Our tour – One day fun & experience ride in Kamogawa – that was planned on October 17th has been rescheduled to October 31st due to bad weather. Seats are still available. For details please check Cycling Tours B
For details, please see Cycling Tours B.
The tour is sponsored and subsidized by the government and local organization. It is just JPY5,000 with lots of experience and rental cycle. It will be fun riding an eBike in the beautiful mountains.
A well described article about Minamiboso and Boso Adventure Tours from Tokyo Weekender has been released.
We have some cycling tours planned in September with some seats left!
Please see 【Cycling tours in September】
Do you want to get away from the city crowds and enjoy the open nature?
We will have day tours in Minamiboso on the following dates:
September 6th Sun
September 22nd Tue Holiday
September 28th Monday
In the given environment, we encourage you to come by car – it is only 70 to 80 minutes from Tokyo.
Alternatively, we recommend the highway bus that departs from Tokyo and Shinjuku station and we will pick you up at the bus stop.
For more details please refer to “Potter around Minamiboso – Day tour” and fill in the “Tour Inquiry Form”.
The tour price will be on discount and the number of participants will be limited to 2 to 6 people per tour to avoid the crowd.
Price per person (includes lunch, guide support, rental cross bike):
JPY6,500 for 4 to 6 people
JPY7,000 for 2 to 3 people
On June 21st , we had our first trial run of the Nokogiriyama walking tour.
It was a day tour starting from 10 am which ended around 4 pm. We started our tour at Nokogiriyama museum where the director guided to us through the extensive stone cutting history of Nokogiriyama. He shared interesting facts such as women in the old days used to carry stones up to 80 kg from top of the mountain to the bottom! The stones were shipped to important sites such as the Imperial palace and the Daiba fortress and used to built it. These are the history even the local people aren’t aware of.
Then we hiked Nokogiriyama. After learning the extensive history of the mountain, the difference of the mountain between the past and now caught us all by the surprise. 670 steps were a good exercise of a hike, and we climbed down. For lunch, we visited a local traditional Sushi restaurant that serves only natural fish.
In the afternoon, we visited “Oyama Senmaida” the closest terraced rice paddies to Tokyo. Members of the preservation association told us how things were managed to maintain the rice paddies. It was very difficult to manage the paddies this year because of the-COVID 19 situations since the trust owners could not come from Tokyo, so the association members did the planting on their behalf. The unique feature of this place that it is the ONLY paddy field in Japan where watering is solely sourced by the rainwater. This is only possible because of the nature of the soil, which mainly consists of clay.
Our final destination was Kameda Shuzo brewery, where we had the factory tour. Their Sake “Jyumangame” has been awarded by the Monde Selection for five years in a row. It was also interesting to learn about the current trend of Sake consumption. You could have a Sake tasting at the shop!
We would like to thank the participants for participating and for the constructive and extensive feedback they all contributed to. Reflecting on those feedbacks, we will improve our itinerary and officially launch the tour shortly!
【On this occasion, we would also like to inform how we cope with the COVID-19 situation】
– We will accept participants who can join with their own car. We will not use public transportation during our tours
– We will deliver mask/gloves and encourage the participants to put them on when necessary. We will always have alcohol hand gels and sanitizers at all time during our tour
This new video is about Nokogiriyama that was selected 2nd in the Nikkei review of the must-sees of “Deep Japan”. Once the situation settles down, we will launch a new tour, the “Nokogiriyama Tour”. This will not be a cycling tour but a walking tour learning about the local history/culture and we will go even deeper listening to the stone cutting history of Nokogiriyama. We will also visit the beautiful terraced rice paddies “Oyama Senmaida” and the local popular Sake brewery “Kameda brewery”.
February 24 was a beautiful sunny day, and we had a 20 kilometer day tour sponsored by Kamogawa Wellness Sports. This tour was not only riding through the farms – what we call a “Satoyama” – but also experiencing and learning about the local culture. First, we visited Tamura strawberry farm and listened to Mr. Tamura, who told us how his farm was impacted by the typhoon last year and the recent COVID-19. The farm grows 15 types of strawberries and we tasted the difference by doing strawberry picking. Then we climbed the hill and went to “Oyama Senmaida” the closest terraced rice paddies to Tokyo. Members of the preservation club told us how things were managed to maintain the rice paddies. We cycled back to Minnami no Sato, a facility run by MUJI and had a cooking class instructed by a vegetable sommelier. We made salad and pasta using local vegetables for our lunch.
Feedback from the participants:
“The stories of the local farmers were very interesting. Nothing that could be done if it was a personal ride”
“It was an ideal ride for beginners like us. The route was safe, creative and beautiful”
“The cooking class was very well coordinated. The recipe was easy and very practical. We enjoyed working together with the other participants”