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:

This’s the measures we will be put in place.

https://satoyama-experience.com/src/uploads/2020/07/COVID19-reopening-statement.pdf

Coronavirus Latest Information

SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE will operate its tours according to the following policies. We would appreciate it if you share this information with your customers.

Our policy in response to the coronavirus

[About Hida-Takayama]

As of March 3, there have been no reports of COVID-19 infection in Hida-Takayama. However, it is currently difficult to purchase masks and alcohol disinfectant in the city. It is recommended that your clients bring these items with them, wear a mask, and regularly wash and disinfect their hands as appropriate.

We are now sending you out our sales pack for 2021.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings for 2021 made before May 1st 2020 will remain valid at 2020 prices and conditions (Please note that the price in confirmation e-mail will be the 2021 price. But we will send you the invoice with 2020 price.)  . Our new price list will apply for any 2021 bookings made after May 1.

SATOYAMA CYCLING GUIDED CYCLING TOURS TO EXPERIENCE LOCAL LIFESTYLES Check Availability

Standard

Duration 3.5 hours
Time / Dates 09:00 AM – 00:30 PM
(Mar.14.2020 – Nov.30.2020 / Mar.20.2021 – Nov.30.2021),
02:00 PM – 05:30 PM
(Mar.14.2020 – Oct.10.2020 / Mar.20.2021 – Sep.30.2021),
01:15 PM – 04:45 PM (*Private only) (Oct.1.2021 – Oct.31.2021)
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point Hida-Furukawa Office
Includes Guide, Rental Bike, Helmet

Take the time to immerse yourself in the authentic Japanese countryside, encountering traditional rural lifestyles through interacting with locals and experiencing the beauty of nature.

Half (Private only)

Duration 2.5 hours
Time / Dates [ Private ]
10:15 AM – 04:45 PM (Mar.14.2020 – Nov.30.2020 / Mar.20.2021 – Nov.30.2021)
02:00 PM – 04:30 PM (Mar.14.2020 – Dec.20.2020 / Mar.20.2021 – Dec.20.2021)
01:15 PM – 04:45 PM (Dec.1.2020 – Dec.20.2020 / Dec.1.2021 – Dec.20.2021) [ Group ]
02:00 PM – 04:30 PM (Mar.14.2020 – Nov.30.2020 / Oct.1.2021 – Nov.30.2021)
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point Hida-Furukawa Office
Includes Guide, Rental Bike, Helmet

Experience Hida’s highlights in a shorter tour on flatter terrain which lets you discover traditional rural lifestyles through interaction with locals and showcases the beauty of nature. An alternative to our Standard tour, suitable for those who might have less time, less energy or young families.

Ride & Hike (Private Only)

Duration 5 hours
Time / Dates [ May.1-Jul.15, Aug.21 – Sep.30, Oct.16 – Oct.31 ] 10:15 AM – 03:15 PM
Min.Number of Participants 1 *available from age: 13 years old, height: 145cm
Meeting Point Hida-Furukawa Desk
Includes Guide, Rental Bike, Helmet, Bento box lunch

A moderately challenging combination of cycling and a short hike in the woods. Recommended for more adventurous participants to discover beautiful waterfalls amidst a broad panorama of the Japanese Alps. A local packed lunch is provided.

Food Walk + CYCLING (private only)

Duration 6 hours
Time / Dates [ Mar.20 – Dec.20 ] 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM / Every day
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point Entrance gate of Takayama Jinya
Includes Guide, Local Food & Sake Tasting, Transportation (Takayama to Hida Furukawa), Lunch at traditional restaurant

A morning town walk in Takayama seeks out traditional shops where you can try a myriad of local delicacies and sake. After lunch with your guide, travel together to Hida-Furukawa, where our cycling tour will showcase the essence of local rural lifestyles, culture and nature.

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Crafts, Cuisine & Culture Guided Discoveries of History, Culture, Crafts, Food and More Check Availability

Food Walk

Duration 2.5 hours
Time / Dates All Year 09:30 AM – 00:00 PM / Every day
(Private Tour: 09:00 AM – 11:30 AM)
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point Entrance gate of Takayama Jinya
Includes Guide, Local Food & Sake Tasting

The tofu seller, sake brewery, Japanese sweets shop…and many more. Takayama remains deeply rooted in its local culture and history, with daily life still revolving around the longstanding traditional shops you will experience and sample from on this tour.

CRAFT Walk

New! from Dec.1.2019.

