The cycling tour was conducted by Satoyama Cycling and our guide for the day was the head of the company, Taku. Taku spent more than 500 days travelling around the world before coming back to Japan to settle in the Hida area - which he said he fell in love with instantly. One thing that shined through in his tour on the day, aside from his excellent English and flowing explanations, was his true passion for the traditions, culture and nature in the area. As well as a nice cycle, I found myself picking up tidbits of history and cultural trivia as we travelled around the mainly flat countryside.
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It was a wonderful day - probably one of the most enjoyable outings I've had in Japan! I'll definitely be going back soon.