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.