Floating Temples of Lake Biwa

Everyone knows of the floating torii in Miyajima, but did you know Lake Biwa also has one? Join us on a railway trip past the mountains of Shiga in their red autumn coats to Shirahige Shrine and its floating torii, then to another floating temple and one of the Eight Classic Views of Omi. On the way back to Kyoto we’ll stop at an off-the-tourist-track atmospheric old shrine at the foot of Mount Hiei.


You may end the tour three ways: with an overnight stay at an onsen to experience an authentic Japanese ryokan and hot spring bath, with deluxe kaiseki dinner and breakfast; or a dinner cruise of Lake Biwa aboard the steamboat Michigan with wagyu beef buffet; or return to Kyoto Station with us, stopping along the way at a temple with its crimson pagoda ‘floating’ in a sea of crimson maple leaves. If you would like the onsen option please book at least 3-4 months ahead to be sure we can get you rooms.

No. Pax USD/pax
Availability November 14-December 9,2018 1-2 130.00
Maximum 10 persons 3-4 117.00
Duration ~8 hours 5-6 111.00
Starts from Kyoto Station 7-8 104.00
Inclusions facilitator, all transport, lunch, admission fees 9-10 98.00
Accessibility Stairs and hilly terrain
Temperature Expect 8-17 C

Add USD 30.00 to turn this into a photography tour.

Add USD 260.00 for overnight stay at an onsen ryokan (Japanese inn with hot spring baths). Includes kaiseki dinner and breakfast.

Add USD 80.00 for evening cruise of Lake Biwa, with steak dinner buffet.

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