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Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto

Kansai, Japan

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4 hours 30 minutes
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Adult(s) x (Age 13 To 65)
Children x (Age 10 To 12)
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  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Lunch included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Vegetarian meal option available


After a scenic 40-minute train ride from JR Kyoto station, you will arrive at JR Shiga station.
From here, you will ride electric bicycles at your own pace along the lakeside, admiring the beautiful combination of Lake Biwa, ancient local 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 were 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. You will get to pass through these local neighborhoods as you slowly pedal forward.
Meeting local 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.
For lunch, you will visit a local farming family's traditional Japanese-style home where you can savor delicious local dishes with homegrown fresh vegetables and rice, prepared by you (with a little help)! Menus are changed seasonally. Vegetarian dishes are also available.
You will also have the chance to taste 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.
After lunch, gently pedal back to JR Shiga Station, enjoying the breeze from the lake and reflecting on the day's events before returning by train to Kyoto with fond memories of a special adventure.


  • Use of bicycle and helmet
  • Lunch - Farm to table lunch cooking lesson
  • English-speaking local tour guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Train fee to and from JR Shiga Station
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

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Departure Time:
10:00 AM
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point
  • Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
  • Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
  • Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
  • Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
  • Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
  • Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
  • Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto


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