A Winter Tour around Lake Yogo in Shiga




Lake Yogo is a mirror-like spot surrounded with community based forests in a secluded corner of Shiga. Though the district around the lake is often covered with fresh snow almost every day in sever winter season, the sceneries from the lakeside must give sightseers unique landscapes associated with genuine local cultures of Japan and folklores which have come down from more than 1,200 years ago.

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  • Shiga
  • 15,000 JPY
  • 6 Hours
  • 1 ~ 5 people


  • Meeting Point

    JR Yogo Station
  • The Visitor Center & the Fishing Pier for Lake Smelts
  • Rambling along the Small Hamlet of KAWANAMI, Seeing the Inhabitants' Daily Lives
  • Winter Landscape Seen from Shimaura (島浦), One of the Seven Best Spots around the Lake
  • Koyasu (子安)Temple Hall Enshrining the Deity of Mercy (地蔵菩薩)
  • The Stone of the Big Snake’s Eye and the Pillow Stone (枕石)
  • The Monument of Haiku Poem by Rotsu (路通), a Disciple of the Famous Haiku Poet Basho (芭蕉)
  • Frozen Lake Yogo with a Background of Snow-covered Yokoyama-dake Mountain (横山岳; 1,132 meters)
  • [Optional] Snowshoeing (walking through snow wearing "snow shoes") to the Relics of Shizugatake Battle (賤ヶ岳合戦) in the Age of Provincial Wars (1583 AD)
  • Ending Point

    JR Yogo Station or JR Kinomoto Station (if guests visit the Relics of Shizugatake Battle)

What to Expect

The 6 hours’ course, in which sightseers can enjoy representative winter landscapes around the Lake. Though they have relatively heavy snow there due to incessantly falling snow in the cold season, the walking road along the lake is usually cleared away. Sightseers call in many spots associated with folklores there and the history-changing battle at the village in chilling but finely “honed” air. That severe weather may look nice in such a genuine Japanese culture and the big event that feudal warlords had to fight at the risk of their lives.

Inclusions & Exclusions


Guide Fee


1) Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists): Less than 1,500 (One Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum.

2) Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists): Less than 500 (Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum.


Important Information

1) The tour consists of 6 hours walking excursion, basically starting from 10:00 AM to 16:00 (4:00 PM), including 1 hour lunch.

2) Meeting & “Good-bye” Place:

  • 10:00 AM at JR Yogo Station (Tour start)
  • 4:00 PM at JR Yogo Station (Tour end)

3) Lunch: A Set Menu of Local Foods from 12:00 AM to 1:00 PM

4) Peak Season: The destination spots may slightly change due to seasonal situation, after getting an approval from the guests

5) Longer or shorter Excursion time and other specific regions are available, on your request.


[Cancellation Policy]
1) Free cancellation – 10 days prior to meeting time
2) 50% Refund – 9 to 3 days prior to meeting time
3) No Refund – Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

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 by Ramon on KOHOKU Tour
We are very fortunate and blessed to have met you, Yoshi!

(1) July, 07 (Wed.)

That would be perfectly fine to send the pictures when you are ready. We will definitely let you know. That was a very nice article on your website. Leia especially thanks you for your kind compliments. We will take note of your recommendations for Nara and Osaka. We are very fortunate and blessed to have met you. Ramon, Leia and Victor

(2) July, 12 (Fri.)

Good morning from North Carolina, Yoshi-San,
We are safely home and are reminiscing our wonderful trip to Japan. Thank you for making our visit to Kyoto so memorable. We learned so much from you.

I finally downloaded all your photos of us. Thank you for these memories. I appreciate that you labeled the photos with the places they were taken.

With much gratitude,
Ramon, Leia and Victor

Ramon san, Leia san and Victor san. Good evening. It was a HEAT day today in Kyoto, too! Incredible! You selected Sapporo ramen, didn't you? That's very good! When you visit Nara and Osaka tomorrow, do not miss to see Ashura, a guardian god of Hachi Bushu (or Eight Legions, Protectors of Buddhist Teachings) in Buddhism, at the national treasure house of Kofuku-ji temple. And you must be amazed to see the HUGE power of Hideyoshi, when you visit Osaka-jo castle! Please enjoy! Yoshi

 by John Gutierrez on KOHOKU Tour
Thank you, Yoshi!!

Hi, Yoshi! I just got home and did receive the photos. Thank you again and have a good rest of your week.


John san, Juan san, Ana san and Sophia san, good day!I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettably good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you. I'll never forget the nicest family.From YoshiJuly 02 (Tue.), 2024; 11: 44 AM

 by Joe on KOHOKU Tour
Great tour, Yoshi!

Hi, Yoshi
We got back fine.
All of us had a great time. That's a very authentic trip. :)

Good day. I was so lucky and glad to know that you kindly selected the bike tour. (I wonder if you've already left Japan for your home country?) As I mentioned before, this tour was the first time for me. So, I have been worried that you might think all the spots in the KOHOKU area were just provincial and not so interesting. I've been so nervous too,since I'm a very amateurish and awkward tour guide. I felt extremely happy when I heard the young man told me at Yogo sta. that the tour was fantastic, especially the view from the mountain and the refreshing air when bikingalong the lake. I know the word is quite flattering, but we were really lucky enough to have acceptable weather,since we have almost entered into the long rainy season.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettably good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you. I'll never forget the nicest group.From YoshiJun.17th (Mon.), 2024; 21:14

 by Nancy on KOHOKU Tour
Thank you, Yoshi san!

Dear Yoshi san,

No words can convey to you how much we appreciate all the work you have put in the tour you gave us of your home country Kyoto, Japan. We most grateful for your guidance in imparting all your knowledge of the places we visited.

We are glad that you enjoyed our most humble gifts. The NY Yankee hat and the tote bag was selected because it was a reminder from your friends from New York. And the tote bag was selected because the pictures depicts some of the most iconic buildings around NY. And of course, the New York Times items were related to Lindsey san’s work place. Since we have little knowledge of sake, we hope you will enjoy the home brew one you unwittingly helped us select 😉.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts ❤️ for the most wonderful tour of your home country, and all the time and effort you have put in for us. We will not forget the wonderful time we had together and please stay in touch!

Most sincerely,
Nancy Mui Chew

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I got the message this evening from one of the family members.It might be true that we were really lucky not to encounter any troubles and fully enjoyed ourselves during the 2 days' tour, but I haven't expected it at all to get such a heart-felt mail to this amateurish tour guide.I'm now thinking that a person who has to show an attitude of gratitude is I, not the guests....I mean, thanks to this nice opportunity, I was able to study a lot about the destinations and / or delve into the historical background, which must become useful knowledge for my guiding skill in the future. Thank you for your nice souvenirs to me from NYC, too. I will use all of them with deep care...I'd be really happy if your first visit to this Far Eastern country this time will become a good inspiration to have more interest in its history and culture.

 by Joan To san on KOHOKU Tour
It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories!!

Hi Yoshi

Thank you for everything. It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories. We really appreciate it.

Thank you very much for the pictures and yes go ahead and use as you please.

Hi, all the To san's family members.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettable good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you.I'll never forget the handsome families.From YoshiApr., 02 (Tue.), 2024

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