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SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE

6-6 Hanasato-machi | Within Best Western Hotel Takayama (to reserve and/or meet), Takayama, Gifu Prefecture 506-0846, Japan (Formerly Hida Satoyama Cycling)
+81 577-73-5715
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Ranked #1 of 51 attractions in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Biking Trails, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: We have many programs in which you can experience rural culture and history inherited in satoyama. Especially, HIDA SATOYAMA CYCLING, ART & CULTURE,... more » Owner description: We have many programs in which you can experience rural culture and history inherited in satoyama. Especially, HIDA SATOYAMA CYCLING, ART & CULTURE, TOWN & VILLAGE WALK are very popular guided tours in HIDA-TAKAYAMA!Please enjoy the special time you can have only here through the tours connecting daily lives of local people with your travel. « less
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Canberra, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This cycling tour was probably the best tour we undertook whilst abroad in Japan. We did the all day tour through the Hida countryside and up into the mountains, followed by a few hours of hiking past the beautiful scenery. During summer it was very green, and as it had recently rained, the waterfalls were all stunning. Highly recommended.

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satoyama, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing a comment here about our cycling tour. I am so happy to know you enjoyed and had good time in the country side of Hida. Before the day, it rained, so I was so glad to show you the powerful and beautiful waterfalls in the forest. I am so impressed you both climbing the... More

Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We did a 2 and 1/2 hour east ride thru rice fields, along gardens, Hida cows and a lovely clear mountain spring. Our guide provided great history and information as we cycled. Loved it.

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satoyama, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing me a sweet message here, on the tripadviser. I am really happy to hear you enjoy our cycling tour and have such a wonderful time in the countryside of Hida. Fortunately, it was a beautiful sunny day, and I am so glad to show you this splendid nature of Hida. Also I am so... More

Perth, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a very good cycle tour. It was easy to roll along and take in the varied scenery. Our tour guide was charming and answered all our questions. We learnt many interesting facts about country life and rice growing. Highly recommended.

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satoyama, SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comment and recommendation. I'm pleased to hear that. I hope it was the best experience you had in Japan for you. I'm waiting for your whole family to come back here again. It would be my turn to visit Perth. Thank you again. Shinji More

Kyoto, Japan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I took a cycling tour offered by Satoyama Experience in the spring. We were guided around the local countryside by an experienced friendly guide who pointed out lots of interesting things that we wouldn't have noticed by ourselves. The tour offers insights into farming and history and provided lots of lovely views. We even saw a rainbow.

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satoyama, SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! What the most impressive thing we had in the tour was the rainbow we saw. That was amazing and you were so lucky. The environment you live in is similar to ours and I hope you found many things from the countryside here. As you told, when you walk around, you have many... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were a bit disappointed by Takayama, which was full of tourists and shops but with little charm. Luckily we saw the description of Satoyama Experience at TripAdvisor and went on the 'Standard Tour'. The trip goes from Hida Furakawa, a much more charming and more authentic village about 15 minutes away by train. It was easy to find the... More

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satoyama, マネージャー at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you very much for writing a review about us. I'm very glad to hear that you liked Hida Furukawa. Many other people I met also say same thing as you wrote. I hope more people will come this way not just for joining in our tour but also for seeing the town here. It's great to know you enjoyed... More

Toronto, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had a great day biking and hiking near Hida Furukawa. The scenery was gorgeous, and the hiking and biking not too hard. The ride back down we barely needed to peddle. Our guide was a fountain of useful information, and went out of his way to find answers to our questions. He even emailed us links to information about... More

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satoyama, マネージャー at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you very much for joining in Ride and Hike tour. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tour so much. This tour provides great experience in the countryside of Japan. Definitely riding and hiking up the hill is a bit hard part(it's not for you), but once it's over, the rest of the tour is really fun. I hope... More

Oakland, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were in Japan at the very end of cherry blossom time, but in the higher altitudes of Takayama it was still lovely. The bike ride was on a drizzly day, which made biking through through the fields even more magical. The group was around 10 people. The route was not strenuous and the scenery was wonderful. The leader had... More

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satoyama, SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comment. I'm really happy that you are satisfied with our tour and enjoyed it. You were lucky that you could see cherry blossom in time even though it rained in the last part of the tour. It also gave you a great experience that participants in this tour were coming from all over the... More

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had a 3 hour bike tour around Hida Furukawa and would do it again tomorrow, it was one of the highlights of our Japan trip. Our guide Hisa and the other staff we met at the shop were really friendly, very knowledgeable and spoke very good English and were happy to answer all our questions about all sorts of... More

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satoyama, マネージャー at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

It's great to hear that our tour became one of the highlights of your Japan trip. You mentioned whole things you did during the tour. It will be good information for those who want to try our tours. I always make sure my customers enjoy the scenery of the countryside at a relaxed pace. I'm glad that you liked it.... More

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were interested in seeing the area around Takayama but had no real knowledge of the area. I contacted Satoyama Experience and they ended up booking accommodation, transfers and tours for 6 of us. Everything went very smoothly and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Miyumi had all the paperwork so well organised for us with local bus tickets, maps, etc... More

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toronto
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Our Satoyama Experience cycling tour was amazing! Shinji was a great guide and the route was perfect for us and our two kids (aged 8 and 11). We jumped on the short train ride from Takayama where we were staying, and went on a morning ride returning to Takayama for lunch. We were shown the local rice paddies, farms and... More

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satoyama, SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comment. I also had a lots of fun with sweet smile of your kids in the tour. That is the first time for me that I have ever seen a local took a picture of our guests. They should be just too cute for a local! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our... More

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