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Maze E-Bike Tour

Takayama, Japan

Experience hosted by Daisuke

6 hours
Includes food, drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This is a special e-bike tour held at the non-touristy area close to Takayama, heading for the hidden valley village (Maze village) to see lots of scenic views and taste the authentic Japanese cuisine made with only local produce.
The tour starts at JR Hida-Hagiwara station. After some instructions, you will cycle around the historical town first. You need to go up the hill to visit the beautiful Maze village but do not worry about it. E-bikes we will offer you are the special machines, very easy to use and make steep hills seem flat!
At some points during the tour, you will take super nice pictures of the countryside and hear a lot of local things such as history, culture and lifestyle that you would never know without a guide.
Honestly, all of my guests have been amazed at the special food experience at the local restaurant. It always looks perfect, and tastes so good since all ingredients are produced in the village as gifts of nature.
Through 6h-28km leisurely e-bike tour, you will fully enjoy the rural Japan. Finally, this bike tour was posted on The Guardian as one of the best experiences in Japan! https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/sep/27/japan-tokyo-readers-tips-budget-affordable
Other things to note
I may cancel the tour due to poor weather condition. You can leave luggage inside my bike garage if you want. Please contact me directly if you want to book in a date not listed on the calendar.
This is a special e-bike tour held at the non-touristy area close to Takayama, heading for the hidden valley village (Maze village) to see lots of scenic views and taste the authentic Japanese cuisine made with only local produce.
The tour starts at JR Hida-Hagiwara station. After some instructions, you will cycle around the historical town first. You need to go up the hill to visit the beautiful Maze village but do not worry about it. E-bik…

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What's included

  • Food
    When the restaurant is not open, we have lunch box as an alternative. Veget...
  • Drinks
    Coffee / Tea
  • Tickets
    Insurance
  • Equipment
    Helmet
From $234
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Daisuke

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 78 Reviews
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3 years ago, I moved here from Tokyo to Takayama area to develop the rural communities. Then, I just started UMESEKO TOUR to offer some unique experiences for foreign travelers in Takayama area. I focus on telling the deep stories and cultures in non-touristy places of Hida Region. Asking local people and exploring around by myself, I have found a lot of things that you would never know on your own. After 1 year passed, I get developed on every tour, answering customers' questions, entertaining them with funny jokes. So I promise you can truly find many hidden gems of Takayama area with me!
3 years ago, I moved here from Tokyo to Takayama area to develop the rural communities. Then, I just started UMESEKO TOUR to offer some unique experiences for foreign travelers in Takayama area. I focus on telling the deep stories and cultures in non-touristy places of Hida Region. Asking local people and exploring around by myself, I have found a lot of things that you would never know on your own. After 1 year passed, I get developed on every tour, answering customers' questions, entertaining…
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Where you'll be

We start from Hida-Hagiwara station, just 35 minutes from Takayama via JR. We visit 2 locations during the tour. One is Hagiwara town, which has been historically connected with Takayama, and the other one is Maze village, which is certified as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan. Both places do not show on any guidebook or website. It is definitely non-touristy places but worth biking around to explore the hidden gems of Takayama area!
Rachel
November 2019
We wanted to get off the beaten track and see beautiful locations without crowds. This bike ride certainly did that! The lunch was spectacular, the locations charming and special. Daisuke himself was informative and interesting and had excellent English. The whole day was superb and exceeded our expectations
We wanted to get off the beaten track and see beautiful locations without crowds. This bike ride certainly did that! The lunch was spectacular, the locations charming and special.…
Mark
October 2019
Great experience. Fabulous way to experience the beauty of this region. E bikes made it very accessible for the less fit. Dai was a great host. Highly recommended
Jennifer
October 2019
I highly recommend taking the Maze e-bike tour with Dai, I was worried about the level of effort, but was able to get over the mountain with no problems on the e-bike. It was a beautiful day exploring an area of Japan that most people do not get to see. Dai had a great passion for the ecology and was very knowledgeable of the history, culture and people. The arranged lunch was beautiful with fresh local food. I’m glad I was able to spend an enjoyable day doing something different.
I highly recommend taking the Maze e-bike tour with Dai, I was worried about the level of effort, but was able to get over the mountain with no problems on the e-bike. It was a be…
Jane
October 2019
We absolutely loved this cycling experience. My husband and I cycled regularly until recently but I am 6 months pregnant and haven’t been doing any real training through my pregnancy so fancied doing something “assisted”. This was perfect. The bikes were just enough to make it exercise at a comfortable level without any strain. The roads are also safe and very quiet for anyone who might be apprehensive about cycling. Daisuke is a very friendly and warm person who added lots of little touches to make it a special trip. The food was lovely and we even had a swim in the river. Perfect. I’d definitely recommend for a wide range of fitness levels if you want to get out and see some of rural Japan. Absolutely beautiful.
We absolutely loved this cycling experience. My husband and I cycled regularly until recently but I am 6 months pregnant and haven’t been doing any real training through my pregnan…
Bethany
September 2019
My husband and I have never done an AirBnb experience before this one and we were extremely pleased with our decision! We highly recommend going to Hida-Harigawa and allowing Daisuke to take you to the breathtaking scenic routes of his rural town on his awesome and fast Panasonic eBikes! He even provides lunch in bento boxes that are phenomenal. I won't spoil any more. Just book now and YOU WON'T REGRET IT. 5/5 stars!!!
My husband and I have never done an AirBnb experience before this one and we were extremely pleased with our decision! We highly recommend going to Hida-Harigawa and allowing Dai…
Shane
July 2019
This day tour is an amazing experience that takes you out of Takayama and truly into the beauty of the Hida region, seeing equal parts rushing rivers, small town life, picturesque mountain views, and getting a wonderful dose of local food and hospitality. The e-bikes are perfectly suited to the trek needed to climb the mountain road from Hagiwara to Maze (you work for it but don't have to kill yourself!). Daisuke was a wonderful host, doing a great job pacing us, keeping up safe, sharing the local history and geographic wonder of the region, as well as his personal story of how he came to do these tours after leaving the salaryman world of Tokyo. He also takes awesome pictures of the experience. We enthusiastically recommend this tour to anyone.
This day tour is an amazing experience that takes you out of Takayama and truly into the beauty of the Hida region, seeing equal parts rushing rivers, small town life, picturesque…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 9 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes and shoes

Warm jackets and gloves (from Oct to Dec & Mar)