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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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