One Day Bike Tour around Yogo, an Old Home of Japan in Shiga

 

滋贺县余吴乡村自行车骑行一日游

滋贺县余吴乡村自行车骑行一日游

Lake Yogo, alias “Mirror Lake” is a northernmost attraction in Shiga pref. Literally, it looks like a natural mirror on a calm day, perfectly reflecting surrounding mountains. The one day tour takes you to representative spots associated with impressive folklores about the lake and its vicinity. We can also visit the stage of the fierce historical battle of Shizugatake of the Provincial Wars.

Around Lake Yogo

Kawanami Hamlet

Kinomoto, a Post Station & Temple Town

Shizugatake Battle Field

Niu Valley

Woody Pal Yogo

 

Overview

  • Shiga
  • 20,000 JPY
  • 8 Hours
  • 1 ~ 5 people
 

Itinerary

  • Meeting Point

    JR Yogo Station
  • The Willow Tree that the Angel Hung Her Plumage (From “Plumage Legend”)
  • Koyasu Temple Hall Enshrining the Deity of Mercy
  • The Stone of the Big Snake’s Eye (From Princess Kikuishi Legend)
  • Hydrangea Garden (From June to July)
  • The Monument of Haiku Poem by Rotsu, a Disciple of the Famous Haiku Poet Basho
  • Cherry Flowers around the Lake (From Late Mar. to Early Apr.)
  • Kinomoto Guardian Deity for the Folks (Big Jizo Budda)
  • Shizugatake Old Battlefield
  • Woody Pal Yogo
  • Niu Valley
  • Tojyuin Temple
  • Zencho-ji Temple (If Time Permitted)
  • Ending Point

    JR Yogo Station

What to Expect

The one day course around Yogo (approx., 8 hours) consists of the following 2 major courses;

1) Morning Course
We can enjoy representative landscapes around the Lake, some of which are associated with the folklore descended from more than 1,200 years ago, and others are historical stages, especially in the midst of the age of Provincial Wars (1583). We climb up to the summit of Mt. Shizugatake (an old battlefield) too by a lift, from where we can see the fantastic vista of both Lake Biwa and Lake Yogo.

2) Afternoon Course
We can reach to Woody Pal Yogo (Camping resorts), idyllic mountainous hamlets which are deeply covered with snow in winter, and Tojyuin temple (Famous Zen Temple) along the Niu Valley.

If the weather and time permits, we can go to Zencho-ji temple (one of the high-ranked Zen temples in KOHOKU area) and The Grave of loyal Menjyu Brothers as well.
The biking road has a steep pitch, so it may be a bit tough for old tourists or primary schoolers. The total distance is about 50km. We can take lunch at Woody Pal Yogo.
[Note] Both 1) and 2) are to be cancelled if it heavily rains.

Inclusions & Exclusions

[Inclusions]

Guide Fee

[Exclusions]

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

2) Bicycle Rental and Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists): Less than 1,000 (One Thousand) JPY Each at a Maximum.

   

Important Information

1. Basically 7 days a week

2. Bicycle Rental: At JR Yogo Sta. (500 JPY / 1 day・1 person)

3. One Day Course Schedule:

8:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
5:00 PM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)

4. Lift service for the summit of Mt. Shizugatake is available as follows; From 23, Apr., to 30, Nov. (Round-trip: 900 JPY)
(Others: Out of service)

5. In a case of Rainy weather: Only a Half Day Course (Morning Course) is available.
A tourist has to prepare a rain apparel by him/herself.
Half Day Course Schedule
9:00 AM at JR Yogo Sta. Start
1:00 PM at JR Yogo Sta. Arrive (Tour end)

Remark

[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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Reviews

 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

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. :)
Thanks,


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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