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Lake Biwa Mochi-Making and Farm Visit

Half DayTour

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 Mochi-Making and Farm Visit
- Half Day
Meet your guide at 10:00 at Ogoto-onsen Station located approximately 20 min North of Kyoto. Here on the shores of beautiful Lake Biwa traditions are still of great importance.


Follow your guide for a walk around the town, and taste sip or two of their cold spring water, which is said to be the reason for the great taste of the rice that is produced here. After your walk, meet the local farmers, learn about their harvesting techniques and get an insight of the traditional Japanese countryside life.

Then, it's time to swing the mallet, as you will prepare your very own mochi rice cakes. The main ingredient consists of the rice that is grown locally on the farm. The technique to make mochi is to hit the steamed rice with a large wooden mallet until it achieves the right chewy consistency ・a fun activity for children and adults alike.

As lunchtime approaches, get ready for some homemade Chicken Sukiyaki, a simple but delicious Japanese signature dish. Enjoy a casual lunch time at the home of the farmers and try some other specialties that the hostess herself has prepared.

After your lunch, follow your guide back to the station and return to Kyoto in the early afternoon.

 

Important Information


Our services include:
– English
-speaking guide
– Mochi rice
-cake making
– Lunch
Our services do not include:
– Train fee from Kyoto station to Ogoto
-Onsen Station
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Meals and/or drinks other than mentioned above
– 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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