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Lake Biwa Cycling and Family Visit

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Overview

Experience rural Japan far off the beaten tracks with this great half-day cycling tour with electric bikes. Pedal along the stunning Lake Biwa and marvel at the rural landscape that has been shaped through traditional agriculture for centuries. Get a glimpse of the daily life of farmers and gain an intimate insight as you will be welcomed into a Japanese family home.

Itinerary

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Lake Biwa Cycling and Family Visit
- Half Day
Today's tour starts at 10:00 at JR Shiga station, located approximately 40 min by train North of Kyoto. Experience the untouched Japan on this authentic half-day guided cycling tour along the shores of Lake Biwa. Get your electric bike fitted and start your journey through the peaceful small streets along Lake Biwa and through ancient villages.

Follow your guide through the countryside to terraced rice fields. Meet some farmers and help them with their seasonal farming activities, such as planting, or harvesting rice, fruits or vegetables. Talk to the farmers and learn about life in the local farming communities of rural Japan.

Get back in the saddle and follow you guide to a local family where you will help your hostess to cook some authentic chicken sukiyaki. The dish is prepared using the local rice and home-grown vegetables. Try some of the region's specialties, such as pickled sour plums, that were prepared by the hostess herself. Interact with your hosts and experience life and the warm hospitality of a rural Japanese household.


After this truly unique lunch it is time to cycle back to JR Shiga station. Enjoy the gentle breeze blowing from the lake and the varied landscape with the Hira mountain range in the background.

Once back at the station, return your bicycles and bid farewell to the guide. At the end of the day, let all the intense impressions of the day sink in on your scenic train journey back to Kyoto.

 

Meeting-point: JR Shiga station (JR Kosei Line)

 

Important Information


Our services include:
– English
-speaking cycling guide
– Farming experience
– Lunch at local family
– Transportation from JR Kyoto station to JR Shiga Station.
– All applicable entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Our services do not include:
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Transfers to and from the meeting place/starting point
– Meals and/or drinks
– Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
– Travel insurance
– Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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