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Private day tours around Lake Biwa!

Welcome to Japan! YUtour specialises in organising unique private day tours around Biwa-ko (Lake Biwa) or Shiga-ken (Shiga prefecture) in Kansai region. We also custom-build interesting tour itineraries for you and provide other various services to help make your holiday a memorable, enjoyable experience. Join us and enjoy your time here!

Lake Biwa and Shiga-ken

Shiga-ken is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan that embraces Japan's largest lake Biwa-ko. It is easily accessible from the urban centre of Kansai, especially from Kyoto --- just a quick 10 minute trip by JR (Japan Railway) brings you to this beautiful prefecture.

Shiga Map

Shiga is one of the nation's best places to see a mixture of history, culture and nature. One distinguish feature of the prefecture is its wealth of historic assets. Both as a neighbouring prefecture of the former capital, Kyoto, and as a junction between eastern and western Japan, Shiga has been a theatre of many historic national events for thousands of years. Consequently, the prefecture today has the third and fourth highest number of buildings registered as National Treasure and National Cultural Asset respectively. This unique location provides a lot of important temples, Shinto shrines, castles (most are ruins) and other historical sites scattered around Biwa-ko and its surrounding mountains.

Another significant feature is the abundance of nature. Although Shiga is an inland prefecture enclosed by mountains, Biwa-ko and hundreds of rivers flow into it create the landscape boasting plenty of water throughout the area. Along the western and northern shore of Biwa-ko, white sandy beaches lined with pine trees stretches on and on. 1,000 metres-high mountain ranges constantly change their colours between lush greens in spring, red and yellows in autumn, and whites in winter. It is no wonder that Shiga maintains a reputation as one of the key centres for outdoor activities in Kansai attracting urban residents seeking an easy weekend escape from their hectic city days.

Inevitably, Shiga's long list of attractions and activities will ensure that you want to take it all in. Lovely temples in a quiet forest, peaceful villages surrounded by rice fields, majestic mountain ranges and the glistening magnificence of Biwa-ko --- all these expericneces will make your days in Japan more colourful and unforgettable!