get your heart rate up and your exercise in for the day, this may not be for you. This a a
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    HiddenLakeland
    10
    Plenty still to learn from a tour like this, after 20 years living in Japan!
    I thoroughly recommend this tour, whether you are visiting Japan for the first time, looking for a unique insight
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    DGSkye
    Isle of Skye
    42
    Tea plantation
    This was the best day's tour out of a two week visit to Japan. Our guide Misako met us at the station and took us
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    delphine21420
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
    31
    A true and genuine experience of Japanese way of living
    If you look for true and genuine way of experiencing japanese lifestyle and meeting local people, then do not
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    David M
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    83
    Immerse yourself into real Japan!
    From the very start, our meet and greet at the train station, our guide Misako was incredible. This is a must tour
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    ianpriest63
    London, United Kingdom
    42
    Fabulous tour
    Our guide Misako met us at Kyoto train station and was a delight from the word go. We hired bikes and set off on a
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    747hannahg
    Battle, United Kingdom
    177
    Excellent way to learn about Japanese life
    We had a magic half day visiting the local shrine and then with a rice farmer learning about mochi making and
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