Maze E-Bike Tour

Maze E-Bike Tour

25,000 JPY~/person
Hida-Hagiwara station 6 Hours 2-6 People

Best way to explore the rural Japan

This is a guided rural e-bike tour with lunch at the Maze Village and the Hagiwara Town in the Hida region. Just a short hop from Takayama or Gero Hot Spring but you will see no tourist around there, which gives you a great opportunity to see and understand the real life in the countryside of Japan, also being free from tourist crowds or hustle-bustle cities. On the way to the village, we have a long uphill but our e-bike helps you a lot so that you can easily enjoy seeing the nature of Hida Mountains and the super crystal Maze River. Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you to picturesque spots and offer you some local stories about history, culture and lifestyle. Seeing the tranquil views and tasting the special meal with local ingredients, you can fully enjoy the authentic rural Japan. This tour must be off the beaten path experience that you have never had in tourist spots. - Introduced on The Guardian in Sep, 2018 - Certified as one of the top 10 experiences in Japan of Tripadvisor 2019 Travelers' Choice *Private tour is offered as described on the rate list below. Please contact us before booking if you want. *On 8th October 2024 or later, there is no group tour and we offer only private tour. Please directly contact us if you want to make a reservation.

Our safety measures against COVID-19

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

*Please make sure to check your temperature before leaving an accommodation. If you are not well, please stay for yourself and other guests.

Beautiful Spot

Along the way to the Maze Village, you can take lots of nice shots. Of course, the village itself is amazingly peaceful and scenic place.

Professional Guide

Guide is one of key factors to maximize the quality of experience. All of our guides are experienced and knowledgeable.

Cultural Story

Our friendly guides will share interesting local stories about history and lifestyle in the rural village.

Easy Access

Just 40 minutes train ride from Takayama (10 minutes from Gero). Tour starts and ends at the station.

Does this look like fun? Book tickets today!

Tour Detail

  • Rate: 25,000 JPY~ / person (Depends on season & number of people)
    *Private tour : Please contact us first to check the availability.
     Participants Rate for group
     2 people 135,000 JPY
     3 people 148,500 JPY
     4 people 162,000 JPY
     5 people 175,500 JPY
     6 people 189,000 JPY
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 28km
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM
  • Period: March – November
  • Number of Participants: 2 – 6
  • Departure & Return: JR Hida-Hagiwara station (8:00am train leaving Takayama arrives at Hida-Hagiwara at 8:37am)

  • Inclusions
    • English speaking guide
    • Rental e-bike (Panasonic)
    • Lunch
    • Use of helmet
    • Insurance
    • Local taxes
    • Tea
  • Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Bottle of water
    • No basket attached on e-bike
    • Gloves
  • Minimum height is 145cm and maximum height is 185cm
  • We do not take any responsibility for any problem, concern and discomfort that a person who is out of the height limits has on a bike ride
  • Participants should be capable of cycling
  • Not recommended for those who have not ridden a bike for a long time
  • Not recommended for those who have any heart or vision problem since there is 1km×2 dark tunnel (participants can choose cycling or walking through the tunnel for safety reason)
  • Please note that you have to cycle by yourself from start to end since no support car follows us
  • Please book a private tour not to bother yourself and other guests if you are not so confident in your physical strength
  • No child seat is available
  • We may cancel a tour due to poor weather and road condition (full refund)
  • No refund or no alternative date will be given when you do not show up at the meeting time for any reason (meeting time is 10 minutes before start time of tour)
  • Please understand that we very occasionally take 7-8 guests at once depending on availability or weather
  • Please let us know at time of booking if you have any food restriction or allergy (available for vegetarian)
  • 31 days or more prior to the tour date: 0% of a tour fee
  • 15 days to 30 days prior to the tour date: 10% of a tour fee
  • 8 days to 14 days prior to the tour date: 30% of a tour fee
  • 4 days to 7 days prior to the tour date: 50% of a tour fee
  • 1 day to 3 days prior to the tour date: 80% of a tour fee
  • Within 1 day prior to the tour date or no show: 100% of a tour fee

*When the tour is cancelled due to bad weather or road condition, we will give you a full refund.

  • Participants can bring and store suitcases inside of our bike garage during the tour so that they can directly head to the next destination such as Kyoto or Tokyo just after the tour
  • It is preferred to bring a jacket and gloves to keep you warm in autumn and winter season
  • The current model bike does not have any basket for safety so it is better to bring a backpack

Itinerary

Head for the scenic valley village. Along the way, we will stop the historical shrine, the local restaurant and more.

9:00 AM - Meet up & Instruction

Our guide welcome you at the station. After the registration, he or she shares the summary of tour and how to use e-bike.

9:30 AM - Historical shrine

The first stop is the historical shrine. This is the oldest building in the Hagiwara Town, which has an interesting story related history of the Hida region.

10:00 AM - Old sake brewery

In the middle of town, there is a traditional sake brewery. You can take a look in the shop without tasting. (Weekend closed)

11:00 AM - Cycle in the Maze Village

After the uphill and tunnel, you will see the scenic valley village, and bike along the super clear river that you have never seen before.

12:00 PM - Local restaurant

Lunch is always the highlight of tour. All meals are prepared with only local produce. When the restaurant is closed, local bento box is provided.

1:30 PM - Break time

Before going back to the station, we stop by the crystal river for a leisurely time.

3:00 PM - Return to the station

The way back to the station is mainly downhill, which you can feel the clear mountain breeze just to go down easily.

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“Daisuke was the perfect guide and host, keeping the pace comfortable for everyone in our group of four, explaining interesting sites, providing lunch and finally an afternoon coffee break by a beautiful spot riverside. I highly recommend making this one of your stops in Japan.”
Masa Kimball
Tennis player
“What a wonderful way to explore the area! The bikes were easy to use and Daisuke was a wonderful guide. The lunch was great! I recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see a non touristy side of Japan. Please, don't miss this one! I still smile when I think about it :)”
Jessica Wigger
Adventurer

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