This was incredible and the tour flew by. My wife and I went and had the good fortune to be the only guests that day.
The electric bikes are great you really don't have to be a cyclist to do this tour. The tour guide Dai is very friendly and knowledgeable. He lives in the area and clearly loves the area and that comes across on the tour. The scenary is beautiful, be careful riding not staring at the countryside. At one stage we rode through a tunnel not at all scenic but even that was fun. The weather was so good the day we went, autumnal, starting to get cold but still very pleasant and the sky was very blue. Would love to take my own bike and repeat the route under purely leg power. We had so much fun cycling. We saw red leaves and super clear rivers. Was exactly what I pictured for the area.
The lunch we had was massive. Above and beyond expectations. The owner of the the lunch place was super friendly and happy to see tourists again. We even got the local speciality Iyu fish which was interesting as Dai was telling us about how hard they are to catch -- we stopped by the local fishing spot at one point. Personally the pork was the hightlight of the lunch.
We stopped at a small beach by a river on the way back to the start for coffee and that was such a good spot to stop. Dai is very into his coffee making. Incredible place to stop, unwind and have a coffee.
The tour starts and end right by the train station, so its very accessible. We came from Takayama, and that was very simple.
I would definately do this again, a very memorable day. I bet the sake brewery tour would be worth doing as well.
Highly recommended. Dai the tour guide mad ethe trip a special day.