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The villages of Kouga Ninja, Shigaraki pottery and Sake brewery

9 Hours
up to 7 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

There are many genuine Sake breweries in Shiga. Koka city is one of the two most famous districts for Ninja as well as Iga city. The Ninja house was built about 300 years ago .It displays some gears and weapons actually used by Ninja allowing you to have experience intelligence and crafty skills. Shigaraki pottery has a long history and famous for its cute raccoon dog "Tanuki"


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  • Shigaraki pottery area ,Koka Ninja yashiki ,Sake brewery ( tea fields)

  • Oumi beef lunch, Real Ninja house, Sake tasting (tea tasting)

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM
Meeting Point At Kyoto station or Kusatu station
Ending Point At Kusastu station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (shigaraki kougen railroad ¥1080 per person , you and guide)
Taxi charge about¥ 7000
entrance fee( Ninja house ¥700 per person, you and guide)
Hands on making pottery's wheel fee¥1000 per person


*This tour is not available from 20th of December to 20th of March.
This area is rural. There are only a few means of public transportation. You need leeway of time.
We sometimes take a taxi,too.Taxi charges are more expensive than other areas.
You need to prepare the amount of Japanese yen you will need on your trip in cash as our area does not always have machines available to use..
You need to remove your shoes at the Ninja yasiki and the sake brewery.
This area is colder than Osaka and Kyoto, dress warmly.

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.

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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?

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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 ( 40 )
4.7 (40) Reviews
Very Good
Helen Helen Australia ( Friends )
1 year ago

“ Super guide ”

Mana arrived early and was very flexible as we changed some plans because of the rain and closures. She provided us with a fascinating day and we saw a lot - Byodoin Temple, shrines, a textile centre, and she even helped us find a restaurant where one of our party could eat GF food. Her knowledge of Kyoto and environs, transport and culture is very good. Thank you Mana for a wonderful day! Helen and Betty


Dear Helen and Betty. I was so relieved to get your review. Because I heard Australian Prime Minister had banned the nation to travel abroad as many people have the Coronavirus overseas. So I was worried about your safe return.Thank you very much for choosing to come to Japan and giving me beautiful souvenirs and a five star rating.It’s getting cold , take care of your health.

Michelle Michelle United States ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Mana was EXCELLENT and truly made our trip to Kyoto a wonderful memory. ”

Mana was an excellent tour guide. She was extremely patient with our family of 4 (2 kids ages 15 & 12). I am still surprised at how much she was able to fit into our day. There is absolutely NO way we would've been able to see 1/2 of what she was able to share with us. While she is from Kyoto, she speaks English quite well. She made sure to cover all of our wishes despite it being a very busy day in Kyoto (Jan 2nd). We saw beautiful temples, shrines, bamboo forest, monkeys (she's in great shape by the way - we requested to see the monkeys and it was quite a hike up the mountain), shopping, Gion,etc. She knew the buses and trains very well. My husband and I were very relieved we didn't have to figure it out. She also, made sure we knew of the special local stores for matcha, treats, bambo... read more


Dear Michelle. Thank you so much for taking time and a wonderful review. It was very nice to hear from you because some shops were closed during New Year week. You have such a nice and fun family! I hope to see you again!!

Daniel Daniel Japan ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Accomplish what ever you want to do in Kyoto! ”

Mana is efficient, helpful and completely professional. We had 5 tourist activities in Kyoto in 8 hours, including seeing the (snow) monkeys and she helped us accomplish them all and even more. She is knowledgeable and was helpful at all attractions, as well as recommended an excellent restaurant for lunch. Mana is extreme fit so be prepared for a brisk work out in trekking all around Kyoto.


Dear Daniel. Thank you very much for your great review. I enjoyed happy talking with you all the way to the end of the tour. Please come again Kyoto in autumn color season. MANA

Chris Chris United States ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Mana was wonderful ”

Mana was our guide for two of us (Americans - father and 11 year old son). She came up with a plan to help us make the most of our one day in Kyoto and was great about guiding us through and teaching us about Kyoto sites! I found her English was fine and I would recommend to others! Thanks so much Mana!


Dear Chris.Thank you for giving me five stars. Although it was rainy and cold this end of the year, I hope you enjoyed your tour here in Kyoto despite of the crowd and time constraints. You are very much welcome with your son in coming back here with the 10 yen coin.

Richard Richard Australia ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Kyoto Tour ”

An excellent itinerary. Went at a good pace. Saw a lot. Mana showed good judgement on what to do, what to explain, and how to get around. Went on around 10 subway trains and buses. Kinkakuji temple and Arashiyama were highlights. As were the special streets in Kyoto one would struggle to find by oneself.


Dear Richard.You are full of positive energy and nice. I appreciate that very much.I could proceed my tour 1.5 times faster than usually. Also, I could enjoy talking to your daughters and son which made me very happy.The weather was very good, but it's winter so you could not see all the beauty of Japan.I am looking forward to seeing you in Japan in spring or autumn. Please come to us again. Thank you.

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