Over View

Required time – approx. 6.5 hours (Travel time – approx. 45 minutes) Distance traveled – approx. 2.5 km.
Intermediate Course
In the past, Lake Biwa was ruled by the kozoku, or lake people who managed the arrival and export of goods to the Katata area. This private cycling tour guides you through the charming town roads and includes a visit to the Kozoku no Sato Museum (Katata Lake People Museum) where you can learn about the history of the area.


•Guided cycling tour ※English speaking guides available
•Visit the floating pavilion and symbol of Lake Biwa, Ukimido (Mangetsu-ji Temple), and enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Biwa from the Lake Biwa Ohashi Bridge, the largest bridge in Shiga.

Reccomended points

Explore the local sweet shops popular with locals.
Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Biwa from the Lake Biwa Ohashi Bridge Observation Point.


Check-in at O’PAL
Safety briefing                                          

Visit the “Floating Pavilion”・Stroll through the town of the “kozoku.”
Biwako Oohashi Bridge Observation Point Outdoor lunch at Nagisa Park
Shop for souvenirs at the roadside station Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza

③Return to O’PAL    

* Duration: approx. 6 hours  

★ Meeting/Dismissing Place:

Address: 5-265-1 Ogoto, Otsu City, Shiga

(By train: 20 min. from JR Kyoto Station to JR Ogoto Onsen Station12 min. walk from station to O’PAL. *Only local trains stop at Ogoto Onsen Station. Please do not board a Rapid Express.)

Meeting time: 10:00AM

Implementation Period

Year-round (Closed Thursdays・New Years holiday)  

Min No. of participants

2 Person(s)

Max No. of Participants

Up to 5 Person(s)
Group tours: Negotiable

Participant Conditions

Height of 140 cm and above


2 people: ¥39,600 (¥19,800/person) 
3 people:¥42,900 (¥21,500/person) 
4 people: ¥46,200 (¥11,600/person) 
5 people: ¥49,500 (¥9,900/person)
Cost per person varies by total number of group participants. Tax included.

* Included: bicycle rental, tour guide, helmet, bike lock, accident insurance, entrance fees, experience fees 

Language Support

Japanese, English
Interpreter guide accompaniment: Not Necessary
Language Supplementation tool: No

Cancellation Policy

2 days prior to tour: 40%
1 day prior to tour: 50%
Same day cancellation or No-show: 100%      

Weather Conditions

Tour may be cancelled or changed due to weather
Decision Period: Day prior to tour at noon

Things to Note

・In the case of dangerous weather conditions such as lightning, strong winds, or severe weather warnings, we may decide to cancel the tour by 12 p.m. the day prior to the tour and inform you of the cancellation. Cancellation may also occur on the day of the tour in the case of sudden bad weather.
・Depending on the weather conditions and time of year, the course and experience content may change.
・Tour distance and tour length are approximate. Your safety is always our priority.
・Thank you for your cooperation in preventing the spread of covid-19.

Facility Information

Facility NameOPAL Optex Co., Ltd.    
URL: https://www.o-pal.com/
English URL: https://www.o-pal.com/en/activity/
Address: 5-265-1 Ogoto, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture 
Telephone number: +81 77-579-7111                
Business Hours: 9:00-17:30            
Closed: Wednesday
Wi-Fi: Yes                
Foreign language pamphlet・menu: Yes(English)
Language Support: Japanese, English
Dietary Requests Accepted; Yes
Handicap Accessible: No
Credit cards: Yes
Free parking 
Gender-separated locker rooms  
Gender-separated showers
Number of bicycles approx. 40 (From S-XL size)