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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

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Immerse yourself in the rhythms and traditions of life in a Japanese village during this visit to the town of Ogi, including a ‘mochi’-making lesson (Japanese rice cakes). Walk amidst the terraced rice fields of this picturesque town, discovering its more than 1,300 years of rice farming history. Then visit the home of a local farmer, learning the techniques to make ‘mochi’ while enjoying the warm hospitality of this friendly resident and his wife. A guide, plus lunch, and mochi class are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$138.65
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Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces

Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces

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Enjoy tranquil lake view and farm-to-table country-style food, during this 6-hour trip. Pedal past sights like Shirahige Shrine and the nearby ‘Torii’ gate. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take a scenic taxi ride to a mountain village in the nearby Hata district, enjoying a country-style lunch prepared by an ‘Obaachan’ (elderly woman), lively conversation and a chance to stroll the village's charming streets. A guide, bike and helmet, and lunch are covered.
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  • 6 hours
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$191.64
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Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour

Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour

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Learn about the roof architecture of Japan's traditional shrines and temples with this half-day tour, just a short train ride away from Kyoto. After meeting your guide, you'll get the lowdown on some of the famous tiled monuments around Japan, then enjoy behind-the-scenes visits to two renowned artisan workshops to see craftsmen at work. You'll finish with a visit to the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the roof of which was made by the aforementioned craftsmen.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$148.08
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Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto

Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto

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See a different, more laid-back, side of Japan during this 4-hour electric bicycle tour through traditional villages and scenic views near Lake Biwa. Let your speedy, battery-powered cycle do most of the work as you pedal along a picturesque lakeside road, admiring views of the nearby rice paddies as you ride. Learn how to cook delicious local dishes with homegrown fresh vegetables and rice. Menus are changed seasonally. Your guide, bike, helmet, and lunch are included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$139.37
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Small-Group Virtual Tour of Takashima

Small-Group Virtual Tour of Takashima

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In our virtual tour, we provide several topics to know more about the Japanese countryside and its life, beliefs, rituals, and respect for nature. We also make some demonstrations of Japanese traditional music, song, and/or dance. After this virtual tour, you might want to visit our beautiful countryside, Takashima.
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  • 1 hour
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Backroads Exploring Japan’s Rural Life & Nature: Half-Day Bike Tour Near Kyoto

Backroads Exploring Japan’s Rural Life & Nature: Half-Day Bike Tour Near Kyoto

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Just a 20 minute shinkansen ride from Kyoto to our starting point, we offer an easy way to explore small town rural life in Japan on this leisurely beginner-friendly ride, with a local resident guide, fluent in English, to help you enjoy our area’s unique geographical and historical points of interest. This 13km course features a broad range of sights such as rice and agriculture fields, historic trade routes, local villages combining old and new ways of life, a temple and shrine, a brief hike, and the shores of Lake Biwa, all in about 3 hours. In our tours, we hope to both share and preserve our local culture and traditions. Toward this goal, we also work closely with municipalities and residents to ensure that we always respect the wishes and needs of the local communities that we visit. Our convenient location and short tour time make it easy to explore more before or after your tour too, such as visiting Hikone Castle, or Lake Biwa!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$71.94
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Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto

Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto

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Kinomoto is a charming old brewery town blessed by an abundant source of fresh water. As a former post station town of Edo era kaido routes, the town has retained much of its historical charm, without heavily catering to tourism, but rather sustaining its natural community and identity of local family businesses that have thrived here for centuries. After meeting up at JR Maibara Station (shinkansen stops here), our guide will lead you on the 24-minute train ride north to JR Kinomoto Station. Here we will give a walking tour including 2 sake breweries, both among the 10 oldest operating in Japan, as well as a traditional soy sauce brewery. We can meet the staff of these family-owned businesses, taste samples, and aside the winter brewing season, if not busy, they'll often show us around the actual brewing area behind the storefront. We'll also visit the large local Buddhist temple, a central presence in local culture, and local shops such as traditional confectioneries and bakeries.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan with BBQ Option

Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan with BBQ Option

Lake Biwa, or Biwako, is Japan’s biggest lake closely located at just about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Kyoto. It is recognized as one of the most ancient lakes in the world, and the only lake of its kind in Japan. Biwako has been designated as a UNESCO Ramsar Wetland since 1993 boasting a rich ecosystem with approximately 1,000 different species of plant and animal life. Our sailing experience takes place in the splendor of such a magnificent atmosphere. This activity is conducted with our company-owned 30ft private sailboat. All amidst a pleasant breeze experienced most of the year by cruising over the mirror-like calm water as you hear the gentle sound of wind and birdsong. The sailing adventure is a refreshingly promising choice for breaking away from the hustle and bustle of the city center in Kyoto. The activity starts at 2PM with two options such as 3 hour cruising with or without BBQ after sailing (the options with BBQ consists of 3-hour sailing and 2-hour BBQ, TTL 5 hours).
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$63.95
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Half Day Guided Harie Tour and Sake Brewery Tour: morning or afternoon

Half Day Guided Harie Tour and Sake Brewery Tour: morning or afternoon

Travelers staying in Kyoto can reach Harie, the "village of living water," by train to the Shin-Asahi Station. A guide will meet you at the station to take you on a walking tour of the village to learn about its "kabata" water system, which can only be seen with permission to enter a resident's home. Plus visit a local sake brewery. This tour is a great way to see more of Japan outside the city of Kyoto.
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  • 4 hours
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$97.56
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