• Experience Japan at the Local Level

    Connect with the traditional culture of rural Japanese life.

  • Explore Japanese Culture

    Unique opportunities for a memorable adventure.

  • Peaceful Sights of Rural Japan

    Relax along the shores of Lake Biwa.

  • Hands-On Culture & Craft

    A chance to jump in and get your hands dirty.

Japan Culture

Personalize Your Japan Adventure

Sato Home & Tour plans personalized experiences of rural Japan here in our home of Shiga, just north of Kyoto. Based on your interests, we create a custom tour of local hands-on cultural activities. Our name, Sato, is a word for "home" representing not only the physical home, but also the comfortable feeling of family.


How It Works

step 1
Browse & Book
Find activities to book, or just tell us your interests in the booking inquiry form.
step 2
We Plan Your Tour
Based on your interests and schedule, our tour planners will plan your custom tour.
step 3
Finalize & Confirm
We'll send our plan for any revisions or changes. When finalized, you can make secure online payment.
step 4
Welcome To Japan
We look forward to seeing you when you arrive!

More About the Booking Process:

How to Book a Reservation

Tour Activities & Attractions

Browse by theme below for examples of the activities and experiences used to craft your custom tour. We can also arrange your accommodation at select local establishments. Tours are not guided, but interpreters can often be arranged by request.

We're ready and waiting to craft your custom tour around the details you provide in the booking request form!

We also have pre-planned and ready to book tours here: Model Tours

Meet our Tour Planners

Harumi Shin

Harumi Shin

I'm Harumi and I'm Chinese, but born in Japan. I've been in Japan for many years, and I spent my university life in Beijing China. Now I live in Kyoto and work in Osaka. I speak both Chinese and English. I love to meet new people from around the world! Really looking forward to seeing you!
Hitomi Nakamura

Hitomi Nakamura

When I first visited Shiga in 2012, I fell in love with the beauty of nature and Lake Biwa and soon moved from Tokyo to Omihachiman, Shiga, a well preserved old castle town with a unique mix of western architecture and Japanese tradition. I studied in Seattle and have traveled extensively. My hobbies are cooking, movies, reading, cycling and travel. My dream is to do beekeeping in my own herb garden.
Noriko Yasuda

Noriko Yasuda

I'm good at cooking for my family using homegrown vegetables for healthy economical meals. And I'm also a good therapist of massage and reflexology, so when your long travels leave you tired, I can provide some healing treatment! I look forward to helping with your tour. Don't hesitate to ask any question.
Kayoko Doi

Kayoko Yamada

I can speak English and Danish, as I have studied in Denmark in one year. I love cooking, eating, and nature. In Shiga there are a lot of nice restaurants and you can find beautiful scenery like Lake Biwa. I hope to plan and share some of these sightseeing spots with you!

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