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Our E-Bike Tour Wins Top 10 Experiences in Japan of TripAdvisor 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award

We are happy to share this big news! Just a couple days ago, one of our tours named “1-Day Rural E-Bike Tour in Hida” was certified as one of top 10 experiences in Japan of TripAdvisor 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award. The award winners are selected based on millions of reviews and opinions collected for a year on TripAdvisor. There are various categories such as hotel, beach and experience. We wins one of the top 10 experiences in Japan announced last week. Our tour took 8th place of 10. Different from other 9 tours, this bike tour is the only one held in non-touristy part of Japan, which is the Maze … Read More

Why Don’t You Taste Ayu (Sweetfish)? – The Most Precious & Unique Fish in The World

Have you ever seen the fish in below pictures? This is Ayu in Japanese and Sweetfish in English. It is one of the most popular freshwater fish in Japan but foreign people don’t know about it so much. Then, I’d like to tell you how special it is since my current place Maze is the best place to fish and eat it. Long history of Ayu in Japan as word origin says I like investigating any history like origin of a word. Ayu actually has a log history with Japanese people. Why is it called “Sweetfish” Before telling you about the word history of Ayu, I’d like to talk about … Read More

Super Unique Accommodation in Tokyo Drew on Italian Style

We have a distributed hotel in Japan. To my suprise, it’s located in the metropolitan city; Tokyo. I talked about Albergo Diffuso one day and I’ll share the Japanese one today. Albergo Diffuso: New Accommodation Style in Italy What’s hanare? It’s a regional integrated hotel at Yanaka, Taito in Tokyo. The concept is like below. HAGISO showed in the center of circle is the reception and the receptionist introduces the town including the information of restaurant and shop. It’s just same as Albergo Diffuso in terms of scattering outside after check-in!! Every place such as shop, cafe and public bath is a part of hotel so we can enjoy everything with … Read More

Albergo Diffuso: New Accommodation Style in Italy

What do you imagine when you hear accommodation? You might think of ryokan, hotel, tourist home or guest house… There are many accommodation styles today and I’ll show you unique one of them; Albergo Diffuso. (Just to say, ryokan is my favorite one.) What’s Albergo Diffuso? Albergo Diffuso was born in Italy, which is a new type of lodging. Each of word means like below. Albergo=Hotel Diffuso=Scatter Therefore, it’s translated like scattered hotel. Generally, hotel is a building that provide some service but we use some buildings in Albergo Diffuso. We place the front at the center of village and utilize empty houses and rooms around there for accommodation. Then, … Read More

Load to Opening Farmers Lodging in Japan

Lodging service at private home is now controversial in not only the diet but nationwide. I’ll talk about Farmers Lodging similar to the lodging service. Have you ever heard farmers lodging? This topic is what I have been concerned about. Literally, it is “staying at farmer house”. Specifically, it means a tourism in rural areas. We can stay at farm or old folk house and enjoy life experience and interaction with local people in each place. It’s called as Green Tourism sometimes. Please refer to the below for your information. Vacation Rental Lists of Agriculture|STAY JAPAN Type of farmers lodging There are majorly 2 farmers lodging types for the host. … Read More

E-Bike Tour with Super Friendly UK Guests and Happy Coincidence!

This time, E-bike tour with UK guests. I would like to share not only the tour but the amazing coincidence happening afterwards. They are from Southampton but the big sister living in Japan as a TV caster booked our bike tour since her brother wants to see more rural area with his girlfriend. They stayed at Takayama and took train for 40 minutes to join in the tour fortunately. From the first sight at the station, I guessed they would be so friendly and humorous guys. Actually, that was true!  See it? As if they are not from UK! Maybe from US? haha. After some instructions, we started the tour as … Read More

Bike around with US Family to See the Life in Rural Japan

Today, I gonna share another memory with you. A customized e-bike tour with US family. They are from San Francisco and it is the first time for sons to come to Japan. That is why dad want them to see various parts of Japan, then picked Maze as the rural part. They stayed at Maruhachi Ryokan for 2 nights and joined in the e-bike tour on the 2nd day. Basically, our e-bike tour starts from the station but this time from the ryokan. It was the first trial tour actually. It took 4.5 hours and what we did is like below. Cycle around the rural village Visit a small shrine … Read More