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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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$156.15
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$156.15
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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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$166.77
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$166.77
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.87
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$109.87
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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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$215.82
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$215.82
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Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with Local Hosts in Peaceful Kyoto Suburb Otsu

Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with Local Hosts in Peaceful Kyoto Suburb Otsu

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Japan is known for its amazing food, so enhance your trip by learning some new culinary skills. This amazing seasonal Japanese home cooking lesson will be a special experience, as you’ll be going into someone’s home for the class. No need to worry about buying ingredients as everything is included. You’ll learn to make 2-3 dishes, including miso, and you’ll get to eat the food afterwards too.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.24
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$49.24

Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide

Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the Japanese history of Lake Biwa during this small-group walking tour. Join no more than 12 guests as you visit Hikone Castle, Hachiman Moat, and enjoy the views from the summit of Mount Hachiman. You’ll also learn details about Japan’s Edo period and the Tokugawa Shogunate.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.95
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$126.95

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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$156.96
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$156.96
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.09
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$83.09
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Shirahige Shrine Kayak Tour

Shirahige Shrine Kayak Tour

You can kayak on the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. A kayak guide will accompany you, so you can enjoy it even for the first time. The destination is Torii on Lake Biwa. It is the property of the oldest shrine in Lake Biwa. Experience good memories at GOODTIMES TOURS!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.01
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$54.01

Healing Meditation, Yoga Session and Japanese Cooking Class

Healing Meditation, Yoga Session and Japanese Cooking Class

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Slow down and awaken your senses with a meditation, pilates session and cooking lesson in Kyoto. Take a break from sightseeing and achieve a Zen state while an expert instructor teaches proper breathing techniques and relaxing movements at Jyuge Shrine, which overlooks serene Lake Biwa. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, learn to prepare a country-style meal at a traditional farmhouse and eat a typical Japanese lunch cooked from fresh rice and garden vegetables. Numbers are limited to provide a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$156.96
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$156.96
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.02
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$81.02
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.30
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$15.30

Knowbyheart, Japanese culture, Sake, Sweet, traditional scenery...

Knowbyheart, Japanese culture, Sake, Sweet, traditional scenery...

The 150 years-old Kawashima is located at Takashima in Shiga prefecture, which is about one hour from Kyoto. The owner, Mr Kawashima, hosts the brewery tour, in which you will have a chance to taste the local sake, “Matsuno Hana” and experience Takashima’s traditional culture and nature. Takashima is well-known for its unique water culture called “Kabata” which is an ancient method to use the natural spring water for daily life. This tour is exclusively designed for our guests. In the Kawashima brewery, you will enjoy Japanese traditional cultures in their special room, the inner room or the room apart from the main building, which is only opened for exclusive guests. Notice We use public transportation. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes from the bus and train window and relish the tranquil countryside on foot. However, please note that it is subject to availability and change. A taxi may be an alternative for transfer. The fare is approximately 4,000-5,000 yen for one way.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$549.35
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$549.35
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Knowbyheart, Sake, Sweet, Lake-Biwa from a 1,100m high mountain

Knowbyheart, Sake, Sweet, Lake-Biwa from a 1,100m high mountain

The 150 years-old Kawashima is located at Takashima in Shiga prefecture, which is about one hour from Kyoto. The owner, Mr Kawashima, hosts the brewery tour, in which you will have a chance to taste the local sake, “Matsuno Hana” and experience Takashima’s traditional culture and nature. Takashima is well-known for its unique water culture called “Kabata” which is an ancient method to use the natural spring water for daily life. This tour is exclusively designed for our guests. In the Kawashima brewery, you will enjoy Japanese traditional cultures in their special room, the inner room or the room apart from the main building, which is only opened for exclusive guests. Notice We use public transportation. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes from the bus and train window and relish the tranquil countryside on foot. However, please note that it is subject to availability and change. A taxi may be an alternative for transfer. Have a wonderful time in Japan!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$549.35
Price varies by group size
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$549.35
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.02
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$72.02

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