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  • Janejane68
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan11 contributions
    Wow! Our group of 4 adults and 3 teenagers had the most fabulous day with Takashi-san, Miwa-san and Hajime-san cycling through the Iya Valley on Brompton Bicycles. We had such fun with our lovely guides who thought of every detail and made sure we saw the most beautiful spots throughout the day. I recommend this tour so highly. It is a day we will remember fondly forever. Thank you so much, Takashi-san, Miwa-san and Hajime-san!
    Written October 30, 2020
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  • Matt H
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    The tour was fantastic. It starts at the gates of Kochi castle which are a marvel on their own. The sheer size of them is truly impressive. The hustle and bustle of the market where we ate lunch is so different from anything we have at home. You can choose from 40 or 50 restaurants and take your meal to a table in the center of it all. But the highlight of the trip for me was the botanical gardens. The bio dome filled with tropical plants and flowers is well worth it and the view of Kochi city from the top are as good as it gets.
    Written February 7, 2021
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  • harukamatsukura
    Kochi, Japan1 contribution
    This was an exciting and challenging experience! I recommend this tour for individuals who are adventurous and eager to experience the rawness of Japan. This was a rare and unique experience to have as a foreigner in the Japanese countryside.

    We started our tour at the Mura no Eki. I highly recommend buying local produce after the tour (omelettes and tomatoes are famous in town)! We took a relaxing bike ride through the village to get to the cave. Before going in the cave, we changed into ninja suits and tried our hands at throwing ninja stars. Our guide told us the story of the caves which was interesting to learn before entering. The day we went, the cave had been very dry so this meant it was easier to grip the rocks. The guide informed us that on wet days the cave can become quite slippery. In the middle of the cave, we took 5 minutes to meditate in darkness and silence. It was a special moment of tranquillity.

    There are several points inside the cave that require climbing ladders, crawling on the ground, and passing through narrow openings. We saw many bats and insects inside as well. The bats were quite alarming to see at first! However the entire time, the bats were sleeping and peaceful. The guide said that in the summer the bats are more likely to fly around.

    After the tour, we enjoyed a coffee and some local sweets while chatting with our guide and other members of the community. It was interesting to hear about their stories of the town.
    Written February 18, 2021
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  • Paul Walsh
    Hiroshima, Japan230 contributions
    I would highly recommend spending a day with Taichi Tani learning about Shugendo, local history and talking about life in general. Taichi's origin story is really interesting and it was fascinating to hear about his journey to taking over his family temple and becoming a Shugendo monk. This might be described as "Shugendo light" and there are more hardcore Shugendo experiences in Japan where you actually go through the aesthetic practice as an actual monk would. While Taichi is kitted out in full Shugendo gear, complete with a big conch shell trumpet, participants walk in their own clothes and chatting is encouraged.

    The course was really pretty and the view from the top of the mountain was awesome and following Taichi up and down the trail felt quite adventurous. The vegan bento was delicious and even meat-eaters in the group were very happy with it :)

    The final (before the walk back to the start) caving section was much more thrilling than I expected and I really enjoyed it. I was very grateful for Taichi’s guidance in the dark, squeezing through some tight spots. I would advise people who get nervous in tight spaces to skip this part of the tour.
    Written March 19, 2021
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