Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide

Tours & Sightseeing in Japan
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Tour description

On this 6-hour walking tour, discover the eastern shores of Lake Biwa, also known as the 'Koto' area, the historical home of Nobunaga Oda, a warrior who is famous for starting what led to the unification of Japan during the 16th century. Gain deep insight from your local guide and learn how this area is also famous for being central to the development of Japan's commercial industries, playing a vital role in Japan's early modern period. Enjoy personalized attention in this small group tour, limited to a maximum of 12 people.

At 9am, meet your local guide at JR Hikone Station.As you set off on your tour, listen as your guide explains how Hikone is home to Hikone Castle, built by the Ii family who supported the Tokugawa Shogunate. Your guide also introduces you to the powerful merchant class that was based in Omihachiman, and you get to see the town’s tower (designated a national treasure) and a magnificent stone wall.Enter Hikone Castle and enjoy its daimyo (a Japanese lord's) garden. The castle’s foundation has maintained its shape for approximately 400 years. This is one of Japan's best-loved castles, and if you are here during the cherry blossom season, you are in for a real treat. It is also a special site to see Hikone Castle appear to be floating above the lake as its reflection is cast by the moonlight.Enjoy the charm of the city of Omihachiman. Hachiman moat, which you can walk along or view from a boat, is a well-known location for warring state period dramas in Japan, particularly for those taking place in the Edo Era (mid-1600s to mid-1800s).View the Hachiman moat, Lake Biwa, Azuchi Castle from the summit of Hachimanyama, which towers behind the moat. You will see both the ruins and streets of Omihachiman, as well as the lush countryside and sweeping views over the eastern shoreline. Benefit from the knowledge that only a local has, as you are shown the area’s treasures by a guide who is intimately familiar with the charms, rich natural beauty, and illustrious history of the Koto area. Delicious food comes with the territory, and your guide will be happy to recommend a restaurant.Your tour concludes back at the train station.Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

What's included

  • Professional guide

What's not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from Hikone
  • Gratuities


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour