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Bicycle Ride Tour - Lake Biwa and Hikone Castle

Tetsuya T.

5.00(4) reviews
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 3 people

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.

Meeting Point

At ticket gate of Nagahama Station

Cycling on the bicycle road alongside Lake Biwa

Visting Hikone Castle ( history museum, donjon, Japanese garden )

Experiencing Japanese powdered tea and sweet while enjoying the view of Japanese garden

Ending Point

At Nagahama Station

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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, admission, the guide's traffic fee to the meeting place, bicycle insurance

What‘s not included


Important Information

Because the guide does not live the major metropolitan cities, If a tour starts from Tokyo or Osaka, please consider covering accommodation and transportation costs for him.

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.

3) Knapsak

4) Eyewear

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Nina T.

Jan 24, 2020

Full day excursion in Toba

My group of 6 visited Toba on a private shore excursion with Ted. He was extremely knowledgeable with the area and guided us through the Ise Shrine on one of the busiest days of the year. We enjoyed a delicious local lunch and visited Mikimoto Island & the shops. Our tour went overtime but Ted was most gracious and stayed with us throughout the day without extra charges. He made sure we got back to our cruise dock to catch the last tender boat. We highly recommend Ted to all those visiting Toba & the surrounding areas. You will not be disappointed.

Tetsuya T.

Dear Nina-san, Thank you very much for your nice and warm comment. I also have enjoyed guiding you all to those areas. Ise-shrine was exceptionally crowded this year and so people were lining everywhere and moved slowly. I really appreciate your patience. Regarding the overtime, I just adjusted the closing time after finding the last departure time of tender boat, as the ship arrived at the port late in the morning. If you have a chance to visit Japan again, please remember my name as I handle not only Ise and Toba areas but also Chubu region and some Kansai areas too. I hope to see you all again in the future.

Wendy Y.

Jan 24, 2020

Informative and efficient tour to Ise Shrine, etc. from Toba

Tet did an excellent job touring our group of four from Toba to the Ise Shrine and market using public transportation. He provided good information about Shintoism and a comfortable pace to cover what we wanted to see. Tet speaks English well and is recommended for cruise passengers stopping in Toba.

Tetsuya T.

Dear Wendy-san, Thank you very much for your nice and warm comment. I truly enjoyed the guiding you to those areas. Only an unfortunate thing was Sengu-kan museum was closed on that date. If we had visited there, you could have easily drawn a clear picture on magnificent size and view of the main shinto building in Geku. If you have another chance to visit there, please visit it. Not only I handle Toba or Ise areas, but also I handle the areas in Chubu region although my tours on those areas are not listed in Triple Lights. But I am ready for those areas if you give me an inquiry. If you have chance to visit Japan again, I would really appreciate your remembering my name. I hope I can see you and your friends again in the future.


Rod B.

Nov 23, 2019

Tetsuya sans explanations of Shintoism

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.

Tetsuya T.

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


Andrew P.

Apr 24, 2018

Amazing service ...highly recommended!!!

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.

Tetsuya T.

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 !

$176/ per group

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