Guided tours in English

2017 is the first year that an English-guided exhibit hopping tour takes place. On February 25th and March 4th, a local guide will take you to selected exhibit sites, providing you with rich interpretations of the work at each site, as well as the nature and culture of the area. Join the tour, enjoy artisanship, and experience the life of Takashima!
The tour is operated by YUtour, a tour operator local to the Lake Biwa area. For more details and booking, please click here (Jump to YUtour’s website)

“Kaze To Tsuchi No Kogei 2017(風と土の交藝2017)”, is an art and lifestyle exhibition event in Takashima City, northwest of Lake Biwa. During the event, local craftspersons open their studios and ateliers to welcome visitors and share the stories about their works and life in person. The exhibition sites are scattered throughout the peaceful province of Takashima, from deep in the tranquil mountains to the shore of the magnificent lake. The event puts its focus not only on appreciating exhibitions themselves, but also on social exchanging with visitors and locals.


  • Period
    Southern half of Takashima: 24 – 26 February
    Northern half of Takashima: 3 – 5 March
  • Time
    Open atelier: 10:00 – 17:00
    For programs of “TAKASHIMA Rokugo-koza (六郷交座)”: Please see the time schedule (sorry, only in Japanese).
  • Admission fee: To enter exhibit sites, you are required to show a pass called “Kaze no passport”, which can be bought at the below “information centers”;

    (February 24 – 26)

    • Former Hirose Elementary School(旧広瀬小学校) (General reception & Information)
    • Somon(総門)
    • Michinoeki Kutsuki Shin-honjin(道の駅朽木新本陣)

    (March 3 – 5)

    • Takashima Kanko Bussan Plaza(高島観光物産プラザ) (General reception & Information)
    • Imazu Vories Museum(今津ヴォーリズ資料館)
    • Tourist Information in JR Makino Station(マキノ駅観光案内所)