Most people stroll through the historic district of Hida-Takayama, and go as far as the world heritage site at Shirakawago before heading home. Why not add a special experience to this typical route? Something to definitely check out is the Hida-Satoyama Cycling tour, which takes you through an area called Hida-Furukawa, where beautiful satoyama scenery still survives, and offers opportunities to interact with the locals.
Take a look at our photo gallery of a day of cycling in Hida-Furukawa, organised by Satoyama Cycling!
Continuing on from my recent trip to Shirakawa-go, here's a report from my first day in the Hida area, in which I passed through Takayama and stayed in a smaller village called Hida-Furukawa. The trip was operated by Satoyama Experience.
Now, some may say I'm a stick in the mud, but I've never considered myself the kind of man who gets excited at the thought of going fruit picking. Call me old fashioned, but that's just the way I was brought up. However, it's always good to try something, at least once in life, perhaps... And so it was that I found myself on a bus with a group of people, heading out of Tokyo on our way to rural Yamanashi Prefecture. After a short stop at a service station, we arrived at Miharashien and found ourselves surrounded by rolling fields with crooked trees growing in orderly lines.
The small minibus wound its way up the side of the mountain, I looked around at the winter trees sticking out in prickly leafless thickets with the occasional smattering of long thin pines. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, and I was on my way to the Hotel Mt. Fuji. Sitting up high at 1,100 meters, as the name would suggest, the hotel offers some of the finest views of the majestic old mountain that any in Japan can offer. Situated on the shores of Lake Yamanakako, one of Mount Fuji's 5 lakes, this hotel provides the perfect retreat for those looking to take in some real nature while visiting Japan.