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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Tetsuya.
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.
guide fee, admission, the guide's traffic fee to the meeting place, bicycle insurance
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. read more
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
The day was not as planned. The Ise Shrine was closed for an Emporial visit. The contingency plan was to visit a sub-shrine with a tour on the skyline route. However, this plan had to be scrapped as the weather was terrible with very low cloud so there would have been no visibility. Plan C was to visit the Shinto museum associated with the Ise shrine. Nothing here was in English so Tetsuya had to translate everything. He did an excellent job answering all of ourquestions.
Dear Rod-san, Thank you very much for your making comment on this tour. Though the weather was not favourable for us, we could manage to carry out the tour smoothly with your help and patience. As you may already know, we will have Olympic in Tokyo the next year. We are expecting more foreign guests will visit Japan then. I am hoping more people also stop by Ise and Toba areas on the way to or back from Tokyo. If you are planning to re-visit Japan, I would appreciate it if you would give me a chance to guide you Ise shrines or some other areas at that time. Thank you again and please enjoy the balance of your trip. Beste regards, Tetsuya Ted Tanahashi
We booked Tetsuya for a full day trip around Ise and Toba .He recommended cheap 4 day train/bus/attractions pass and purchased them on our behalf and then got train tickets and reserved seats for us as it was not available on internet from Australia. His English is very good and his written communications are excellent. He was always happy to answer any questions and offered itinerary suggestions and a timetable for the day. We were amazed at the time & effort Tetsuya put in to providing us with a memorable day. He is very knowledgeable on all sites we visited and looks much younger than his profile photo suggests.😊 We recommend him unreservedly for any guide services you may be considering.
Dear Andrew-san and Judy-san, Thank you very much for your comments. I am quite delighted to have had the opportunity to meet and show the both of you around Ise and Toba. As you suggested, I am hoping that I can travel to Australia someday. For now, I am preparing to make new tour. That will include the words " samurai", "tea ceremony" and "Japanese garden". If you have chance to come to Japan in the next big holidays, please try to experience it. Thank you again for selecting my tour, and I hope that you will enjoy rest of your trip. Bon voyage !