Lake Biwa Tours

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Lake Biwa
Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater lake in Japan and one of the twenty oldest lakes in the world. Located northeast of Kyoto in the Shiga Prefecture, its proximity to the ancient capital has seen many references to Lake Biwa within Japanese literature.

Over the many millennia that the lake has been in existence, a diverse ecosystem has evolved, with more than a thousand plant and animal species living there. The lake also attracts thousands of water birds, and therefore birdwatching is a popular pastime around its shores. Other activities at Lake Biwa include fishing, boat rides, and a number of watersports. Bicycles can also be rented next to the train station nearby, with the wide paths around the lake making the area ideal for cycling.

There are a number of historical places of interest surrounding the lake, including Hikone, a city most famous for its castle, which is one of just four in Japan designated as a national treasure.

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It takes approximately 30 minutes from Kyoto to Omimaiko Station near the lake, where there is also a pleasant beach.
Address: Lake Biwa, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0001, Japan
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Multi-Day Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka Tour

Experience more of Japan without the hassle of advance planning on a 3-day tour that covers Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. Traveling with a guide means you’ll receive insight into local culture and discover places that you won’t find in the guide book. Plus, included accommodation, and pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points make for a seamless experience.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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$360.00 USD
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Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo

This three-day, two-night tour is an ideal trip for travelers who want to see some of Japan’s most beautiful and iconic places, but don’t have very much time in the country. You’ll visit Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, and a number of places on the way, such as lakes, mountains, markets, and more. This tour takes the hassle out of traveling around Japan, and you’ll see much more than you’d be able to if traveling independently.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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$390.00 USD
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Multi-Day Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo Bus Tour

Experience the most vibrant cities of Japan on a 2 day, 1 night tour through Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka. This is a perfect experience for those who have a short amount of time or want to orient themselves to the country. Choose to depart from either Kyoto or Osaka, then enjoy a flash journey through picturesque Japan. From Mount Fuji to Lake Biwa to sake breweries and markets, immerse yourself in Japanese culture.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Multi-Day Tour from Osaka, Kyoto to Shirakawago, Hida Takayama, Kenrokuen

See more of central Japan on this overnight tour than would be possible if you were traveling independently. Visit several must-see towns and important historical and cultural sites—such Shirakawago, Hida Takayama, and Kenrokuen—while learning all about them from your local, English-speaking guide. Experience Japan beyond the mega-cities. An ideal tour for travelers short on time.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Beautiful Takashima Biwa Lake and Rice Terraces

Cycle the picturesque shores of Lake Biwa, enjoying jaw-dropping views and mouth-watering homemade food, during this this 6.5-hour bike 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, lunch and train from Kyoto are covered.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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