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Strictly Private Tours!
In addition to our featured tours, we’re also happy to show you more of our favorite local spots on a custom tour course. Go on a sacred mountain hike, visit an island sanctuary within Lake Biwa, and more. Flexible itineraries designed around your interests, and guided by our local experts for a truly special experience.
My friends and I went on the Half-Day Bike Tour around Maibara. The weather was perfect and the mountain bikes were high quality so it was easy to ride around. The tour was laid back and super fun with funny conversations. Our guide, Matsui-san, shared interesting information about the local area stopping here and there throughout the ride. If you like nature, culture, and exploring more rural areas this will definitely be up your alley. We highly recommend to any couple, family, or friends!
In Feb 2020 we arranged a private tour to Kinomoto. Thanks Biwako Backroads for a wonderful day. The pace of our schedule was perfect for us (50s), our guides knowledgeable and charming. This was one of our most interesting days in Japan, as we really felt we we experiencing local areas, sites and business that we would never have found on our own, and got to do it all with guides who spoke English and Japanese. We really felt we were able to have more interesting conversations as a result.
The tour was great! It was well designed, had a lot of different views, and was full of interesting information about the culture, history and local traditions. The bikes were of great quality and the guide was very friendly (and speaks good english too!). I strongly recommend that you do the tour if you are in the Maibara area.
A friend and I decided to go on the tour, not knowing what to expect from it. Turns out it was one of the highlights of our trip! The guide showed us things that we would have never seen otherwise, we were given homemade traditional snacks and beverages, we were lucky enough to see wild monkeys... We couldn't have asked for more! Definitely recommended.
Our Kinomoto tour was fantastic and a true highlight of our family trip to Japan. We especially enjoyed learning about brewing soy sauce at Daiko Shoyu plus seeing all the frogs and doing the pitch dark maze at Kinomoto Jizoin. Most of our trip was otherwise in large cities so it was rewarding to gain new perspective visiting this small town and interacting with local artisans. Our guide was excellent and provided insight and access we never would have discovered on our own. Highly recommended!
This tour is fantastic and a lot of fun. The guides are all very friendly and knowledgable about the area. If you're interested in having a more personal tour or having a more local experience in Japan this is a must do. Don't be afraid to ask your guide if you want to stop somewhere along the tour to take pictures or pop in a shop quickly
Tako is the main manager of the Biwako Backroads project as well as a fully licensed English guide. Aside from 11 years living in the US, Tako has spent most of her life in Shiga and is happy to share the local culture with you!
Yuta is an outdoor explorer at heart and local forestry worker by trade. He’s been a great help to our team as the resident nature and hiking guide, and having grown up nearby, he knows the local region very well.
Originally from Arkansas, Isaac has been a Shiga resident for many years now. His interests in culture, history and outdoor recreation made him a perfect fit for the team, and his Japanese is excellent too!
In addition to our primary guides, we also have a small network of friendly and knowledgeable guides providing back up and support as needed to ensure tour availability and a positive experience for our guests.
All questions welcome! To book a tour, please use the Booking Page form. Thanks, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!