Cycling tour of
Murasaki Shikibu's folklore


1 participant  20,000  JPyen~    Infants and under  Free   

1 participant 20,000 JPyen~

※Infants and under : Free

Included in the fee

E-Bike Rental
Course Map
Original tour guidebook
Commemorative T-shirts


A separate fee of 2,200 yen will be charged for the use of a stroller that can be towed by bicycle.

Places to stop by

Biwaichi Bike


This is a base for cyclists who enjoy cycling around Lake Biwa. Please consult with us about anything from bicycle rental and pre-departure maintenance to route guidance and recommendations of recommended spots. Souvenirs to commemorate your cycling experience are available for purchase.

Ishiyama Temple


It is said that about 1,300 years ago, at the initiative of the Emperor of the time, Prince Shotoku, a prince famous for having established the laws of ancient Japan, enshrined Nyoirin Kannon, a Buddhist statue that he possessed for private worship, at this site. The main hall is built on a huge bedrock called siliceous stone, a national natural treasure, which gave the temple its name. (*ishi[ishi]=stone/yama[yama]=mountain) It is said that a woman named Murasaki Shikibu, the author of "The Tale of Genji," Japan's oldest novel, was inspired to write her story here, as it appears in many Japanese literature written more than 1,000 years ago. It is said that the temple view as we know it today was established about 800 years ago.

Mii Temple


It is said that this temple was built about 1,300 years ago to mourn the soul of Prince Otomo, who was defeated in a battle for the succession to the Imperial Throne. The temple is closely associated with Murasaki Shikibu and appears in her diary, Murasaki Shikibu Nikki (Murasaki Shikibu Diary). Many of her relatives also trained at this temple. On the grounds, visitors can experience "shabutsu" (copying Buddhist statues) and "kanezuki" (ringing the temple bell). The temple's bell, called Mitsui's Evening Bell, is famous as one of the eight scenic views of Omi (particularly picturesque views in the area; there are eight of them).



Biwaichi Bike (9:00 arrival/9:30 departure)

Ishiyama-dera Temple (visit Ishiyama-dera Temple where Murasaki Shikibu is said to have inspired the story/60 min)

Lunch time(Lunch/60min/*Introduce restaurants around Ishiyama-dera Temple)

Mi Temple (Sightseeing at the place associated with Murasaki Shikibu. Experience Shabutsu (Buddhist sutra copying) and bell-ringing/150 min.

Biwaichi Bike (17:00 arrival/return)


Self-guided tours

I'd like to take more time to look around, but time is of the essence, so let's move on. Wouldn't you like to take your time and look around without worrying about other participants on your trip? A self-guided tour is a tour style that combines the attractions of an independent tour where you can see the sights at your own pace and a guided tour where you can learn more about the places you visit. With the help of a dedicated guidebook, you can enjoy your tour without worrying about time or other participants.

You can learn about Japanese history and culture in depth.

You will receive an exclusive guidebook for the tour. It contains not only explanations of the spots where you will stop on your tour, but also information on Japanese history, culture, and customs to help you enjoy your tour even more.

Don't worry even if it is your first time in a new place

A special tour course map is provided. By following the map provided, you will be able to tour the sights smoothly without getting lost, even if it is your first time in a new place.


Departure point Biwaichi Bike
Travel Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Travel Conditions Minimum number of participants: 1
Maximum number of participants: 15
Meals: None
Local guide: No guide
Fee 1 person: 20,000 yen
Infants and under: Free

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