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A Winter Tour around Lake Yogo in Shiga (余吴湖畔冬季之远行在滋贺县)


Shiga
5 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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Lake Yogo is a mirror-like spot surrounded with community based forests in a secluded corner of Shiga. Though the district around the lake is often covered with fresh snow almost every day in sever winter season, the sceneries from the lakeside must give sightseers unique landscapes associated with genuine local cultures of Japan and folklores which have come down from more than 1,200 years ago.

Itinerary

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  • Koyasu (子安)Temple Hall Enshrining the Deity of Mercy (地蔵菩薩)
  • Smelt Fishing at the Landing Pier
  • The Monument of Haiku Poem by Rotsu (路通), a Disciple of the Famous Haiku Poet Basho (芭蕉)
  • Frozen Lake Yogo with a Background of Snow-covered Yokoyama-dake Mountain (横山岳; 1,132 meters)
  • Winter Landscape Seen from Shimaura (島浦), One of the Seven Best Spots around the Lake
  • The Stone of the Big Snake’s Eye and the PILLOW Stone (枕石)
  • Relics of Shizugatake Battle (賤ヶ岳合戦) in the Age of Provincial Wars (1583 AD)

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What to Expect

The half day course (approx., 4 hours), in which sightseers can enjoy representative winter landscapes around the Lake. Though they have relatively heavy snow there due to incessantly falling snow in the cold season, the walking road along the lake is usually cleared away. Sightseers call in many spots associated with folklores there and the history-changing battle at the village in chilling but finely “honed” air. That severe weather may look nice in such a genuine Japanese culture and the big event that feudal warlords had to fight at the risk of their lives.

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point JR Yogo Station
Ending Point JR Yogo Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide Fee

What‘s not included

Admission / Entrance Fee (For Tourists and the Guide)
Transportation (If necessary, For Tourists and the Guide)
Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists)
Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists)

Important

From the middle of Dec. to the middle of Mar.

1. Basically 7 days a week
2. Besides sightseeing spots in Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara), the guide has a detailed knowledge in KOHOKU (Northernmost) district in Shiga Pref.
i.e.,
1)Shizugatake Old Battlefield, 2)Lake Yogo, 3)Woody Pal Yogo, 4)Tojyuin temple, 5)Kanzan-ji temple, 6)Zencho-ji temple, 7)Kaizu Osaki for Cherry Blossom Viewing, 8)Keisoku-ji temple for Autumnal Leaves, 9)Throughout Central Kinomoto area, 10)Odani Jyo Castle, 11)Sugatani Hot Spring Resort, 12)Chikubu-shima island, 13)Doganji-temple (A National Treasure), 14)Takatsuki Museum of Ethnic and Historical Materials, 15)Throughout Central Nagahama city, etc.

1) The tour’s available season;
From the middle of Dec. to the middle of Mar.
Others: Out of service
2) Recommended Wears:
・Jacket for Skiwear
・ Sweater
・ Gloves
・ Skiing cap or Climber’s hat or Cap
・ Rubber boots or Climbing shoes
・ Backpack
3) In a case of snowing / raining weather:
A tourist has to prepare a rain apparel by him/herself.
4) The Course Schedule
10:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant at the Lakeside
15:00 at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Julie Julie United States ( Couple )
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7 months ago

“ Excellent guide! ”

Yoshi is an excellent guide! He is a hard-working and wonderful ambassador for his country. Yoshi takes his work seriously and is scrupulously prepared. His care for his clients really shows. He went above and beyond for us. Yoshi is very well-informed about so much, including Japanese history, current Japanese affairs, and the flowers and trees of Japan. He is interesting, energetic, kind, and hospitable. Our only wish was that we had more time with Yoshi! We are grateful we met him.

Yoshi:

Dear Julie san and Ron san. Thank you very much for your nice feedback. As our mission as a tour guide is, of course, to insure our customers' satisfaction, I've believed (as a former Quality Engineer) that we have to do our maximum effort, sacrificing our short lunch and rest time. I'm so glad to know that you kindly felt a touch of it. Again, I was extremely happy to be able to have an opportunity to go around the best spots with you and Ron san yesterday. Thank you, PS: I will try not to be a "Crybaby" any more. From Yoshi Apr., 19 (Fri.), 2019; 22:23

Siti Siti Malaysia ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Nara Kyoto Osaka revisited ”

Very lucky to have Yoshi san as our guide who took care of us from the time he picked us up from the hotel until he send us back to the hotel. I'm very impressed and appreciative when he accomodate to our slow movement. He planned well according to what we wanted even at the short notice of visiting Nara Womens University. Really love the Kimono experience and picnic under cherry blossoms at Osaka castle. Our family especially my daughter had a lovely and wonderful time. Thank you Yoshi san for understanding and being an amazing tour guide for us. - Siti, Malaysia.

Yoshi:

Siti san, Zainal san, alias sweet Sumo wrestler, and a promising No.1 journalist in Malaysia, Farah san, I thank you very much for selecting such an amateurish tour guide like me for your memorable tour tripping around Kansai district, Japan. I was relieved that the weather on the days during your trip was relatively good (not so cold and not so warm), and we could make it in time when the cherry blossoms that all of you must have eagerly anticipated started. You were able to dabble at OHANAMI (Cherry viewing) at Osaka Jyo park, eating Takoyaki, weren't we? The gift that charming Farah san surprisingly gave me must have become one of my most important treasuries. Thank you so much. PS : As I promised so, I'm going to send all the photos that I took for your wonderful family through e... read more

Sheila Sheila Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Amazing Guide Yoshi san ”

Yoshi was very knowledgeable on all the places he took us for the two days we were in Osaka. He picked us up at our hotel. Planned the day according to what we wanted to see and the activities we were interested in. I have a bad knee and stairs were a problem, he made a lot of effort to accommodate this. For this I am very impressed. He definitely went over and beyond. Our family had a great time and will be beyond. Thank you Yoshi San! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas

Yoshi:

Sheila san and your handsome family members: Thank you very much for your lavish word to this amateurish tour guide. I have to appreciate you, giving me the opportunity to go around here and there in the merchants' city under brisk winter sky. I'll never forget the fantastic memory with you and your family. PS: Have you successfully been able to open all the pictures that I took for your family?

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