UMESEKO TOUR
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
We offer unique things to do in the countryside of Hida Takayama, such as cycling, walking and sake tours for travelers who want to do off the beaten path experience. Our flagship Maze E-Bike Tour won the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards in 2019. As a company, we were awarded the Travel & Hospitality Awards for the second year in a row: 2021 & 2022.
Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

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A personalised authentic insight into a small unique rural Japanese village . Dai (who speaks excellent English ) is an inspiring young man keen to share his love of this area with his guests . A great ride on modern e-bikes with fabulous scenery.
Written March 22, 2023
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Dear Susan, Thank you so much for writing a great review on our full day e-bike ride. I also had a great time with two of you. Definitely, it was a beautiful day. The river shined! Yes, I am very proud of the village such as people and nature. Every time I offer the experience, I cannot help but really appreciate it. Economically, I should expand the business but I also want to keep it secret for the village and make this more special. Hope you will come back to Japan and see how our village will be. It must be still unchanged and beautiful. Warm Regards, Dai
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Jeffrey P
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Mar 2023 • Friends
Dai is an amazing tour guide and very proud of his village. This made for an phenomenal experience of the lesser seen Japanese countryside. He made the trip well worth it and was extremely thoughtful the entire time. You can tell that he has a great sense of pride in his home and has a great time showing you around.
Written March 15, 2023
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Dear Jeff, Thanks for your kindness to write a wonderful review about the half day e-bike tour. I had a great time with you on a very beautiful day. It is true. I am really proud of the village not only what we have like the Maze river but also locals who actually take care of those unspoiled nature every day. I am grateful to you for understanding it. Hope we will see again sometime in the near future. Thank you so much again. Warm Regards, Dai
Written March 16, 2023
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ana L
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Mar 2023 • Friends
Wow! What a time we had with Dai! He was such a wonderful tour guide. So knowledgeable about the town and village and put together such a thoughtful tour. He took us to the best spots and even made us the freshest coffee! The e-bikes were super easy to use. Would highly recommend to anyone, such a great opportunity!!
Written March 15, 2023
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Dear Ana, Thanks for coming and writing a great review on our half-day e-bike ride. I also had a great time with 3 of you. As I told you during the tour, the river bank is definitely secret spot. We actually can enjoy the view of beach. Honored to take you to my favorite place in the village. Hope you will come back to the Hida region to see the different views of our village. Thank you so much! Warm Regards, Dai
Written March 16, 2023
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DKWC
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
Firstly I highly recommend this tour - it is an excellent way to spend 1/2 day if you are in Takayama and want to see a bit of the mountain and get some fresh air and a little bit of (not so strenuous) exercise (e-bikes are so easy to ride!)

Secondly Dai (tour guide) is very engaging and friendly. He has interesting stories and knowledge along the trip and on the stops you make as part of it. I won’t spoil the final stop which is 100% the highlight of the trip if want to see a bit of natural beauty (we got lucky as it was bright sunshine day which I’m sure made it even more of a view!). The coffee was great too Dai!! 😄
Written March 11, 2023
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Dear David, Thanks for coming and writing a great review on our half-day bike ride! So glad to hear that you really enjoyed the experience. It was a lovely spring day and might be the best time to see the pristine Maze River. As I told you during the tour, the village is still unexplored by travelers. I am really proud of offering a chance to visit and living here as one of locals. Hope you will find some more beautiful places in this trip in Japan. Thank you and see you again. Matane! Warm Regards, Dai
Written March 11, 2023
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Eric Wong
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Couples
Dai is a very good tour guide. He introduced to us on the history of Hida and the production process of Sake clearly and in details. Also, the staff from 天領 is also nice and very willing to answer our question. Lastly, I really appreciated that I can try different kind of Sake at the end which further enhance our undertsanding on Sake prodcution. This tour is definitely one of our memoriable experiences in this trip. Really recommend!
Written March 9, 2023
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Dear Eric, Thanks for writing the great review on our sake experience. It was a very fun time for me too and I am really glad you liked the sake of Tenryo and this tour. You still have some more places in Japan that you want to visit but please contact us if you have a chance to come back to Takayama area. Maybe we can show you around our places with bike next time. Hope you will have a safe trip and make a lot of beautiful memories in Japan! Warm Regards, Dai
Written March 9, 2023
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Lydia
London, UK5 contributions
Nov 2022
My husband and I had a good time with Dai. We visited the Hagiwara-suwa castle, fish farm, high street of Hida Hagiwara. the lunch was in a local cafe and it was very delicious. We had enjoyed some gorgeous autumn scene in Maze.

