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Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces

Takashima, Japan
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Take a cycling trip along Biwa Lake before enjoying a homemade lunch in the home of a local resident
  • Pedal along the scenic shores of this beautiful lake, enjoying views of nearby Shirahige Shrine
  • Take a picturesque taxi ride up to a mountain village in the nearby Hata District
  • Enjoy a multi-course lunch of Japanese country cuisine prepared in the home of an 'Obaachan' (elderly woman)
  • Listen to stories about daily life in a Japanese country village from the host
  • Great way to explore Japan off the beaten track

What's Included

  • Use of bicycle and helmet
  • Lunch
  • English speaking local tour conductor
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • JR Kyoto Station Pickup charge
  • Round trip train ticket between JR Kyoto and JR Omi-Takashima stations

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

10:00 AM

End point

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Pickup details

JR Omi-Takashima Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of the tour. Meet our tour conductor in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at 10:00 am. We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor) at 8:45 am (Weekdays) or 9:00 am (Weekends, Japanese National Holidays). The pick-up charge is 5,000JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash to our tour conductor.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not recommended for child aged 9 and under
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • In case of bad weather / from December to March, we may walk or take a taxi to Shirahige Shrine instead of bicycling
  • Please inform us of the name of the hotel where you are staying and/or your cell phone number in case we need to contact you
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Farm to Table Local Cooking and Cycling Tour: Lake Biwa and Rice Terraces?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Our tour was exactly as described...
hossai_collins, Mar 2016
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 :
Great addition to our visit to...
Melanie M, Apr 2017
Great addition to our visit to Japan. Lake Biwa is beautiful, but the mountain village and visit to a traditional Japanese home/garden and mountain community was outstanding. The bike ride was a bit rough along the highway/lake, not sure how to work around that in the current state of the road and no shoulder to ride along.
Our tour started with a bike ride...
Chris S, Jun 2017
Our tour started with a bike ride along Lake Biwa which is pretty big. I understand it is Japan's largest fresh water lake. We stopped at the gateway to the shrine and witnessed paddle board riders passing beneath the gateway. I imagine that is not quite the thing to do but the youngsters seemed to be enjoying themselves and were respectful. The old temple housed some very old artefacts and our guide told us about the path through the woods which leads to a place of sanctuary? We returned by bike to our starting point and took a taxi to a local village which was surrounded by lush green vegetation, including forests, and picturesque terraced rice fields. We were taken to a house and met our host, a delightful octogenarian. She greeted us warmly and after the initial greeting we assisted in preparing lunch. Grinding sesame seeds and peanuts was my task and the finished product was mixed with a fresh green vegetable for one part of lunch - it tasted very good. Lunch was more like a banquet compared to my lunch at home two sandwiches and a coffee. Lunch was sukiyaki and so fresh and tasty. I felt guilty leaving some food but I had a full stomach. Conversation was good and our two guides helped translate my English into Japanese for the host. We were privileged to enjoy a wonderful meal in a traditional Japanese home in a rural environment - it is so different to the hustle and bustle of city life. Our host was marvellous and made us feel very welcome and we hope she enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed hers. The guides were a good interface for two Westerners enjoying rural Japan.


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