How would you like to enjoy a day off in the ultimate tranquility of the countryside as you take a leisurely cycle along the serene shores of Lake Biwa?
Using electric bikes that provide an effortless, refreshing ride, this course follows beautiful lakeside roads up to stunning scenes of stepped rice terraces. You will enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day as a guest of Kido Village, a traditional village located at the foot of the Hira mountains, just a short hop from Kyoto. This is a slow-paced, off-the-beaten-track tour in the countryside showing a different side of Japan, where you can visit local shrines and wander along village streets free of the tourist crowds.
Lunch is always a particular highlight of our homevisit tours, as you are welcomed into the traditional home of a local farming couple. Instructed by the lady of the house, indulge yourself in preparing a delicious Chicken Sukiyaki lunch (a vegetarian menu is also available) using the freshest local ingredients.
We hope you will join us on this tour and its feast of discoveries!
1. You still need to balance yourself when riding an electric powered bicycle.
2. The tour will be cancelled if the chance of rain for the date of the tour is forecast at 60% or more on the day prior.
3. This course is basically closed from December to March due to the strong wind and snow. However, weather permitting, we will host the tour. Please dress warmly if you wish to take the tour in winter.
4. Please understand that the itinerary may be changed without notice due to the weather, traffic and/or emergencies.
JR Shiga Station (Kosei-Line, NOT Biwako Line), about 40 minutes (10th stop) from JR Kyoto Station by a local train.
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 contrast of Lake Biwa, ancient local villages and the Hira mountain range.
You will visit stepped rice terraces with sweeping views of the lake. Meet local farmers and experience seasonal activities such as planting or harvesting rice and vegetables. It’s a great chance to learn about farming life in rural Japan.
Instead of the farming experience, we can visit a woodcraft workshop and gallery in the area as an optional itinerary.
*Reservation is required in advance. Please let us know when making a tour booking.
For lunch, you will visit a local farming family's traditional Japanese-style home. Savor delicious Chicken Sukiyaki with homegrown fresh vegetables and rice, prepared by you (with a little help)!
Chicken Sukiyaki is a holiday dish in Western Shiga especially for local festivals. Many of our guests become big fans of this salty-sweet hotpot. ※A vegetarian menu is also available.
You will also have the chance to taste local delicacies such as homemade salted plum or pickles, 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 we will 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.
A short program about one on our tours was broadcasted on a local television channel.
The narration is in Japanese however you can turn on English subtitles.
Please view the beautiful surroundings of Lake Biwa and spend an intimate time with our friendly host family.