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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.
Address: Lake Biwa, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0001, Japan

20 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Biwa

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$232.27
Price varies by group size
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US$232.27
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Private Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan

Private Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan

Lake Biwa, or Biwako, is Japan’s biggest lake closely located at just about 10 kilometers from our spiritual capital, 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. With a compact 30ft private sailboat, you will have a chance to see wonderful views such as breathtaking spring flowers and autumnal leaves. Water birds peacefully resting their wings, or snowy mountaintops in winter. 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. This sailing adventure is a refreshingly promising choice for breaking away from the hustle and bustle of the city center in Kyoto.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$142.53
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US$142.53
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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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US$168.92
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US$168.92
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Multi-Day Bus Tour from Osaka or Kyoto to Shirakawago, Kanazawa (Economy Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour from Osaka or Kyoto to Shirakawago, Kanazawa (Economy Hotel)

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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.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$318.01
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US$318.01
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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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US$58.13
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US$58.13

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$168.92
Price varies by group size
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US$168.92
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From Osaka: 2-Days Bus Tour to Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo

From Osaka: 2-Days Bus Tour to Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo

This 2 days and 1 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour leaves from either Kyoto or Osaka, and takes you on a flash journey through the old picturesque Japan, through Shirakawago, Hida Takayama and Mt Fuji before dropping you off in Tokyo. You will also have the chance to explore Kanazawa City freely for 1 hour on your own! There are a few of sightseeing places such us Kenrokuen Garden, 21st Century Museum, Kanazwa Castle, etc.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$287.24
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US$287.24
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From Osaka: 2-Days Bus Tour to Kanazawa, Shirakawago back to Osaka

From Osaka: 2-Days Bus Tour to Kanazawa, Shirakawago back to Osaka

This 2 days and 1 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour leaves from either Kyoto or Osaka, and takes you on a flash journey through the old picturesque Japan, through Shirakawago, Hida Takayama and taking you back to Osaka. You will also have the chance to explore Kanazawa City freely for 1 hour on your own! There are a few of sightseeing places such us Kenrokuen Garden, 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa Castle, etc.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$287.24
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US$287.24
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Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka (Superior Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka (Superior Hotel)

This 2 days and 1 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour leaves from either Kyoto or Osaka, and takes you on a flash journey through the old picturesque Japan, through Shirakawago, Hida Takayama and Mt Fuji before dropping you off in Tokyo.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$420.59
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US$420.59
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Multi-Day Bus Tour from Osaka or Kyoto to Shirakawago, Kanazawa (Standard Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour from Osaka or Kyoto to Shirakawago, Kanazawa (Standard Hotel)

This 2 days and 1 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour takes you from either Kyoto or Osaka into the heart of old picturesque Japan, where you can spend a couple of days immersed in its traditional lifestyle.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$369.30
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US$369.30
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Multi-Day Bus Tour from Osaka or Kyoto to Shirakawago, Kanazawa (Superior Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour from Osaka or Kyoto to Shirakawago, Kanazawa (Superior Hotel)

This 2 days and 1 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour takes you from either Kyoto or Osaka into the heart of old picturesque Japan, where you can spend a couple of days immersed in its traditional lifestyle.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$420.59
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US$420.59
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Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka/Kyoto (Standard Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka/Kyoto (Standard Hotel)

This 3 days and 2 nights tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour departs from either Osaka or Kyoto and takes you on a journey through the old picturesque Japan. See Shirakawago, Hida Takayama, Mt Fuji, and Kawaguchiko before being dropped off in Tokyo.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$492.40
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US$492.40
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Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka/Kyoto (Superior Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka/Kyoto (Superior Hotel)

This 3 days and 2 nights tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour departs from either Osaka or Kyoto and takes you on a journey through the old picturesque Japan. See Shirakawago, Hida Takayama, Mt Fuji, and Kawaguchiko before being dropped off in Tokyo.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$553.95
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US$553.95
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Alpine Route 3D2N from Osaka to Osaka (Economy Hotel)

Alpine Route 3D2N from Osaka to Osaka (Economy Hotel)

This 3 days and 2 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour takes you from either Kyoto or Osaka into the heart of old picturesque Japan, where you can spend a couple of days immersed in its traditional lifestyle. The tour will also let you explore the Alpine route and experience the magnificient ice walls freely on your own.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$539.36
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US$539.36
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Alpine Route 3D2N from Osaka to Osaka (Superior Hotel)

Alpine Route 3D2N from Osaka to Osaka (Superior Hotel)

This 3 days and 2 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour takes you from either Kyoto or Osaka into the heart of old picturesque Japan, where you can spend a couple of days immersed in its traditional lifestyle. The tour will also let you explore the Alpine route and experience the magnificient ice walls freely on your own.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$707.82
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US$707.82
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Alpine Route 3D2N from Osaka to Osaka (Standard Hotel)

Alpine Route 3D2N from Osaka to Osaka (Standard Hotel)

This 3 days and 2 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour takes you from either Kyoto or Osaka into the heart of old picturesque Japan, where you can spend a couple of days immersed in its traditional lifestyle. The tour will also let you explore the Alpine route and experience the magnificient ice walls freely on your own.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$646.28
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US$646.28
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Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka/Kyoto (Economy Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka/Kyoto (Economy Hotel)

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 start this tour in Osaka, stop at Kyoto, and a number of places on the way, such as lakes, mountains, markets, and more before you reach Tokyo. 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.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$379.56
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US$379.56
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Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka (Economy Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka (Economy Hotel)

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.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$318.01
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US$318.01
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1 Way Day Tour Osaka - Takayama via Biwako, Kanazawa and Shirakawago

1 Way Day Tour Osaka - Takayama via Biwako, Kanazawa and Shirakawago

Make the journey from Osaka to Takayama just as exciting as the destination on a day trip that covers Kanazawa and Shirakawago, two towns of great cultural and historical significance. A guide is one hand to help you overcome the language barrier and provide the inside scoop on local culture.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$143.62
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US$143.62
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Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka (Standard Hotel)

Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka (Standard Hotel)

This 2 days and 1 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour leaves from either Kyoto or Osaka, and takes you on a flash journey through the old picturesque Japan, through Shirakawago, Hida Takayama and Mt Fuji before dropping you off in Tokyo.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$369.30
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US$369.30
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