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.
If you have a chance to sign up for a tour, I would highly recommend you do so. We really enjoyed the time we spent at the farmers home, the shrine and the Onsen. The time spent with the family at their farm was simply amazing. We enjoyed making mochi and had a wonderful lunch prepared by the husband and wife. The town is beautiful. Our tour guide was excellent. The company inquired about our special interests so they could accommodate them and incorporate them into our tour. We opted to pass on the bicycle ride and took a taxi from the station to the shrine. Our guide was very accommodating ensured that all of our needs were met. Without hesitation I recommend Tour du Lac Biwa.
Review submitted October 2016
It's truly a memorable tour for me and my husband. Not only did we get the chance to see the beautiful countryside and local life of Shiga, for me it's like going back to my grandparents' home as my dad is from a rural village near Fukuoka. The highlight is of course having lunch and spending time with the lovely obasan at her charming farmhouse at the top of the terraced rice fields. The moment we stepped into her house, she made us feel so at home. She is so full life and curious about the world. Through talking to her, and looking at the numerous photos and drawings around the house, we get a glimpse of a hardworking and well loved life she has led. I highly recommend this tour to whoever wants to see the rural and quieter side of Japan. I must also thank our lovely tour guide Misako san who made our tour so enjoyable.
Akie H (Hong Kong)
Review submitted August 2016
Landscape photos: ©Biwako Visitors Bureau