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Harie --- Village of Springs

Highlights

  • Visit private homes of local people in Harie and see "kabata"
  • Interpretation from villagers about kabata and their lifestyle
  • Idyllic atmosphere of Harie village and around
  • Taste sake at Kawashima-Shuzo (sake brewery)
  • See traditional sensu-making by artisans at the atelier of Suita Sensu
  • Magnificent view of Biwa-ko and mountains from the train window

Description

The tour starts from JR Kyoto Station at 8:40 am (9:00 am at weekends and natinal holidays) and takes the JR Kosei line to Shin-asahi Station in the Takashima area, northwest of Lake Biwa. On most parts of 45 minutes' train ride, you can enjoy magnificent views of Lake Biwa and ranges of Mt. Hiei and Mt. Hira from the window.

Upon leaving Shin-asahi Station, we walk through rice fields and vegetable fields to Harie "Shozunosato (village of living water)". This small village has become noted in recent years for its unique lifestyle: each home has its own crystal-clear water spring called "kabata" which is used as both well and kitchen sink. We here join the 1.5 hrs neighbourhood walking tour guided by villagers to see kabata in private homes. Some local shops, temples and roadside springs are also visited. Experience their lifestyle respecting the blessings of nature with ever-flowing spring water.

After lunch at a local Japanese restaurant, we make our way to a 150-year-old sake brewery, Kawashima Shuzo. You will go behind the scenes and learn from the brewers how they make award-winning sake using locally-grown rice and pure spring water. After seeing the brewery, sake tasting waits for you!

The tour then heads south to Adogawa town by taxi. Here we drop at Suita Sensu, a traditional Japanese folding fan atelier ("sensu" in Japanese means a folding fan). Takashima area, where both Harie and Adogawa are located, is the country's largest production center of fan-bones (90% of domestic sensu products). We see some parts of sensu-making process with a brief explanation by artisans. After a 10-minute walk to Adogawa Station and following 40-minute ride on a JR train, the tour ends up at Kyoto Station at around 5:00 pm.

Itinerary

JR Kyoto Station (Departure)

Train

JR Shin-Asahi Station

Walk

Harie district
- Walking tour around Harie village guided by local people (about 1.5 hrs)
- Lunch
- Kawashima Shuzo

Taxi

Suita Sensu

Walk

JR Adogawa Station

Train

JR Kyoto Station (Return)

Tour includes

  • English-speaking tour conductor (licensed guide interpreter)
  • Admission fee for guided walking tour in Harie
  • Fare for all transportation listed above
  • Insurance
  • Local tax

Tour does NOT include

  • Lunch (Please take whatever you would like at the lunch venue)

Remarks

  • If you stay in Shiga Prefecture, our departure and return point may be changed into a more convenient place.
  • To secure a seat for the neighbourhood walking tour in Harie, early booking is recommended.
  • The neighbourhood walking tour may be held in a group with other individuals/groups.
  • Packing light and wearing comfortable walking shoes are recommended. On this tour we will walk 4-5 kilometers in total. A coin-operated locker is available at JR Kyoto Station.
  • Be sure to be prepared for all weather conditions depending on the season. It often snows in winter and the sunlight in summer is usually blazing. (During the neighbourhood walking tour, you can drink fresh water from ubiquitous kabata!)
  • A few more places may be visited in accordance with your request if time and other conditions allow.
  • Seats in public transportations are not guaranteed.
  • Itinerary may change without earlier notice due to weather and transport conditions or any unforeseen circumstance(s).

Gallery

Harie-Okawa river
Outdoor kabata "Help yourself!" Carps in a roadside stream Kabata sheltered in a shed
Water wheel in Harie "Baikamo", underwater buttercup grow only in clear water (best in June & July) Tofu cooled in kabata water
kids playing in a river Kawashima Shuzo (sake brewery) Suita Sensu (folding fan atelier)
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Price (per person):

No. of person(s)Price
1¥24,000
2-3¥18,000
4-5¥15,000
6-10¥13,500

Children under 5 are free of charge and not included in guest count.

Discounts!

  • ¥1,500pp off for adults with a valid JR pass
  • ¥2,000pp/¥1,000pp off for children aged 6-11 with/without a valid JR pass

Tour operates:

Every day except for Monday

Group size:

Minimum 1 / Maximum 10

Language:

English (and of course Japanese)


Meeting time:

8:40 am (Mon-Fri)
9:00 am (Sat, Sun, and National holidays)

Meeting point:

JR Kyoto Station (Next to the JR Information desk in the central concourse)  » MAP

Your tour conductor with a YUtour's logo card hung from his neck will be waiting to greet you.

Returning time:

5:00 pm approx.