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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

  • A great choice for visitors wanting an authentic local experience 
  • Learn Mochi rice cake making, with a guide to translate for you
  • Access local towns like Ogi, that would be difficult to get to alone
Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making
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Kyoto pick up is not included. Meet our tour conductor at JR Ogotoonsen Station.
Tour + JR Kyoto Station pickup
JR Kyoto Station pickup is included in the price. Drop-off is at JR Ogotoonsen Station. Meet our tour conductor in front of the West Gate (2nd floor) of JR Kyoto Station at 9:15 am.

Immerse yourself in Japanese traditions, by getting access to the countryside, with a private guide. You’ll visit smaller towns and villages that tourists don’t usually go to, and have an authentic experience of life as a local farmer. You’ll learn how to make ‘mochi’ (rice cakes) with a guide with you for commentary and translation. You’ll also visit rice fields, a shrine and learn about Japanese rituals.

What to Expect

After meeting your guide at a pre-arranged spot, you'll travel together in a taxi to Ogi village, set in the Japanese countryside. You’ll learn about the local agriculture, as you walk through the rice fields, which date back 1,300 years. Understand the importance of Shintoism to Japanese people by visiting Ogura shrine.

A highlight of the day is visiting a local rice farmer’s house. You’ll be handed a giant mallet, and take part in a mochi rice cake making lesson. As you bash steaming sticky rice, it’ll begin to form into dough for rice cakes. You’ll learn about the local way of making mochi (with fermented soy beans), and you’ll also watch some other cooking preparations too. The local farmer will make sukiyaki (a type of hot pot with meat and vegetables) and tell you about local Japanese life. The tour will end at JR Ogotoonsen station.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018
Highlight of 2 week trip to Japan

My wife and I and our children, spent 2 weeks in Japan and spent most of our time in Kyoto with a couple of days in Tokyo as well as some day trips to Nara, etc. We loved the trip, but the most memorable day...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We were so glad to be able to host the tour after the long rain. Thank you very much for your patience. We would have liked you to enjoy the tour at most so this great feedback means a lot to us. We hope your...More

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Magic experience, highly recommended!

We (my boyfriend and I) took the mochi making + lunch tour in April. This tour was one of our highlights in Japan. It was absolutely magic, a very beautiful experience. Even we had already visited many shrines and temples in Koyasan, Nara and Kyoto,...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Thank you very much for joining us and posting the wonderful comment on our tour. It was our pleasure having you as our guest. The mochi surely tastes great after the "workout" and the farm-to-table lunch with fresh vegetables are so delicious even for us...More

Reviewed 24 June 2018
Highlight of our visit to Japan

What an amazing and unique experience--my husband and I highly recommend this tour. Before we arrived, we were contacted by Tour du Lac so that our visit could be personalized to match our interests and tastes. We were met by our guide Misako at the...More

Thank LisaandSteven
LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time out to post this wonderful review. We are glad to hear that Misako was able to make your day a memorable one, and got our local small shrine's stamp on your Goshuin book. We hope to offer...More

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Highlight of my visit to Japan

This was an absolutely delightful day. Our guide, Misako san was excellent. She obviously loves this region of Japan and was eager to pass along her knowledge. She has a passion to preserve the traditions of Japan and the Shiga region. Misako san took us...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Hi, mmason2018-san. We are so happy to hear that you spent a great day despite the "workout" before eating yummy Mochi...! We know the hummer is too heavy for ladies but it certainly makes Mochi more delicious. Misako is an excellent tour attendant and we...More

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Incredible, authentic experience!

My husband and I absolutely loved this tour. Hiromi and Saori were the most accommodating and pleasant hosts. You could really feel how committed and passionate they are about preserving local traditions and sharing them with visitors. The destination was a breeze to get to...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Thank you so much for posting such a wonderful review on TripAdvisor! It is really encouraging for us all, and we will certainly work harder to go beyond expectations of our future participants who read your review. All the food are carefully prepared by the...More

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