【Koka City, Shiga Prefecture】A tour to experience the Koka ninja and visit a Shiragaki ware studio
What we'll do
Instead of a trip on which you simply visit a place, why not try one where you can expand your outlook through encounters and learning? Through the navigation of a guide who knows the local area, you'll be able to not just overcome the language barrier, but also increase your knowledge and enrich your time spent by meeting people and interacting with Japanese culture.
On this tour, you will be guided through visits to the Koka Ninja House as well as Seiuemon Pottery, which features one of Koka City's most famous products, Shiragaki ware. First, you'll take a visit to the Koka Ninja House. While looking around, you'll be introduced to the history of the ninja of Koka, who they were, and what kinds of lives they led. Next, you'll head to a pottery studio for Shiragaki ware, a famous type of ceramics. Here, you'll learn about how Shiragaki ware was first created and how the traditional methods of making Shiragaki ware differentiate it from other ceramics.
Come and find new discoveries and encounters through the unique history of Koka City, Shiga Prefecture.
-If you would like to meet your guide at your hotel, please contact them via chat before making a reservation.
-If you are going to be late to the meeting place on the day of the tour, please contact your guide via chat.
-If you are over 15 minutes late without contacting your guide, it will be considered a cancellation and you will be charged 100% of the fee, regardless of the reason for tardiness.
-Please note that the end time of the tour cannot be extended in the event of tardiness.
- Price per person
- 15,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-This tour requires that you contact a guide via chat before completing your reservation.
-The cost of the tour will be set after preliminary discussions are held.
-The cost of this tour includes only the fee for the guide.
-Transportation fees to and from the meeting place are the individual responsibility of the traveler.
-Transportation between spots during the tour will be done by hired car. The price may vary depending on the number of people and time of year, so please contact your guide before reserving.
-Please pay for the cost of the hired car on the day of the tour.
-The cost of any food and drinks during the tour will be the individual responsibility of the traveler.
-Please pay any entrance fees or activity fees on the day of the tour.
-If you have any physical or health concerns such as disabilities, age, or pregnancy, please inform your guide before reserving.
-Please note that, due to schedule constraints of the guides, last-minute bookings may not be possible. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks before your desired tour date.
-In the event of bad weather or a natural disaster, the tour may not be able to take place. In such a case, your guide will contact you via chat.
1Koka Ninja House
Inside the building, visitors can see a variety of trick mechanisms created by the knowledge of the ninja, including hidden rooms used to escape from enemies, doors that swing around used for hiding, and pitfalls up to three meters deep. Shuriken that the Koka ninja actually used as well as written documents and scrolls are also on display, allowing visitors to deepen their understanding about the Koka ninja.
Before your reservation is completed, the local cuisine of Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, will be explained to you via chat. However, if any tour participants have allergies or other dietary restrictions, we will introduce you to restaurants after speaking with you about your dietary requirements. Your guide will interpret your orders at the restaurant on the day of the tour.
※The image at the top of this page is a local dish called funazushi.
【Local Cuisine of Koka】
・Funazushi: A dish made by layering alternately rice and salt-picked crucian carp caught in Biwako Lake, then leaving it to soak and ferment.
・Omi beef: With a 400-year history, Omi beef is the oldest brand of wagyu beef in Japan. There are a variety of ways to prepare and eat it, including steak, sukiyaki, and yakiniku.
Other dishes such as kamonabe (duck stew) and imotsubushi (a traditional dish made with rice and potatoes) are also available, which will be introduced to you during the preliminary discussions before completing your reservation.
Seiuemon Pottery located in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, is a pottery studio that aims to continue and protect the traditions of Shiragaki ware. Shiragaki ware is one of the six original ceramics of ancient Japan. It contributed to the development of Japanese earthenware and conveys the heart of the wabisabi aesthetic of simplicity and subdued refinement.