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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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Auckkland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I did the full day tour which included cycling and a short walk. Our guide Hisa, spoke excellent english and was wonderfully enthusiastic and answered all our questions - of which there were many. We stopped to speak to a local farmer and learnt how the rice fields are flooded and irrigated, Hisa pointed out herbs and... More

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyable journey through a delightful smaller town and outskirts. Could have had a bit more info on the farming processes and land ownership regime. Good insight into 'rural' Japan which is hard to find on the tourist routes.

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

Thank you so much for your comment. It's a nice contrast among the big cities you have been in your Japan trip. Also thank you for your feedback.We will improve our tour better. You see a different aspect of the town in other season. If you have a chance to come back to Japan, Please visit us freely. Many thanks... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We spent a half day cycling with Hiru, our very knowledgable and friendly guide. We had stored up all our questions from our time travelling Japan, and he patiently answered them all! It was a very pleasant way to explore rural Japan, a beautiful village and surroundings. In terms of logistics, easy to reach by rail from Takayama, and clear... More

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satoyama, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

You are such sweet and kind to write a comment to us, SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE. I am so happy to hear you enjoy our cycling tour and asking me a lot of questions which you are very interested in this small countryside of Hida-Furukawa. I spent wonderful time with you showing around, and I wish we can see again someday in... More

Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Japan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful sceneries that I have seen in Japan! One of the things that caught my attention was the beauty of the rivers, the water was translucent and you could not see much pollution, contrasting with what I am used to observe in Nagoya. Not to mention the captivating mountains that surround the town. If... More

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

Thank you for your long and detailed review. I remember you really got impressed with a river. Local kids also are so frank that they always say hello to us in English as you saw. The experience you had here is surely different from what you had in Nagoya and I hope this will be a great memory when you... More

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This tour absolutely exceeded my expectations. The staff of Satoyama was super kind and flexible, moving my reservation with no hassle when a train delay caused me to miss my original reservation. On the tour itself, our guide was a friendly and knowledgeable local who spoke great English. The highlight of the tour, however, were our amazing experiences with the... More

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

Thank you so much for your review. We met many local residents, whoever welcomed us, throughout the tour. That experience can be had in the countryside like Hida area. So I'm really glad to hear that you really enjoyed our rural town. We are waiting for you anytime to come back here. Thank you once again.(Also Pictures) Shinji More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

One of the most memorable days from our trip to beautiful Japan! It was our first trip to Japan and my brother and I decided we wanted to see everything it had to offer, so we signed up for the "Ride and Hike" with Satoyama Experience to experience the countryside. First of all, the Satoyama Experience Team are amazing. They... More

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

Thank you very much for your review. It's so wonderful to know you enjoyed the trip to Japan so much and chose us to see the Japanese countryside. Ride & Hike tour is a good one to see everything from villages to mountains. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed cycling and hiking along the waterfalls and liked the lunch.... More

Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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satoyama, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

It was great meeting you, and I am so happy to show you around this beautiful countryside of Hida. We got rain in few hours, but the fog on the mountains is fantastic fabulous like Japanese Machu Picchu. And I am glad to hear you enjoy seeing the nature and getting great experience through our cycling tour. You are all... More

Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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satoyama, Guide at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE, responded to this review

Thank you very much for joining to our cycling tour; also, I appreciate you to write such thoughtful words to us here. I am really grateful to meet all of you which has very sweet family-ship and smiles all the time during the tour. It was the perfect day for cycling and hiking; especially, the water falls are dynamically gorgeous... More

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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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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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