Shiga Prefecture has the longest life expectancy for men in Japan and the fourth longest for women. We believe the key to this longevity lies in its food!
Cooking with a Japanese Grandma (One-day)
Slow down to allow yourself to absorb the rich texture of real country life in Japan. On this tour lunch is a special experience in the private house of a farmer living in a small mountain village of spectacularly-beautiful rice terraces.
Mochi and Chicken SUKIYAKI Lunch (Half-day)
Experience Japanese farm life while visiting terraced rice fields and an old farmhouse. Enjoy traditional mochi making and delicious Chicken SUKIYAKI lunch cooking instructed by a warm-hearted local host family.
Tea Ceremony in the Countryside (One-day)
Full day tour starts from cycling along the lake and then visit the Tea Ceremony Master's House to learn about tea ceremony style lunch preparation as well as authentic tea ceremony.
Later by taxi, visit tucked away village among the terraced rice fields.
Savoring Aromatic Japanese Green Tea (Half-day)
Savor the aromatic Asamiya Tea amid the magnificent tea plantations.
Known as top level quality teas in Japan, Asamiya tea farms make up one of the original Japanese tea growing districts with a 1200-year history.
Meditation, Yoga & Healthy Dishes (Half-day)
This unique Meditation & Yoga/Pilates session will leave you feeling totally relaxed and refreshed.
You will also learn and enjoy making delicious homemade country style lunch at a friendly farmer’s house using homegrown rice and fresh vegetables.
Walk with a Marathon Monk of Mt. Hiei (One-day)
Accompany a monk who has completed one of the most physically and mentally demanding challenges in the world.
Follow the route along which he completed his practice and be spiritually empowered by his presence.
Electric Bike Ride & Home Cooking (Half-day)
Why not visit a charming farmhouse and enjoy learning how to prepare delicious home-style dishes?
This course will take you along a beautiful lakeside road up to the stunning scenes of rice terraces using cool electric bikes that provide a refreshing and comfortable ride.
Lake Biwa Fishing Boat Cruise
Explore the beauty and serenity of Lake Biwa, the spiritual home and source of pride for us Shiga people.
Learn about the eco-friendly life and traditional fishing methods of a local fisherman while enjoying the magnificent mountain scenery.
Kimono Dressing & Photo Session (3-hour program)
Take beautiful photos of yourself dressed in a gorgeous Kimono by the largest lake in Japan! We will give you a gorgeous traditional Japanese Kimono dressing experience for your special holiday in slow local Shiga.
Japan's Last Roof Masters (Half-day)
This tour is a behind the scenes visit to a 100 year old onigawara artisan workshop where craftsmen have continued the ancient hand-carved tradition of onigawara roof edge tile creation.