Directors


Tour du Lac Biwa Directors
Emi Yoshida (Planning Manager, Left) & Hiromi Kawaguchi (Director, Right)

Three years has passed since we started to host small tours on the west side of Lake Biwa, Shiga prefecture. With your warm help, we were blessed to receive so many wonderful guests from around the world. 

 

 Our tours are focused on experiencing and learning about local people and their culture through activities such as farm to table cooking with the elders of beautiful villages and visiting a quiet local shrine to feel the belief of the inhabitants. We were honored to receive numerous local awards for offering tours that are unique and original. 

 

However, in this day and age, it is truly a great challenge to preserve those beautiful countryside sceneries that so charm us. Mountain villages are suffering from decreasing populations and, subsequently, abandoned fields increase each year. 

 

 It is immeasurable how much history and culture are lost once a house, a village or a field are forgotten. As we know, in many cases, local wisdom handed down over generations is far more sophisticated than many modern technologies.

 

 You choosing to visit this area and finding value in the life of the locals provides us with an opportunity to rethink how and why we need to continue making efforts to keep the environment, history and culture that gives them the pride to value their way of life. Therefore, we would like to offer our sincere thankfulness for choosing to spend a day with us in a small countryside village instead of visiting a famous tourist attraction.

  We wish to remain a socially and ecologically responsible tour company. It is our great pleasure to receive many comments from our guests that the tour they have taken with us was the highlight of their trip to Japan. 

 

 We would like to extend our invitation to you all to spend an unforgettable day in this beautiful Shiga prefecture and for this we will continue to make great efforts. 

 We are eagerly awaiting your visit.

Hiromi Kawaguchi (Director)

Your tour conductors

Tour du lac tour conductor Keiko Burkholder

Keiko Burkholder

Hello ! I'm Keiko. I live on the West side of Lake Biwa and really enjoy the nature here.  

I can present energy breathing & meditation workshops on the beach by request. Your energy will be revitalized and you'll feel completely refreshed.

Tour du lac has many unique and heart-warming tours. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Misako Deegan

 Hi, I'm Misako Deegan. I am a very experienced Hair stylist & Make-up artist for brides as well. I am happy to assist you in the correct way to wear a Japanese Kimono for a very special experience; Kimono dressing & Lakeside Photo Session.  

 I am most happy to show you around this lovely area of rural Japan in Shiga. You will meet charming local farmers and receive their warm and generous hospitality.

 Looking forward to seeing you in Shiga!


Shino Matsumoto S.

 Warm greetings! My name is Shino. I was born into a Sento

(public bathhouse) family in Tokyo but have lived in and loved Shiga and Kyoto for the last 14 years.

 I am a Certified Guide and eager to assist you in coming to understand Japan, its culture and people. Also, having worked

for an environmental NGO, I am passionate about environmental and social issues. It is my pleasure to be part of your trip to Japan and I will surely do my best to make your visit an extra-special one..!

saori okada

 Hello! My name is Saori.

 I and my family moved to this beautiful area surrounded by mountains and the lake and are enjoying everyday living.  Normally, I am teaching pottery at a school for special needs children. I would love you to see and experience people's life based on the wisdom of life and Japan's unique culture. I can guarantee that you will come to like Japan more and more as you learn about it!

 


Cover photo: ©Biwako Visitors Bureau