Duration 2.5 hours
Time / Dates All Year 02:00 PM – 04:30 PM / Every day
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point Entrance gate of Takayama Jinya
Includes Guide, tea break

Takayama is renowned for its variety and quality of crafts, notably woodwork, pottery and textiles. Experience the full richness and diversity of Takayama’s craft culture in this guided exploration of the Old Town, showcasing genuine crafts made in the traditional manner.

THE ART OF CRAFTMANSHIP WALK (PRIVATE ONLY)

New! from Dec.1.2019.

Duration 2.5 hours
Time / Dates In view of the craftsmen’s working schedule, the studios we visit and the timings of the tour will differ. To book, please send us a request specifying morning or afternoon
All Year / Every day
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point in front of iCafe TAKAYAMA (Takayama station 1F)
Includes Guide, Yatai Kaikan (Festival float museum) admission fee, tea break

Intricate yet imposing, the stunningly beautiful festival floats of Takayama have attained recognition as part of the national heritage of Japan. This tour allows participants a rare insight into the highly-skilled work behind the majesty of the floats, through meeting the craftsmen who maintain them and observing the traditional techniques employed in these artworks. The tour concludes with a visit to the Festival Floats museum to see the ‘finished product’!

Hida-Furukawa Town Walk (Private ONLY)

Duration 2.5 hours
Time / Dates All Year 02:00 PM – 04:30 PM / Every day
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point Hida-Furukawa Desk
Includes Guide, Festival Hall admission fee, tea break

Set in a beautiful valley encircled by tree-lined hills, Hida-Furukawa has maintained the traditional small town feel of rural Japan. Highlights include impressive temples, sake breweries, the Setogawa canal full of giant carp in the warmer months and the museum devoted to Furukawa’s pride and joy, its festival. But most of all, there is no better place to experience the slow-paced rhythms of traditional Japanese rural life.

Hida CUISINE cookERY class

New ! from Jun.2020

Duration 2.5 hours
Time / Dates All Year 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM / Every day
Min.Number of Participants 1
Meeting Point SATOYAMA STAY NINO-MACHI KITCHEN STUDIO
Includes Guide, food

Learn how to make typical HIDA dishes using fresh local ingredients, drawing on the food culture handed down through generations. The precise dishes made will vary depending on the season, with the exception of Miso soup; no Japanese meal is complete without that! After the cookery experience, guests can enjoy the fruits of their efforts.

Typical Menu:  Miso soup with seasonal vegetables, pan-fried chicken with cabbage, potatoes with Egoma (perilla seeds) sauce and rice.

Winter Tours Enjoy snow scenery and experience Check Availability

Japan alps Snowshoeing

Formally Shinhotaka Snowshoeing

Duration 3 hours
Time / Dates 08:30 AM – 01:00 PM / Every day
Jan.10 – Feb.24
*Please note that this timing relates to the guided part of the tour. The round trip can take 8hrs if guests are coming from Takayama. See the schedule below.
Min.Number of Participants 2
Meeting Point Takayama Nouhi Bus Center * If the guests not come from Takayama, please contact us
Includes Guide, Boots, Outerwear, Snowshoes, Walking poles, 1,000yen meal coupon, Bus tickets from Takayama, ropeway ticket, Insurance

Experience the Hida winter close up in a forest of the northern Japanese Alps.  From Takayama, bus then cable car transport you to a stunning mountainous setting for a 2-hour guided  snowshoeing exploration, after which you can take the upper cable car to an altitude of 2150 metres for the best panoramic view of the Japanese Alps.

  • Children over 10yrs can join the tour.
  • We only have boots 22.5cm up to 29cm of size. Please bring own water-proof boots if your size is smaller than 22.5cm or over 30cm.

SATOYAMA Snowshoeing

Duration 2.5 hours
Time / Dates Jan, Feb 01:00 PM – 03:30 PM / Every day
Min.Number of Participants 2
Meeting Point Hida-Furukawa Desk
Includes Guide, Boots, Outerwear, Snowshoes, Walking poles, Insurance

This tour combines the best of both worlds, allowing us to experience nature close up while never far from human habitation in a village setting. We visit snow-covered fields where you can look out for animal footprints as well as an apple orchard, showcasing both nature and the way local people live closely in harmony with it.

  • Children over 6yrs can join the tour.
  • We only have boots 24cm up to 29cm of size. Please bring own water-proof boots if your size is smaller than 24cm or over 30cm.

Custom Tours Stress-free Countryside Trips For Your Clients

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CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TOURS

4-7 days notice: 30% of total charge
24 to 72 hours prior to the tour time: 50% of total charge
Within 24 hours of the tour time / No Show: 100% of total charge