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News: SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE: Tour Reopening Guidelines

6. June. 2020

Here at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE we are reopening our tours. We have developed new protocols based on government regulations, expert advice and travel industry best practice. These will enable every guest to enjoy our activities in safety, together with our staff and locals in Hida, under the current COVID-19 situation.

We believe that implementation of the following measures will allow us to share special experiences safely with you in SATOYAMA:

Click here to see the measures we will be put in place.

Hida Satoyama Cycling / Guided Tour / Regular
Standard 3.5-Hour Guided Tour of Hida Satoyama

This Satoyama Cycling Tour uncovers a land of beauty like nowhere else

Cycling in Japan has never been more intimate, more connected with time and place. The 3.5-Hour Guided Tour of Satoyama helps you get a feeling for the town, showcasing a well-balanced and colorful snapshot of local village life over the scenic 22 km route. It’s a relaxing contrast to city life, a unique cultural experience rivaling other Japan bike tours, and a great way to get some exercise. Here are just a few examples of great spots that you’ll get to explore on your journey.

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Rice plants are an essential part of Satoyama’s landscape and one of this tour’s most charming attractions–you can learn how rice grows in Japan and later, reap the benefits of the harvest with a hearty meal. During the tour, take the opportunity to visit a local market where local vegetables and other products are sold.

 

 

 

Even before food, though, you’ll need pure, clear water–something that this mountainous area has in abundance! There are many water-drawing spots, all known by our guides. The water is both delicious and free, the perfect thirst-quencher during a great ride.

 

 

While other Japan bike tours may only show you tourist spots, we will journey beyond the guidebooks, visiting everywhere from natural havens to local gathering areas essential to town life. One of them is the local market, a colorful place where the local stories are just as good as the food. Come away with a full stomach and things to tell your family and friends.

 

Dates

Period
Mar 14, 2020Nov 30, 2020
Mar 20, 2021Nov 30, 2021

Time

Approx. 3h30m

Afternoon group tours only run until Sep. 30 due to the shorter daylight hours. During October, private afternoon tours run from 1:15 PM to 4:45 PM.

Number of Participants

Max8 people
Min2 people

Tour rate

8,100JPY/person Inc.Tax

Included in the price
  • Trained and experienced guide (in English/Japanese)
  • Small group tour
  • Mountain Bike
  • Helmet
  • Rain gear (Japanese size: S, M, L)
  • Tea break
  • Free water (Please bring your bottles)
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gloves

Meeting Point

SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE Hida-Furukawa Desk

11-32 Furukawacho Ninomachi, Hida-shi, Gifu, Japan

Note

Reservation

  • Reservation up to 170 days ahead is possible. For reservations further ahead, please contact us via the inquiry page.
  • If a tour is filled with 2 people booking already, you can book it alone. Please check our current availability via “reservation”. If your requested date is unavailable, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Tour participants must be able to ride a bike. We recommend that guests without recent experience of riding a bike familiarise themselves through training rides before their trip.
    Children under 12 years old should have sufficient recent experience of riding a bike without training wheels.
  • If there are children under 135cm or infants with a child seat, please book our “Half” tour.

Cancellation

  • If you, unfortunately, cancel the tour, you will not be charged a cancellation fee up to 2 days before the tour date. Please see the link for the detail: Cancellation policy

Insurance

Please be sure to purchase appropriate travel insurance in advance.

 

Private Tours

We have private tours available upon request.
* Please note that we have no child rates for private tours.

  • 1 person :  ¥48,600
  • 2 people : ¥24,300
  • 3 people : ¥16,200
  • 4 people or more : ¥12,150

Private tour price in the top season (April 1st-20th, Jul 16th-Aug 20th, Oct 1st-15th 2020)

  • 1 person :  ¥64,800
  • 2 people : ¥32,400
  • 3 people : ¥21,600
  • 4 people or more : ¥16,200

 

To reduce unnecessary waste

We recommend you bring your water bottles to SATOYAMA STAY NINO-MACHI. It’s for free to fill them up. We have a filtered drinking water dispenser by the reception. You can get fresh water before and after the tour, so you don’t need to buy any plastic bottles.
We would appreciate your cooperation to reduce unnecessary plastic use.