Adventures in Otsu: Nature, Culture, Temples, Tea, & Food

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Duration
6 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Embark on a 6-hour walking tour of Otsu, a picturesque region surrounded by nature and imbued with culture. Visit key landmarks, historical sites, a Japanese tea house, temple, stop for lunch, & more.
Highlights
Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of a traditional Japanese town, where time-honored stores have thrived for more than a century.
Marvel at the breathtaking vista of Otsu Hyakucho and Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, from the vantage point of Miidera Temple.
Admire the enduring beauty of hand-painted Otsu artworks, preserving their Edo period charm throughout the ages.
Indulge your senses in the delectable flavors of tea, confections, pickles, and other gourmet delights offered by Otsu's venerable establishments.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Discover the wonders of Otsu on this 6-hour walking tour led by an expert guide. Otsu boasts an array of attractions, including Lake Biwa, Mount Hira, and Mount Hiei. With a history spanning over 1350 years, Otsu flourished during the Edo period as a bustling port town along the Lake Biwa waterway. Sights and stops… Ogawa House: Explore an intriguing townhouse with an unusual design. Originally built at the end of the Edo period, it underwent alterations in the early Showa period and is a sight for anyone who appreciates design and architecture. Nakagawa Seiseido Tea Store: Uncover the history of Japanese tea, said to have its roots in Otsu, where Saicho, credited with introducing tea seeds from China in 805, laid the foundation for Japanese tea cultivation. Mochihyo: Satisfy your sweet tooth at this esteemed Japanese confectionery store dating back to the Edo period. Monument of the Otsu Incident: Visit the site of the historic ‘Otsu Incident; an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Russian Crown Prince Nicholas in 1891 on his visit to Japan. Fuda-no-Tsuji: Step back in time as you explore Fuda no Tsuji, the junction of the Hokkoku Kaido and Tokaido roads. This area once teemed with transporters, peddlers, innkeepers, and travelers. Lunch: Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Options include Omi beef (a Shiga specialty), a Japanese set meal, and more. Yaoyo: A store that sold pickles to the Imperial Household Agency in the 1850s. Today, it displays valuable historical materials. Otsu-e no Mise: Immerse yourself in the world of Otsu-e, folk paintings that originated in the early Edo period. Miidera Temple: Explore Miidera Temple, the head temple of Tendaijimonshu and one of Japan's four great temples since ancient times, and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Biwa. Nagara Sabo: Conclude your day at Nagara Sabo, a monk's quarters converted into a tea house during the Edo period.
Inclusions
English-speaking guide
One local souvenir (wagashi)
Entrance fee to Miidera temple
Tax
Meal: Ojyu Course or Steak Bowl with salad and soup and sorbet
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the experience location
Additional purchases made outside of those included in the experience
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The north exit of JR Otsu Station
Remarks
Please note this is a 6-hour walking tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes & attire
Please note that there may be changes to the places we stop by depending on the working days of the stores
The tour will not be held on Sundays due to store closure (Sunday is a common closure day)

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Dominated by Japan’s largest lake, this prefecture offers a wealth of culture around its shores, as well as some of the best freshwater fish in the country.
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Earliest available date: March 6, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals