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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making
Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making
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from: $131

Visit and experience a local village’s lifestyle and food culture where terraced rice fields, continuously cultivated for 1300 years, cascade down the mountains as far as the eye can see. First, take a stroll to visit the local shrine while surrounded by the beautiful views with Lake Biwa glimmering far below. The friendly and good-natured farming couple that hosts the mochi rice cake-making experience will welcome you wholeheartedly. They will demonstrate mochi rice cake making following the traditional method using homegrown rice. Freshly pounded with your own hands, they will taste exceptionally delicious. Also, try our farm-to-table special Sukiyaki made with fresh chicken and lots of homegrown vegetables. The farmer will show you how to make it, so participate and learn. Chicken Sukiyaki is a holiday dish in Western Shiga, especially for local festivals. Many of our guests become big fans of this salty-sweet hotpot.

Half Day Guided Harie Tour and Sake Brewery Tour: morning or afternoon
Half Day Guided Harie Tour and Sake Brewery Tour: morning or afternoon
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from: $92

Take a short trip from Kyoto on a local train and explore the village of living water, Harie. This small village has been recently known for its unique lifestyle, with each home having its own crystal-clear water spring called "Kabata", which is used as both a well and a kitchen sink. Your English speaking guide will meet you at Shin-Asahi Station and take you on a tour of the village. At the village, one of the residents of Harie will also take you to the villagers residence where "Kabata" is still used in there daily life and explain about the culture. You can only see a real life "Kabata" if you book this tour, since you will need permission from the local residence to enter their homes to see it. After the Harie tour, the guide will also take you to a local sake brewery. The tour concludes at the Shin -Asahi Station. We have morning tour and afternoon tour. The morning tour starts at 10AM and the afternoon tour starts at 12:30PM.

Private Holiday Professional Photo Shoot in New York City
Private Holiday Professional Photo Shoot in New York City
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from: $149

HI Traveller! We are a group of young professional photographers. Our biggest passion and what we love to do most is to be behind the camera 24/7 to capture all your worthy moments during your holiday. We ourselves are huge travellers too and love meeting people from all over the world. With more then 1800 photoshoots completed successfully and nominations for best photo experiences. We can’t wait to meet you, show you around and capture the best moments of your stay. Besides professional photography we will also give you every trick and tip to enjoy your holiday to the fullest! Come meet this city’s secrets and hidden corners with us while we capture your holiday’s precious moments. Looking forward to meeting you!

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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from: $180

On this tour, you will be visiting the Takashima area on the northwest side of Lake Biwa that offers exceptionally charming views of both the lake and mountains. In this rare and exclusive experience, you will also stand along side the farmer's wife and assist as she prepares a simple and amazing multi-course lunch. During lulls in the preparation, step outside to enjoy the most commanding views of the picturesque rice terraces, taking your leisure to stroll among them. Those with an interest in photography will particularly enjoy the vantage points this access provides.

Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto
Life, Culture, and History in a Local Brewery Town: Half-Day Tour Near Kyoto
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from: $69

Kinomoto is a charming old brewery town blessed by an abundant source of fresh water. As a former post station town of Edo era kaido routes, the town has retained much of its historical charm, without heavily catering to tourism, but rather sustaining its natural community and identity of local family businesses that have thrived here for centuries. After meeting up at JR Maibara Station (shinkansen stops here), our guide will lead you on the 24-minute train ride north to JR Kinomoto Station. Here we will give a walking tour including 2 sake breweries, both among the 10 oldest operating in Japan, as well as a traditional soy sauce brewery. We can meet the staff of these family-owned businesses, taste samples, and aside the winter brewing season, if not busy, they'll often show us around the actual brewing area behind the storefront. We'll also visit the large local Buddhist temple, a central presence in local culture, and local shops such as traditional confectioneries and bakeries.

Knowbyheart, Sake, Sweet, Lake-Biwa from a 1,100m high mountain
Knowbyheart, Sake, Sweet, Lake-Biwa from a 1,100m high mountain
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from: $459

The 150 years-old Kawashima is located at Takashima in Shiga prefecture, which is about one hour from Kyoto. The owner, Mr Kawashima, hosts the brewery tour, in which you will have a chance to taste the local sake, “Matsuno Hana” and experience Takashima’s traditional culture and nature. Takashima is well-known for its unique water culture called “Kabata” which is an ancient method to use the natural spring water for daily life. This tour is exclusively designed for our guests. In the Kawashima brewery, you will enjoy Japanese traditional cultures in their special room, the inner room or the room apart from the main building, which is only opened for exclusive guests. Notice We use public transportation. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes from the bus and train window and relish the tranquil countryside on foot. However, please note that it is subject to availability and change. A taxi may be an alternative for transfer. Have a wonderful time in Japan!

Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan with BBQ Option
Sailing Experience in the biggest lake in Japan with BBQ Option
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from: $60

Lake Biwa, or Biwako, is Japan’s biggest lake closely located at just about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from 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. This activity is conducted with our company-owned 30ft private sailboat. 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. The sailing adventure is a refreshingly promising choice for breaking away from the hustle and bustle of the city center in Kyoto. The activity starts at 2PM with two options such as 3 hour cruising with or without BBQ after sailing (the options with BBQ consists of 3-hour sailing and 2-hour BBQ, TTL 5 hours).

Knowbyheart, Japanese culture, Sake, Sweet, traditional scenery...
Knowbyheart, Japanese culture, Sake, Sweet, traditional scenery...
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from: $459

The 150 years-old Kawashima is located at Takashima in Shiga prefecture, which is about one hour from Kyoto. The owner, Mr Kawashima, hosts the brewery tour, in which you will have a chance to taste the local sake, “Matsuno Hana” and experience Takashima’s traditional culture and nature. Takashima is well-known for its unique water culture called “Kabata” which is an ancient method to use the natural spring water for daily life. This tour is exclusively designed for our guests. In the Kawashima brewery, you will enjoy Japanese traditional cultures in their special room, the inner room or the room apart from the main building, which is only opened for exclusive guests. Notice We use public transportation. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes from the bus and train window and relish the tranquil countryside on foot. However, please note that it is subject to availability and change. A taxi may be an alternative for transfer. The fare is approximately 4,000-5,000 yen for one way.

Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with Local Hosts in Peaceful Kyoto Suburb Otsu
Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with Local Hosts in Peaceful Kyoto Suburb Otsu
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from: $49

Your host Hisako learned to cook from her mother and sister and is passionate about sharing Japanese home cooking with travelers using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her other passion is music - Hisako studied classical music at the Guild Hall School of Music in London for two years. Her husband Atsuo has a tech consulting office in Kyoto and is a match maker between high tech companies in USA and Japan.  Your cooking class will begin with a short introduction to miso, a fundamental element of Japanese cooking. There are many kinds of miso and Hisako's introduction will help to demystify the varieties and their usage. You will learn to make 2-3 authentic Japanese dishes with Hisako in her kitchen that you will later share at the dining table in their modern Japanese home.  Your experience will end on a musical note, with Hisako playing and singing one of her favorite songs.

Small-Group Virtual Tour of Takashima
Small-Group Virtual Tour of Takashima
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from: $13

In our virtual tour, we provide several topics to know more about the Japanese countryside and its life, beliefs, rituals, and respect for nature. We also make some demonstrations of Japanese traditional music, song, and/or dance. After this virtual tour, you might want to visit our beautiful countryside, Takashima.

Shirahige Shrine Kayak Tour
Shirahige Shrine Kayak Tour
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from: $45

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!

Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
Electric Bike Tour of Lake Biwa from Kyoto
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from: $131

Enjoy a day off in the ultimate tranquility of the countryside as you take a leisurely cycle along the serene shores of Lake Biwa, the largest in Japan. Using electric bikes that provide an effortless, refreshing ride, this course follows beautiful lakeside roads up to stunning scenes of stepped rice terraces. This is a slow-paced, off-the-beaten-path tour in the countryside, showing a different side of Japan. Visit local shrines and wander along village streets free of the tourist crowds. Have a delightful lunch in the traditional home of a local farming couple. Instructed by the lady of the house, indulge yourself in preparing a delicious lunch (a vegetarian menu is also available) using the freshest local ingredients. We hope you will join us on this tour and its feast of discoveries!

Backroads Exploring Japan’s Rural Life & Nature: Half-Day Bike Tour Near Kyoto
Backroads Exploring Japan’s Rural Life & Nature: Half-Day Bike Tour Near Kyoto
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from: $68

Just a 20 minute shinkansen ride from Kyoto to our starting point, we offer an easy way to explore small town rural life in Japan on this leisurely beginner-friendly ride, with a local resident guide, fluent in English, to help you enjoy our area’s unique geographical and historical points of interest. This 13km course features a broad range of sights such as rice and agriculture fields, historic trade routes, local villages combining old and new ways of life, a temple and shrine, a brief hike, and the shores of Lake Biwa, all in about 3 hours. In our tours, we hope to both share and preserve our local culture and traditions. Toward this goal, we also work closely with municipalities and residents to ensure that we always respect the wishes and needs of the local communities that we visit. Our convenient location and short tour time make it easy to explore more before or after your tour too, such as visiting Hikone Castle, or Lake Biwa!

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