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Private Lake Biwa Tour from Kyoto

9 Hours
up to 5 people
English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Let's enjoy a day trip to Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan, including a lake cruise to a sacred island !
During this full-day tour, you will enjoy a visit to Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The tour includes a lake cruise to Chikubu islaned, a sacred island which has a temple and a shrine worshed from the ancient times, and a visit to a castle town, either Nagahama or Hikone. This tour starts from Kyoto.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Katsuko.

  • 08:00 AM

    Meet at your hotel

    Meet at your hotel, and then take train and to the Lake Biwa cruise port, either Imazu port or Hikone port

  • 10:50 AM

    Lake Biwa Cruise to Chikubu Island

    Lake Biwa Cruise to Chikubu Island, from either Imazu port or Hikone port

  • 11:20 AM

    Chikubu Island

    Sightseeing at Chikubu Island, including Hogonji temple and Tsukubusuma Shrine, both are designated as National Treasure

  • 12:20 PM

    Lake Biwa Cruise to a castle town

    Lake Biwa Cruise to either Nagahama or Hikone

  • 12:30 PM


  • 13:30 PM

    Sightseeing at a castle town

    Sightseeing at the castle town, including a visit to the caslte (either Nagahama castle or Hikone caslte) and strolling around the town

  • 15:30 PM

    Back to Kyoto city center by train

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto city
Ending Point Kyoto station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

- Guide fee
- Pick-up service
- Transportation for the guide from home to pick-up place in Kyoto city

What‘s not included

- Transportation fare (public transport, taxi) for yourselves and the guide
- Admission fee to the temples
- Food and beverage

Estimated cash needed is approx. 7000 JPY per person - Entrance fee: approx. 1500 JPY and Transportation cost: approx. 5500 JPY


This tour is not covered by insurance, so please make sure you are under your own insurance.

Cancellation Policy

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

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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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Reviews ( 31 )
4.7 (31) Reviews
Very Good
Brett Brett Canada ( Couple )
9 months ago

“ Very informative and interesting walking tour of Kyoto's South Higashiyama area ”

Katsuko met us after we had lunch in the South Higashiyama neighborhood, helpfully suggesting a place close to the restaurant to meet, and she took us on a 3-hour tour of the area that included multiple Buddhist temples, the Gion neighborhood, a Shinto shrine, and then ended at a shopping arcade in a convenient area for us to return to our hotel. Throughout the tour, Katsuko was very nice, very helpful in answering all of our questions, and very flexible when there were stores we wanted to visit, sights we wanted to see, or pictures we asked or she offered to take of my wife and I. After our tour, Katsuko proactively reached out us with ideas for our next day in Kyoto, even recognizing some sights that might be better to do on the rainy day that was forecasted. Thanks Katsuko for a l... read more


Dear Brett, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was a great pleasure for me to guide such a wonderful couple like yourselves. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko.

Elena Elena United States ( Couple )
11 months ago

“ Great Kyoto tour ”

My husband and I had Kyoto Japanize Gardens tour with Katsuko. We’ve learned about Katsuko from our friends who were taking her tour and recommended it to us. And we really enjoyed having time with Katsuko. As first time Japan visitors we had many questions about Japanize culture. Katsuko not just answered them, but adjusted the tour to show us something we expressed interest in. She took us to the place where we could experience making and tasting matcha tea. Her lunch recommendation was excellent and introduced us to some food we didn’t try before. We also appreciate that the pace of the tour was just right for us and we could select waking vs. riding. Katsuko is very knowledgeable person and you can feel her love to her country.


Dear Elena, Thank you very much for taking your time to write such a kind reivew. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the garden tour. It was a truly memorable day for me too, and I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki.

Damian Damian Ireland ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ A fantastic day in Kyoto in early September ”

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending a fantastic day with Katsuko in Kyoto in early September. The entire day was simply outstanding from start to finish. Katsuko's manner and professionalism is only matched by her knowledge and passion for the city. Katsuko organised a personal itinerary that covered all of our main interests as well as making some brilliant suggestion for our other days in Kyoto. A guide in Kyoto is a great way to get around and I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Katsuko's services. Thank you Katsuko and thank you Kyoto !


Dear Damian, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. I had such a great time with you and it was a memorable day for me too. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

Pat Pat Ireland ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Super Tour ”

Really interesting day, highlight for us was the tea ceremony hosted by the chief monk, with Katsuko acting as interpreter. Katsuko has great local knowledge as you would expect. We will certainly book her again on our next visit.


Dear Pat, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was my great pleasure to guide such a wonderful family like yourselves. I sincerely hope to see you again on your next visit. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

Angela Angela United States
1 year ago

“ Best visit to Kyoto with Katsuko ”

We booked a customized tour with Katsuko for Kyoto day tour. From the first time I contacted her through TripleLights website, she was prompt in her responses and with helpful suggestions. It was amazing to have an expert in Kyoto history and sights to guide us throughout the day. She knew the best places to get the best photos. I highly recommend her for the tour of Kyoto. I wish she was coming with us to Tokyo to show us around there as well!


Dear Angela, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was my great pleasure to guide you around Kyoto. It was really nice meeting you and I hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

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