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Heartwarming Foodie Walk in the Peaceful Town of Hida

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Takayama, Gifu, JapanThe specific departure point is Hida-Hagiwara station. Your guide will pick you up at the station before the tour starting time.
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    Stop: 3 hours -
    Your guide will welcome you at Hida-Hagiwara station, and show some instruction of tour first. The total walking length is just 2km and there are 5 or more stops such as the historical shrine, local shops and a cafe. All food we offer on the tour are local specialty, and the tour guide will explain the story or the connection to actual local lives at each spot. Surprisingly, you will have a special experience to visit the sake brewery and the old miso shop to learn the way to make, and enjoy tasting the difference of flavors. Another highlight of tour is interactions with local people. During the tour, you can meet some locals and the guide will also help you have a friendly chat with them. Those conversations will make you feel the warmth of local town and understand the real lives of countryside that you cannot experience at major touristy places. This is not just a food walking tour but touching and sophisticated cultural experience.
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You'll return to the starting point
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Takayama, Gifu, Japan
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • English speaking guide
    • Sake tasting (5 small cups)
    • Miso tasting
    • Beef croquette
    • Traditional Japanese sweet
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Local taxes
    • Insurance
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Train ticket between Takayama and Hida-Hagiwara station
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • When it rains or snows, we will basically hold the tour as scheduled
    • If it is canceled due to poor weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund
    • Participants can store luggages inside of our garage during the tour
    • The specific departure point is Hida-Hagiwara station, and your guide will pick you up at the station before the tour starting time
    • Please directly contact us via our website "UMESEKO TOUR" if the date you want to book is not available on the calendar
    • Near public transportation
    • Please let us know at time of booking if you have any food restriction or allergy
    • Minimum drinking age is 20 years
    • Not allowed to drink sake but infants and children can participate with adults
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    More than a food tour, this is a tour of a beautiful small town with an excellent guide who clearly loves it. You will learn about local history and produce (eg I learned that most miso in Japan is not made from soybeans), and sample some of the town’s specialties including a
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    Response from UMESEKO_TOUR, Owner at Heartwarming Foodie Walk in the Peaceful Town of Hida
    Responded 30 Nov 2019
    Dear Lauren, Thank you so much for sharing your thought about our food walking tour in the peaceful countryside town. Glad to see your comment to appreciate the experience. I still remember you liked Japanese sake and miso and were interested in the way of making. Hida Region is one of the best areas to know Japanese food culture. We are always proud of sharing the stories with guests from overseas. Thanks for including us in your precious trip in Japan. Hope to see you again! Warm Regards, Daisuke
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    This tour was beyond our expectation! Dai really knew the subject. He even introduce with a little bit of historical facts. The ratio between touring, historic detail and tasting was excellent. All ownera that we met along the places we visited were really friendly and kind. Dai
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    Response from UMESEKO_TOUR, Owner at Heartwarming Foodie Walk in the Peaceful Town of Hida
    Responded 7 May 2019
    Dear Kathreen, Thank you so much for coming to the local food walking experience and writing a fantastic comment on that. As described on the title, this walking tour is different from others. It is a heartwarming walking tour. Not only tasting some sample of local food but also we feel the warmth of the peaceful countryside town in Japan. Glad to see you loved the town and people there! Hope you will come back to Japan in the near future. Thanks for visiting us again! Warm Regards, Daisuke
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    Dai was an excellent guide with a lot of interesting information about the region, both past and current. You can tell he is truly passionate about bringing tourists to this remote area to help them experience Japanese life away from the tourist hot spots. We visited several
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    Response from UMESEKO_TOUR, Owner at Heartwarming Foodie Walk in the Peaceful Town of Hida
    Responded 14 Apr 2019
    Dear Matt, Thanks for coming despite the terrible weather condition and giving us such a lovely comment. It was an unforgettable day ever for me. I also really enjoyed the time with you. So glad to hear that you loved the local shops we visited during the tour. We are proud of their products of course but as you say, their hospitality and generosity always satisfy our guests. That was our pleasure to take you to the local restaurant. If you have a second chance to visit the Hida region, we will gladly welcome you to the bike tour. Hope you will remember the time you spent here with tasting sake. Warm Regards, Daisuke