The e-bike tour is an excellent way to explore the rural area of central Japan. I enjoyed the tour. It is very close to Gero onsen. You can join this tour and then go back to your onsen hotel in the afternoon.
Written December 15, 2022
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Dear Lydia, Thanks for your great review about the day we spent together at the peaceful village. I am honored to show the area to who is an expert of traveling Japan. Both places you visited are just countryside but there are many things to share with: food, culture and people. You actually had the special meal made with local ingredients and you really loved it. As you mention, the e-bike enables us to tour around the mountainous area with no stress. We can provide the authentic experience to anyone. Hope you will visit our place again to touch the local culture deeply. Warm Regards, Dai
Written December 15, 2022
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Elaine H
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Dec 2022 • Solo
It was so much fun to talk with local people in Maze!
Maze is a small village surrounded by Mountains, river with cystal clear water & lovely people.

Bikes were in excellent conditions & the route was easy to handle, especially cycling with e-bike.

Highlight was to have a freah cup of coffee just right aside of the river!

Highly recommend to everyone who wants to see different side of Hida( far less tourist side)
Written December 13, 2022
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Dear Elaine, Thanks for coming and posting a great review about our half-day e-bike ride. It was very nice seeing you. During the tour, you like the chat with local guy most. Definitely that was a lucky coincidence but you never experienced before at tourist spots. He was a very kind and friendly person. I was so glad you and he talked pleasantly. Hope you will visit the village again to meet other local people. It must be a memorable! Warm Regards, Dai
Written December 13, 2022
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David H
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Oct 2022
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.
Written December 13, 2022
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Dear David, Thank you so much for writing the wonderful review about the premium countryside e-bike tour. I also had a great time with you and your wife. Congratulations on your marriage by the way. This experience is actually a private tour so always one group only but glad to hear that you liked that. It must be a better experience since guests do not hesitate to ask a question or keep a pace of cycling with other guests. The lunch is always the highlight of bike tour but the one you had was truly extraordinary. Ayu fish you mention was the local fish only living in the super beautiful Maze River. Easy to imagine you never forget the taste and fragrance. It was my honor to serve you the coffee at the river beach. Agree with you, the place was covered with autumn leaves on the day, which was marvelously beautiful. Thanks for coming anyway. It was one of the most memorable days for me too. Hope you will come back to the village to try Ayu fishing. Warm Regards, Dai
Written December 13, 2022
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Grace
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Dec 2022
This bike riding experience was an excellent highlight of our trip to Takyama, especially the suprising secret spot towars the end of the ride! Thank you for the great trip, Dai!
Written December 11, 2022
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Dear Grace, Thanks for coming and writing a great review about the bike tour. I also enjoyed the time with you despite a bit freezing day. I am glad that you like the river spot most. That is always the highlight of tour. Hope you will come back to our region and join another tour. Warm Regards, Dai
Written December 12, 2022
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James B
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Nov 2022 • Couples
Amazing tour guided by Dai. We arrived to Hida-Hagiwara station coming from Takayama. Dai provided a great set of instructions on how to manage the travel there. On arrival at the station he met us and assisted carry our luggage. We took a short 2 minute walk to his place to drop luggage and grab our bikes.

We took at beautiful ride to a small country town of ~1000 people to admire the countryside and the pristine Maze river. Could not recommend this highly enough. One very memorable highlight was stopping by the Maze river at one of Dai's secret spots to enjoy a local filter coffee on the river bank.

Very cool e-bikes which make the journey an absolute breeze. Excellent pace through the entire half day tour. Great stops along the journey were Dai provides insight into the region (Sake knowledge included!) What more can I say - give it a bloody go and you will not regret it!
Written November 5, 2022
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Dear James, Thank you so much for writing a great review about the half-day bike ride. I also had a good time with you and your partner. I am so glad to hear that you really enjoyed the tour, especially leisurely time by the river. Proud of the village that makes travelers attract so much. Hope the time spent together was one of the best moments of your trip in Japan. Whenever you come back, please just contact me! Warm Regards, Dai
Written November 7, 2022
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