Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

Cultural & Theme Tours in Japan
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Tour description

Visit and experience a local village’s lifestyle and food culture where terraced rice fields, continuously cultivated for 1300 years, cascade down the mountains as far as the eye can see. First, take a stroll to visit the local shrine while surrounded by the beautiful views with Lake Biwa glimmering far below. The friendly and good-natured farming couple that hosts the mochi rice cake-making experience will welcome you wholeheartedly. They will demonstrate mochi rice cake making following the traditional method using homegrown rice. Freshly pounded with your own hands, they will taste exceptionally delicious.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ogura Shrine, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Kinki Legend tells us that when a severe drought hit the village, the emperor enshrined the Shinto spirit of rain there. Soon, spring water started running from the exact same location saving many peoples’ lives. We will first visit Ogura shrine where the spirit is said to reside. A big festival is held here in May, just before the rice planting, to pray for a good harvest. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Tour du Lac Biwa, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Kinki After taking a stroll through the rice terraces in the area, we will visit the local rice farmer’s house. There, we will experience exciting Mochi rice cake-making. Also for lunch, the farmer will demonstrate how to cook Sukiyaki in front of you, so participate and learn. Duration: 3 hours

What's included

  • Mochi Rice Cake making & Lunch cooking class
  • Taxi fare
  • English-speaking local tour guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Tour du Lac Biwa

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Drinks/bottled water
  • Train fee to/from JR Ogotoonsen station


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Small group ensures personal service