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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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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It's a good way to explore the countryside. Won't be able to see the breathtaking scenery on foot. It's a shame that we were caught in the rain for about 1 hour but it was another kind of experience ;) Didn't really make many stops though but the ride through the woods, fields and houses was enjoyable. Our guide, Hiro,... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We are a family of 6, with our children aged 12-21, and had a wonderful experience on the cycling tour which catered for all ages. Our guide Hiro was fantastic, stopping throughout the journey to tell us about the local history and answering our questions about the area. Hiro spoke brilliant English and was very thoughtful of all the family,... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We did this on an extremely hot day and found it to be an easy ride. Our guide was so knowledgeable and had really good English. It left us with wonderful memories of the Japanese countryside and I would highly recommend anyone travelling in that area to do it. I am 60 and haven't ridden a bike since high school.... More

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

Thank you so much for your review. I'm so happy to hear that you had great memories with us. We enjoyed a slow ride in the countryside in this tour, which is not so hard for people of all ages. Also I'm glad to hear your recommendation for those who are interested in visiting this area. Thank you once again... More

Roma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great bike tour in the countryside around Hida, we enjoyed amazing landscapes, we were in touch with local genuine people, we learned about tea cultivation and in general about life in Takayama area. We thank a lot a very helpful and friendly staff, Hisa is a great guide, experience highly reccomended

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I went from Tokyo, Nagoya, Takayama, Kyoto, and Osaka. I'd say I am more of a city person hence I was in the party seen for most of my time in Japan. However, the one truly memorable part was the country side this Satoyama experience had to offer. I actually went out of my way just to see this part... More

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satoyama, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing the warm-hearted massage to us, SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE here. I appreciate you visiting this small village, Hida-Furukawa, and I am so happy to hear you have enjoyable time through our cycling tour. It's totally different from the big cities, but there are a lot of nature and different beautiful views in each season. I would... More

Singapore
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I booked a half day PM tour with Satoyama Experience after reading all the positive reviews here, and I wasn't disappointed. A word first on the people, who were great. Mayumi helped with my reservation and was very patient when I had to reschedule my trip. She was also conscientious with giving me directions to their office. Hisa, my guide,... More

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

Thank you so much for writing a great review for us. We are so glad to read the comment you made. Not mentioning about the tour but also the staff working in the office was really nice. She was happy to read it. I am really happy to show this area. There are lots of things to show. Not many... More

Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I've read so much about this tour that I've decided to try it when I visited Takayama in Jul14. I took the 2.5hrs morning cycling tour through the countryside and was not disappointed. The tour started from Hida-Furukawa which is just 3 train stations away from Takayama. The bikes are all in very good condition and our guide (Shinji-san) was... More

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

Thank you so much for your review. It’s really rare to see Locals offering ice cream to us. You are just so lucky! As you said, Locals are so friendly and kind, which make us happy. I'm glad to know you really enjoyed our tour through warming contact with people and this experience got special for you. Again, thank you... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

MY wife and I really enjoyed the experience that we had recently touring Furukawa-cho, Hida-city, Gifu, Japan. Amongst the highlights we experienced was the cycling tour with Satoyama Experience. The friendliness and helpful attitude of the staff really helped and in Mr Shinji, we found a guide who is not only enthusiastic and friendly but knowledgeable about each and every... More

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

Thank you for your really nice comment. It's just great to see the name of the title, which is the best praise for us. You seem to have had great time in Furukawa. Though it was raining, the tour had a lot of fun since you are really friendly and full of smiles. I hope you will come back in... More

Canberra, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 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

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