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    I was staying nearby in Takayama. I have traveled all over Japan and frankly I am a little tired of huge cities and crowds of tourists. This walk with Dai was just what I needed. He was a very enthusiastic promoter of a quieter life in Japan. I thoroughly enjoyed our visits to a
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    Response from UMESEKO_TOUR, Owner at Heartwarming Foodie Walk in the Peaceful Town of Hida
    Responded 3 Apr 2019
    Dear Sam, Thanks for your time to write a great review about our food walking tour. That was my pleasure. I also had a really good time with you in the peaceful town. We are sure that the small town is worth visiting to experience the local culture and take a rest from busy cities. You are the best person who should take this opportunity, which made us more proud of showing you around the countryside town. Personally, nice talking with you. I will never forget the conversation about the way to lead a better life. When you have a chance to visit Japan next time, hope you will explore some more peaceful places. Warm Regards, Daisuke
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    This tour was an amazing opportunity to experience small town Japan. A way to learn about the history and culture of the area, while walking around the town and sampling local food and drink. We visited the local shrine, and learned about its history and how it links to major
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    Response from UMESEKO_TOUR, Owner at Heartwarming Foodie Walk in the Peaceful Town of Hida
    Responded 24 Mar 2019
    Dear Kas, Thank you so much for your quick feedback! The tour is still new but we are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the experience. We are proud of the Japanese culture including food, history and lifestyle. This tour provides you the various perspectives to look into those deep cultural stories in the small town. Not only those cultural things but local people are always welcoming and warm for any visitors. It must be one of the highlights of tour. We really appreciate that as all of guests do. We had a lot of meaningful chat together. I will never forget you. Thanks for coming and hope to see you again in the near future! Warm Regards, Daisuke
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    Sureeporn I
    recommend this tour for everybody who want to enjoy Japan's nature and local life.
    I have traveled to Japan many times, but never have a chance to ride a bicycle to visit the countryside. After did
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    Fantastic Tour on Sake
    This tour is a must if you are interested in sake. Our guide Dai was very friendly and knowledgeable. I have
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    A fantastic experience
    I went on the full day bike tour and it was fantastic. The towns you visit are not frequented by tourists so you
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    E-Bike Tour with Daisuke
    Daisuke was a fabulous host, making sure we were safe and happy throughout the bike ride. The lunch he arranged
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    Wonderful bike tour in the Hida region!
    It was a cold morning, but Dai was there to welcome us at the station. The e-bikes were easy to use and welcomed
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    Great Tour
    Had the best time on our tour! Loved the fact that it was off the beaten track and based in a local community.
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    Perfect break away from city
    We came to Takayama intending it to be a nice break from all the awesome yet busy cities of Tokyo we were (and was
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    Melbourne, Australia
    More than a food tour
    More than a food tour, this is a tour of a beautiful small town with an excellent guide who clearly loves it. You
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    Great tour about sake
    This is a great tour for anyone who is interested in the history of sake, its brewing process and the different
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    Great tour to learn about Sake
    This is a really great tour if you really want to learn about good sake. Dai was really good and the sake that we
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    Wanaka, New Zealand
    Great day in the countryside with Dai
    A must do if you want to experience the other side of life in Japan. We caught the train from Takayama-Shi to
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    A must do
    Dai, was a great guide. We got to see the non touristy countryside and it was beautiful. He also told us about
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    Great guide, beautiful tour, delicious food
    This tour was one of the highlights of our 16 days in Japan. Dai gave great instructions on how the bikes worked
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    Jeanna R
    Beautiful Day!
    We had such a great day with Dai! The beautiful mountains, rivers, and a lovely lunch. Dai provided great info
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    Austin, Texas
    Beautiful ride
    Had a wonderful time with some friends taking in the countryside during the tour. Very thoughtful pacing through
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