Experience rural Japan by bike, on foot or on snowshoes
Satoyama Experience in Hida-Furukawa specializes in intimate, friendly and informative walking, cycling, and snowshoeing tours. Located in mountainous Gifu prefecture, Hida-Furukawa is a lovely rural village sitting in a wide valley, not far from Nagoya. Easily accessible by train from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya, this scenic region begs a visit.
The famous cycling tours take in the surrounding area, highlighting rice fields, a local food market, and cool water directly from mountain streams to quench any thirst. Snowshoeing tours in wintertime replace cycling, with a gondola ride up and knowledgeable guides leading you down through ancient forests covered in snow. In nearby Takayama, Satoyama Experience leads food tours through sake breweries, tofu shops, Japanese sweet makers, and more. These tours are a chance to connect with a Japan not so easily seen in busy Tokyo and Osaka—come and get a glimpse of Japanese life in the countryside.