slow life, slow food, leisurely tours alongside the tranquil shores of Lake Biwa

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 experience using plentiful fresh local vegetables and rice through heart warming communication with our kind and friendly local host families.  

 We offer programs where you can enjoy the beautiful scenes of Lake Biwa or terraced rice fields either by bicycles or by foot at your own pace. Other programs are offered where one can learn about traditional local culture and art.

 All the tours are either private or as part of a small group attended by a guide to ensure that quality of your tour. 

 Discover and participate in the traditions of Shiga life in un-crowded, natural surroundings. It’s a great chance to see the real Japanese life amongst the beautiful countryside in Shiga.

 We believe that our tours offer a real heart to heart cross-cultural experience, which will remain as one of the highlights of your trip in Japan. 


 Tour du lac members who live by Lake Biwa, the largest and most unique lake in Japan, are looking forward to sharing with you while enjoying the life in these wonderful natural surroundings. We hope that we can offer a bridge between the tour participants and the local people for sharing and celebrating our collective humanity.

Customers Reviews

“A wonderful day in and about Takashima”

My son and I had planned a special trip to Japan this spring. As we did research about things to do while we were there, we came across this cycling tour - and it sounded perfect. Let me just say - it was! The bike ride was very easy and casual as we visited some local shrines, but the real highlight was the time spent with a local family in Hata Village. We came away with a great appreciation for all the work it takes to not only manage a rice farm - but even to prepare a glorious lunch that featured local food sourced from Shiga. The entire staff at Tour du Lac Biwa made this trip so enjoyable - especially our tour guide Misako - who was wonderful. Thank you so much for helping us great some long-lasting memories as we experienced on a very personal, one-to-one level the special culture one can only experience in Japan.

gjscaven (USA)

Review submitted  March 2016

“The best thing we did during our 2 week trip to Japan! ”

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! Shiga is set in the beautiful Japanese countryside. My husband and I were met at the train station by Keiko who was our guide for the day. We cycled through the rice terraces, visited a beautiful shrine, went for Sake tasting and had the opportunity to spend time in the home of a local Japanese family which was just the most special and unique experience. The views of the rice terraces were stunning (even though it was pouring with rain!) and we just didn't want the day to end! Keiko was incredibly friendly and spoke exceptional English and was a superb tour guide for the day! 

I was very impressed with the communication from Tour du Lac from the point of researching and asking questions to making the booking. 

LoveHolidays_321 (England)
Review submitted  May 2016