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Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide

Discover Lake Biwa's Eastern Shores with a Local Guide - Hikone, Japan

Duration: 6 hours
Location: Hikone, Japan

From USD
$126.84

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 ... More info ›

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.

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MIHO Museum Tickets with Optional Mobile Hotspot Rental (Narita Airport Pickup)

MIHO Museum Tickets with Optional Mobile Hotspot Rental (Narita Airport Pickup) - Koka, Japan

Duration: 1 to 3 hrs
Location: Koka, Japan

From USD
$10.15

The Miho Museum opened in November 1997 amid the abundant natural beauty of the mountains of Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture. The collection started by the founder, Mihoko Koyama (1910 – 2003) is designed to fulfill her vision of promoting beauty, peace and joy through art ... More info ›

The Miho Museum opened in November 1997 amid the abundant natural beauty of the mountains of Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture. The collection started by the founder, Mihoko Koyama (1910 – 2003) is designed to fulfill her vision of promoting beauty, peace and joy through art. It includes a wide range of Japanese art, along with ancient art from areas such as Egypt, Western Asia, Greece, Rome, Southern Asia and China.

The approach to the museum was designed by architect I.M. Pei, who is renowned for works such as the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. Visitors travel down a walkway enveloped by cherry trees and pass through a tunnel and over a bridge before arriving at the museum. The design was inspired by the ethereal utopia described in the Taohua Yuan Ji (The Peach Blossom Spring), an ancient Chinese work written by Tao Yuanming. The work tells the tale of a fisherman who roams into a grotto after being drawn in by the fragrant scent of a forest of blossoming peach trees. Emerging from the other side, he finds an idyllic village of inhabitants who all live joyfully, and welcome the fisherman into their homes.

The Miho Museum has been conceived as a real-world version of this village. We hope you will enjoy the harmonious blend of natural beauty, architecture, art and food it provides amid a vibrant backdrop of seasonal colors.


Promoting Beauty, Peace and Joy Through Art

The Miho Museum’s collection started from the wide array of tea ceremony utensils, Shinto/Buddhist art, paintings/calligraphy, ceramics, lacquerware and other Japanese art that was collected sporadically over more than 40 years by the founder, Mihoko Koyama.

The collection eventually grew into a vision for an art museum, aligning with Koyama’s vision of promoting beauty, peace and joy through art. Meeting architect I.M. Pei turned this vision into reality, and the collection expanded to encompass ancient art from around the world.

The collection contains about 3,000 artworks from Japan and the ancient orient, of which 250 to 500 are on display at any given time.

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You also have the option to reserve the simplest solution for internet connection while your way to this attraction and traveling in Japan. Convenient pickup and drop-off at Narita Airport (counters are available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2). *1 One mobile hotspot can connect to up to 10 mobile devices and enjoy flat rate for unlimited data usage. *2 You can also return at any of the company's airport counters nationwide in Japan (NRT-Narita, HND-Haneda, KIX-Kansai, NGO-Chubu, CTS-Shinchitose, and FUK-Fukuoka airports).

This portable device is small enough to fit in your pocket, simple to set up, and easy to use. It is optimized for traveling in Japan and, if you have any questions, call the local English technical support for assistance!

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