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Address: 6-6 Hanasato-machi | Within Best Western Hotel Takayama (to reserve and/or meet), Takayama 506-0846, Gifu Prefecture (Formerly Hida Satoyama Cycling)
Phone Number: +81 577-73-5715
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Description: We have many programs in which you can experience rural culture and...
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.
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Wonderful experience

Our cycling trip with Satoyama was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Away from the main tourist centre of Takayama, this trip enabled us to see the 'real' Japan. Our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Our cycling trip with Satoyama was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Away from the main tourist centre of Takayama, this trip enabled us to see the 'real' Japan. Our guide, Tatsu was great. Knowledgable, enthusiastic and an excellent level of English. He was helpful, not only on our ride, but also in giving restaurant recommendations for... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Our slightly more than 2 hour cycling course brought us deep into the heart and soul of Hida Furukawa, largely thanks to our magnificent guide Hiro whose passion and enthusiasm in sharing with us the culture and traditions of its people, sights and geography of the land made this a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. It was indeed the highlight of our... More 

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SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

You are so kind to write such sweet and warm-heart words to us on the Tripadvisor. I am really glad to know you enjoy our cycling tour in Hida. I also had such great time to show you this beautiful nature and landscape and share the culture here in Hida. Your smiles make me so happy to be your guide... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

I spent a lovely afternoon cycling the lush green paddy fields and enjoying mountain views with my excellent guide Shinji. 20km is no big deal on good bikes, with easy gears, and the roads are quiet and mostly flat. Shinji was very well informed and acted as an interpreter when we met locals who would happily answer questions. It was... More 

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SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your quick post. It was the best season to see a beautiful nature of Hida. You were able see beautiful fresh green mountains and rices planted. I'm also glad to offer the opportunity to talk with locals, who even tried to speak English. That was just the part of traveling in the countryside. I hope... More 

Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our family of five (2 adults, 3 children ages 14, 11 and 7) had so much fun on our tour with Tatsu!!! It was the highlight of our trip!!! We have been living in Tokyo for 1 1/2 years and we learned so many things on this tour that we did not know about Japan. The countryside was beautiful!!! I... More 

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

Thank you so much for your warm review! It was such a nice day to bike in the countryside. Spring is just started in this area and locals prepare to plant rice. I hope you enjoyed this tour and I'm happy if you circulate to your friend. Thank you so much to visiting HIDA. All the best withes in your... More 

Paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Our family (2 adults and 2 kids aged 7 and 10) really enjoyed the Hida Satoyama Cycling experience ! Our guide Shinji, who speaks a really good English, shared with us lots of interesting info about the area. He also took really good care of the kids. We really recommend this company. Ask for Shinji !!!

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SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the post. I think it was the best season to see and enjoy the countryside. Your Kids are so cute. They must have a great experience in your special journey. Also I 'm so happy that each one in a group of our tour became a friend. Please stay in touch. If you have... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The terrain was not very hilly, if you can manage 20 minutes walk in Kyoto, you can definitely do this tour. Hisa, our guide was really thoughtful and spoke fluent english. He also helped us communicate with the locals who were more than happy to have a chat with the foreigners. We came to Hida just for this tour and... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Yes, as you wrote, our routes are not really hard. People with moderate fitness can manage them. Talking with a local is always a great experience. That's something we want to offer. I'm glad that you enjoyed talking with him. I hope you will have another chance to come over and see the countryside in... More 

Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had a great time through the Japanese country side with Satoyama Experience. Our guide, Hisa, was specially nice and helpful to understand the various aspects of the local culture and nature.

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

Thank you so much for posting a comment. It was a great day to enjoy Ride&Hike tour. Riding through the countryside was good. The waterfalls we visited was wonderful, too. I'm glad to hear that you could learn about the local culture and nature here. Hisa More 

San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Our Giuide, Hisa, provided an exceptional tour filled with great stories about the area and people in nearly perfect English. It was the highlight of our trip and we enjoyed the colorful pictures he emailed us. The bikes were surprisingly like new and extremely easy to ride. The ride was 99% over flat surfaces with great attention given to our... More 

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

Thank you so much for posting a review. We had a wonderful afternoon on that day. It's really lucky that I could find your water bottle and have it delivered to you before you left Takayama. And since you were the only clients in my group, I could extend the distance to ride a little bit more than normal. I... More 

Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Tour covers the local area, with regular stops at certain areas to cover the local agriculture. Rice farming, Hida beef and forestry were discussed in depth. All this is to be expected, perhaps, but the detail the guide could provide on wider Japanese cultural aspects, from shrines and local festivals to the regional history, really made the experience special. A... More 

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

Thank you so much for posting a review. I'm really glad to know you liked the tour and thought one of the best guided you ever had. It makes me feel so great. I always try to explain about Japan and the local area as much as I know to make the tour more interesting. We will keep up good... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We had so much fun on the bike tour. It was a great way to see the country side of Japan. Our tour guide Shinji was very friendly and accommodating. He was very knowledgeable and thorough. Such a great experience..we would definitely recommend this tour to our friends and family. Thanks Shinji

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SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for posting your review. It was the great day and the best season for riding a bicycle. We were able to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom on time and it makes our tour special. If rice paddies have kept water on that time as you have seen before, you would have enjoyed more. When... More 

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