- duration 5 hours
- tour type Small group
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 10-79 yrs
- max group size 10
- guiding method Fully guided
- Tour Code BM-28117
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- See the beautiful Shiraito Falls or the Grand Temple, depending on the season
- Visit historical spots and the local bakery in the mountain village
- Enjoy handmade soba (buckwheat) noodles and tempura for lunch
- Tour a traditional sake brewery
From March to November, the tour starts with a slow and easy bike ride down to the majestic Shiraito Falls. Once at the falls, you can learn about their history, briefly explore the pool at the bottom, and take photos with the breathtaking falls as a backdrop.
During the months of December to February when it would be too cold to visit the waterfalls, the tour starts with a visit to the Nishiyama Honmoji Temple to learn about its history and unique characteristics.
The tour continues with a ride around the satoyama (mountain village). As you cycle to the village, delight in the scenic views of the rural landscapes and rice fields with Mount Fuji in the background. Experience a glimpse of the locals’ daily lives as you try some bread from the village bakery, and visit the elementary school and some historical spots around the village.
For lunch, we will stop at a local soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant where you can feast upon hand-made noodles with finely-battered tempura and locally grown vegetables (vegetarian or Muslim-friendly meals are available). As you relax and enjoy your meal, you can also have a friendly chat with the owner who has been running the shop for over 25 years and has personally prepared your meal.
The tour ends with a visit to a local sake brewery, where you can learn about the sake-making process from an 18th generation owner. Listen to him share his personal family stories, and try different types of sake.
Let’s get on our mountain bikes, and enjoy this adventure at the foot of Mount Fuji!
- Bike and helmet rental
- Handmade soba lunch with local vegetable tempura
- Visit to the historical sake brewery and tasting
- English speaking guide
- Transportation to and from Shin Fuji or Fujinomiya station
- Any international flights to/from Fujinomiya are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
- Travel insurance is not included in this Mt Fuji Satoyama Village Cycling Ecotour tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.Other Practical InformationBring a rain jacket and pants (in case of rain), comfortable clothes and your own bottle. We highly appreciate bringing your own water bottle to reduce plastic waste (free rental bottles are available!)
Is Asia open for tourists?
Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.
As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.
Do people in Japan speak English?
Estimates show that less than 30 percent of the Japanese population speak English at any level, with less than 5 percent being fluent speakers. So, the likelihood of encountering a fluent speaker on a random Japanese street is quite low. Most people working in tourist areas do understand simple English phrases, and most signboards, instructions, and menus in these areas are in both Japanese and English. Outside of these places, you will need a lot of hand gestures to get by.
How to plan an Asia tour?
Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country.
After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.
- What is the best time to visit Japan?
Which countries should I visit in Asia?
Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience.
Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.