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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

Highlights
  • A great choice for visitors wanting an authentic local experience 
  • Learn Mochi rice cake making, with a guide to translate for you
  • Access local towns like Ogi, that would be difficult to get to alone
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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making
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Kyoto pick up is not included. Meet our tour conductor at JR Ogotoonsen Station.
From US$129.81
Tour + JR Kyoto Station pickup
JR Kyoto Station pickup is included in the price. Drop-off is at JR Ogotoonsen Station. Meet our tour conductor in front of the West Gate (2nd floor) of JR Kyoto Station at 9:15 am.
From US$143.72
Overview

Immerse yourself in Japanese traditions, by getting access to the countryside, with a private guide. You’ll visit smaller towns and villages that tourists don’t usually go to, and have an authentic experience of life as a local farmer. You’ll learn how to make ‘mochi’ (rice cakes) with a guide with you for commentary and translation. You’ll also visit rice fields, a shrine and learn about Japanese rituals.

What to Expect

After meeting your guide at a pre-arranged spot, you'll travel together in a taxi to Ogi village, set in the Japanese countryside. You’ll learn about the local agriculture, as you walk through the rice fields, which date back 1,300 years. Understand the importance of Shintoism to Japanese people by visiting Ogura shrine.

A highlight of the day is visiting a local rice farmer’s house. You’ll be handed a giant mallet, and take part in a mochi rice cake making lesson. As you bash steaming sticky rice, it’ll begin to form into dough for rice cakes. You’ll learn about the local way of making mochi (with fermented soy beans), and you’ll also watch some other cooking preparations too. The local farmer will make sukiyaki (a type of hot pot with meat and vegetables) and tell you about local Japanese life. The tour will end at JR Ogotoonsen station.

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1 - 5 of 14 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago
Highlight of my visit to Japan

This was an absolutely delightful day. Our guide, Misako san was excellent. She obviously loves this region of Japan and was eager to pass along her knowledge. She has a passion to preserve the traditions of Japan and the Shiga region. Misako san took us...More

Thank mmason2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Incredible, authentic experience!

My husband and I absolutely loved this tour. Hiromi and Saori were the most accommodating and pleasant hosts. You could really feel how committed and passionate they are about preserving local traditions and sharing them with visitors. The destination was a breeze to get to...More

2  Thank valeriemnyc
LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for posting such a wonderful review on TripAdvisor! It is really encouraging for us all, and we will certainly work harder to go beyond expectations of our future participants who read your review. All the food are carefully prepared by the...More

Reviewed May 4, 2018
Extremely memorable day!

I had an amazing time taking a tour of Shiga and meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Kosaka to make mochi. Making mochi was just a small part of the experience. The best part was getting outside of the city and seeing a slice of life...More

1  Thank Sara S
LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Thank you very much for taking time to post the wonderful review on our tour. We also enjoyed hosting the tour for you and your dearest mother. We love Mr. & Mrs. Kosaka, they are such an adorable couple who welcome everyone with open arms...More

Reviewed April 19, 2018
Wonderful experience

We had a wonderful time in Shiga with our great guides, Saori and Keiko! The Kosakas were very warm and welcoming and wow.. what a delicious sukiyaki lunch they prepared! It was a memorable day!More

1  Thank edith n
LacBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Thank you so much for taking time to post the warm comment. We did enjoy hosting the tour for you wonderful guest from Hawaii! We hope you had a great time in Japan and hope to meet you again. Thank you & All the best...More

Reviewed April 15, 2018
Small, personable, and real tour of rural Japan

I highly recommend this tour which is only a short train ride from Kyoto. If you want to get out of the city, spend time with the locals and see some of authentic rural Japan, loo no further! We had the most wonderful day touring...More

1  Thank petaludes
LacBiwa, Manager at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting us. We did enjoy hosting the tour and sharing a wonderful time finding lots of things in common with you. We hope Andrew did not have a muscle pain after pounding mochi almost all by himself...! How I wished...More

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