This tour shall be carried out through riding on bicycles which the guide will bring to the guests. The bicycles shall be 20 inch small wheel type. The tour time shall be 7:30 hours which includes total bicycle riding time of 2 hours. The tour includes cycling on Lake Biwa, visiting Hikone Castle and experiencing Japanese powdered tea which is often seen in the traditional tea ceremony.
What to Expect
This tour presents unique mixture - Exercise, Samurai, Japanese Garden and Powdered Green Tea.
If you are fed up with riding on train or bus, or want to have some exercise while enjoying the tour, this is the tour which may fit your desire. Total 28 km bicycle-ride spending 2 hours. (about 1 hour in one way ). Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan. Riding on the bicycle road alongside the Lake Biwa with breeze and sound of waves shall refresh you. Hikone castle is one of the twelve castles that have existing donjon from the beginning of the Edo Period. Besides, it became a filming location in many samurai movies. So, allow me to say, "don't say you saw Japanese castle until you see Hikone castle". In the precinct of Hikone Castle, there is Japanese garden called "Genkyu-en". It is a stroll type land scape garden modeled on one of the palaces of Tang Dynasty. After going through the garden, your fatigue shall be healed at Hosho-dai Guest House where Japanese Powdered Tea and Sweet will be served. After finishing up all the tour, you will find something unique you have not experienced before.
Since this tour includes bicycle riding, you are expected to wear casually, easy to move out fit. Please also wear Helmet. ( The guide can bring some extra helmets if you do not have it. But its size may not fit your head well. ) Please agree to cover bicycle insurance that the guide shall provide, as it is mandatory by local rule.
Furthermore, the guide recommend the following items:
1) Hard-sole type casual shoes.
2) Bicycle Glove.
You are also expected healthy and faithful to follow the traffic rule. Before starting the tour, the guide shall teach traffic rules in Japan and some signal for safe ride. The bicycle the guide to prepare for the guest will be of 20 inch size wheel. You can bring own bicycle if available.
In case of raining or snow, the guide can provide other transportation method.