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Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto

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Otsu, Japan
Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Lunch included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Vegetarian meal option available
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Use of electric bicycle and helmet
Lunch
English-speaking local tour conductor
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Gratuities
JR Kyoto Station Pickup Charge
Round trip train fare between JR Kyoto and JR Shiga
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
  • Shiga Station , Kido, Otsu, Shiga 520-0514, Japan

    JR Shiga Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of the tour. Meet our guide in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at JR Shiga Station at 10:00 am.

  • Kyoto Station , Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

    We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station at 9:00 am in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor). The pick-up charge is 4,500JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash on the morning of your tour.

  • 10:00 AM

    Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

    Shiga Station , Kido, Otsu, Shiga 520-0514, Japan
    JR Shiga Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of the tour. Meet our tour conductor in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at 10:00 am. We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station at 9:00 am in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor). The pick-up charge is 4,500JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash to our tour conductor.
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Participants must be 60 inches (152cm) or taller
    • You still need to balance yourself when riding an electric powered bicycle
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please inform us of the name of the hotel where you are staying and/or your cell phone number in case we need to contact you
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • A maximum of 6 people per booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY Tour Du Lac Co., Ltd.
    You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    See all safety measures taken by Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto.

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    This tour was the highlight of our...
    Raewyn K
    , Jun 2017
    This tour was the highlight of our trip.The tour directors went out of there way to make sure we had a great day. It was an easy bike ride, especially with the e-bikes. Our guide Shino was brilliant, she spoke great English, was very informative and helpful, answering all our many questions. The host family made us feel so welcome and provided a wonderful meal with fresh vegetables from their garden. It was great to experience the traditional lifestyle of Japan. We would thoroughly recommend this tour which incorporated a little of everything - history, culture, food and Japanese hospitality.
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    My wife and I couldn't have been...
    Charles C
    , May 2017
    My wife and I couldn't have been happier with our Lake Biwa bike tour! We were thrilled to get away from the city and enjoy the natural surroundings of Japan. Our guides were enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. Cooking lunch with a local family was our fondest memory of our 16-day trip. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
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    Our guide met us in Kyoto Station...
    karen J
    , Apr 2017
    Our guide met us in Kyoto Station. The ride to the lake took about 40 minutes. The bikes were easy to ride and the power assist was great when we came to some hills. The lake is beautiful! as is the surrounding countryside! Our guide was very welcoming and knowledgeable. Our lunch with a local family was wonderful. They too were very welcoming and their home was beautiful and traditional Japanese. We helped prepare the meal, which was delicious. They also took us to their vegetable garden and rice paddy. this was a great tour!
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    This bike tour was the definitive...
    Dennis
    , Apr 2016
    This bike tour was the definitive highlight of our 8-day trip to Japan. The tour guides were fantastic: friendly, knowledgeable, and deeply cared about showing us a good time in Shiga. They met us in Kyoto's station, and from there we rode the train for 35 min into Shiga. The biking portion of the tour is easy and the scenery is very beautiful. You ride by the lake, then through the town and the nearby rice fields, with gorgeous mountains in the background. We had lunch at a local's family private home that have lived there for 7 generations. It was a very intimate setting and the food was incredible you actually help cook part of the meail. We all ate together with the family, and engaged in very interesting conversations. Lastly, we went to a local artist's wood workshop. It's remarkable to see the things they make without using a single nail using the same technique that has been passed on by generations. Highly recommend this tour.

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