Lake Biwa, Gujo-Hachiman, and Shirakawa-go One Way Day Trip from Osaka

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  • Travel from Osaka to the northeast of Kyoto to see Lake Biwa, Japan's largest and oldest freshwater lake
  • From the shores of the lake, you'll get to marvel at the majestic torii gate standing in its center
  • Visit the quaint town of Gujo Hachiman, which is known for being the center of food replicas in the country
  • For a price, you can experience creating a wax replica of your favorite Japanese dish for you to take home
  • Stroll around Ogimachi Village at Shirakawa-go and take pictures of the hundred Gassho-zukuri houses
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  • Ismawati 6 Mar 2019
    It was a great experienced. Though it was quite rushing, our guide, Mr Taka, was very patient with us. He even helped us to arranged the route back to Osaka.

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  • Lake Biwa, Gujo-Hachiman, and Shirakawa-go Day Trip

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    • Bus from meet up locations to the activity spots
    • An English-speaking conductor
    • Lunch at a Gujo-Hachiman restaurant
    • Food sample making experience

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What To Expect

Venture beyond Osaka to see the wonders of rural Japan. Begin your tour by visiting the gorgeous Lake Biwa, the county's largest and oldest freshwater lake that serves as home to thousands of plants and animals. You can take scenic photos of the lake's expanse, marvel at the incredible torii gate that stands in the middle of the lake, and revel in the soothing sounds of its rippling waters. After a relaxing time strolling by the lake, you'll be taken to the quaint and humble town of Gujo Hachiman, characterized by its many canals and waterways. If you're lucky, you might get to see the locals wash their vegetables or do their laundry using the many fountains in the town. Gujo Hachiman is also the center of food replica production in the country. If you have money to spare, you can experience creating a wax replica of your favorite Japanese dish to commemorate this trip. To cap off this adventure, you'll spend some time in the Ogimachi Village at Shirakawa-go where you can admire the hundreds of Gassho-zukuri houses that are lined up inside it. These houses have a peculiar roof design that's said to resemble the clasped hands of a monk in prayer. This trip is a must for those who want to learn about Japanese culture beyond the country's cities.

lake biwa from osaka, lake biwa area
Venture beyond Osaka to see the gorgeous Lake Biwa and marvel at its wide expanse and sublime azure hue
osaka to gujo hachiman, gujo hachiman the water city
Explore the streets of the quaint town of Gujo Hachiman, the country's center of food replica production
shirakawago osaka, osaka to shirakawa go village
Visit the world heritage site of Shirakawa-go and admire the Gassho-zukuri houses lined up at Ogimachi Village
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Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • 7:30am pick up at Osaka Umeda, Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda
  • 8:00am pick up at Osaka Namba OCAT
  • 9:00am pick up at Kyoto Avanti
  • 9:25am-9:40am visit Lake Biwa
  • 10:50am-11:10am visit Yoro Rest Area (Seki Knives Shopping at your own expense)
  • 12:20pm-1:40pm visit Gujo-Hachiman, have lunch, and experience making a food replica
  • 3:10pm-4:30pm visit Shirakawa-go
  • 5:20pm arrive at Takayama Station (trip ends)
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 3-12
  • Children aged 0-2 can join the trip for free so long as they don't require any meals and seats. If they require those, you'll have to book a child ticket for each
  • Meal wiithout meat and halal meals are offered but must be requested at the time of booking at the checkout page
  • The itinerary is subject to change depending on the traffic conditions or any other uncontrollable situations at the date of your trip. For this reason, the operator will not cancel the tour or issue any refunds
  • Each participant can't bring more than 2 suitcases. If you're bringing 1 suitcase, the length, height, and width must be less than 155cm; if you're bringing 2 suitcases, the length, height, and width for both must be less than 240cm
  • It's highly recommended that you purchase insurance before booking this tour
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  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only for the trip date specified

Meet Up Information:

  • Please arrive at your chosen pick up point 15 minutes before your departure time. The bus will leave on time. The tour won't be canceled for latecomers and no-shows; no refunds will be issued
  • The trip conductor will be holding a yellow LIMON sign at the meeting locations
Osaka Umeda, Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda
  • Meet Up Time: 7:30am
  • Address: 3 Chome-3-55 Umeda, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0001, Japan
  • How to get there: 5-10 min walk from JR Line Osaka Station, Sakurabashi Exit; you may refer to this map or the Google Map link for directions
Osaka Namba OCAT
  • Meet Up Time: 8:00am
  • Address: 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0017, Japan
  • How to get there: OCAT is directly connected with JR Line Namba Station
Kyoto Avanti
  • Meet Up Time: 9:00am
  • Address: Higashikujo Nishisannocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8003, Japan
  • How to get there: 2-5 min walk from JR Kyoto Station Hachijo, East Exit; you may refer to this map or the Google Map link for directions

LIMON sign

Tour conductor

Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the activity
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Reviews (7) 4.7
  • LENG LENG 20 Mar 2019
    We enjoyed this tour from Osaka-Lake Biwa -Gujo Hachima-Shirakawago village, as well as the drop off point at Takayama. This is a daily tour and we were very lucky that only 4 of us booked this tour on that day the and tour operator was still using limousine coach with a nice lady tour guide that guided us for the entire journey, she is super friendly and compromising, this tour are included a delicious lunch too. My kids love making food samples and play snow in Shirakawago village After which, we will drop off at Takayama between 5pm to 5.30pm to end our tour . And we self-arranged to stay 2 nights in Takayama . If you stay in Takayama , you must go to Shinhotaka mountain during winter period, definitely you will not regret.
  • Ismawati 6 Mar 2019
    It was a great experienced. Though it was quite rushing, our guide, Mr Taka, was very patient with us. He even helped us to arranged the route back to Osaka.
  • Ayudiah 26 Feb 2019
    very recomended a day tour, the tour guide very kind and explain all, when we visiting shirakawa go, not to crowd. for making food replica its cute.. lunch we pick halal menu,
  • Claudine 2 Jan 2019
    A little bit tiring coz of long trip but overall, superb experience!
  • Linda 9 Dec 2018
    The tour leader is very helpful and friendly. We made a mistake didn't know is a one way tour and tour leader makes an effort explaining and helping us to get tickets back to osaka. The entire trip is not bad but abit too expensive only visiting 2 places and 1 lunch included.
  • Hui Peng 2 Apr 2019
    The tour guide is a Japanese who can speak English. Actually, we arrived at the gathering place. It was a little surprised, only two of us! Although it is two people, but the service is very thoughtful, the explanation has a commentary, the arrival of the arrival has arrived, in the end we because we do not have other group members, so like a chartered car, do whatever you want to the next attraction, early At the end of the tour guide, we will not throw us at the mountain station. He will take us to buy tickets to the place we want to arrive. On the way, we will also refer to the fastest and most economical way to return to the hotel.
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  • huigui 12 Mar 2019
    The tour guide is very responsible. The county’s gossip is suitable for slow life. If there is no snow in Shirakawa, the scenery is average.
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