I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! Shiga is set in the beautiful Japanese countryside. My husband and I were met at the train station by Keiko who was our guide for the day. We cycled through the rice terraces, visited a beautiful shrine, went for Saki tasting and had the opportunity to spend time in the home of a local Japanese family which was just the most special and unique experience. The views of the rice terraces were stunning even though it was pouring with rain! and we just didn't want the day to end! Keiko was incredibly friendly and spoke exceptional English and was a superb tour guide for the day!
I was very impressed with the communication from Tour du Lac from the point of researching and asking questions to making the booking. Hiromi always responded to my emails quickly and was very proactive keeping in tour closer to the time of the tour.
I cannot recommend this tour enough, it is a hidden gem away from all the main tourist hot spots of Japan and a chance to see the real Japanese countryside!
Our tour was exactly as described. We were warmly greeted at Omi-Takashima station after a scenic train ride from Kyoto by our lovely tour guide Shino who spoke fluent English. The weather in March can be quite unpredictable at times, so Shino ensured that she brought us gloves if we didn't have any of our own and these wonderful little heat packs you can stick to your clothing or insert into your gloves we are from Australia so novices with such things, to make sure we weren't cold, this was very sweet and set the tone for the remainder of the day. We cycled the countryside and stopped at points of interest before travelling by taxi to a small village in the mountains. The vistas here are beautiful even just after winter before the new season crop has been planted and rice terraces flooded. Everyone we met were very welcoming, lunch was delicious and the walk amongst the rice fields felt charmingly nostalgic of a bygone era.
We really enjoyed our day trip to Shiga and would recommend this tour to anyone who would like to see another side to the concrete and high-rises that are synonymous with the modern day Japan.
Thank you all for making our trip so special :
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