Private Lake Biwa Tour from Kyoto

Day Trip

Katsuko O.

4.77(31) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
9 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.


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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kyoto city


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


Lake Biwa Cruise to Chikubu Island

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


Chikubu Island

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


Lake Biwa Cruise to a castle town

Lake Biwa Cruise to either Nagahama or Hikone




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


Back to Kyoto city center by train

Ending Point

Kyoto station

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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

Important Information

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



Brett P.

Jan 11, 2020

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 lovely tour!

Katsuko O.

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 B.

Nov 21, 2019

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.

Katsuko O.

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 M.

Sep 17, 2019

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 !

Katsuko O.

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 C.

Sep 3, 2019

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.

Katsuko O.

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

$274/ per group