Take a Private Tour of the Village of Springs
A peaceful lifestyle centered around water in Shiga Prefecture
Let local residents guide you through the unique village of Harie—also known as the 'Village of Springs' on account of its one-of-a-kind water supply system. Be soothed by the sound of spring water flowing through the canals that transect the charming village. Reminiscent of old Japan with traditional tiled roofs and wooden houses, you will feel as though you have travelled back in time. Walk alongside the local people of Harie as they welcome you to discover a remarkable feature inside their homes: crystal-clear kabata springs, where natural underground water is used in both the household well and kitchen sink.
Dine at a local Japanese restaurant before making your way to a 150-year-old sake brewery, Kawashima Shuzo. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their brewing process before treating your tastebuds—sample award-winning sake made from locally-sourced rice and pure spring water. Lastly, enrich your knowledge at Suita Sensu, a Japanese fan folding studio in the nearby town of Adogawa. Local artisans will provide an insightful demonstration and short explanation of the traditional crafting process.
Located on the northwestern shores of majestic Lake Biwa, Harie can be reached from Shin-Asahi Station, a one-hour train ride from JR Kyoto Station. The journey offers breathtaking views of Mount Hira and a taste of tranquil Japanese countryside with a short scenic stroll through rice paddies and vegetable fields. This all-encompassing day trip is simply a booking away with YUtour, a Shiga-based tour agent. Offering a wide range of personalized tours and services, the team of knowledgeable Shiga locals ensure guests enjoy an authentic experience of their hometown.
Harie is a living village, and residents ask that all visitors come as part of tour experiences (advance reservation required) overseen by local guides. Please refrain from exploring the village on your own.
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