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Dep. Akihabara Station Countryside Cycling (Dam Course)

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Duration

1day

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English, Japanese

Overview

  Dep.:Akihabara Station

  Time period:2020/04/04-2020/11/30

  Operating days:Sun・Wed

Meal:Lunch included

This tour includes a bicycle ride. If you haven’t been riding a bicycle for a while, please make sure you are able to ride a bicycle before participating.

Children must be at least 130cm tall.

Also, children’s bicycles don’t include electric assist. Since the bicycle used has a lightweight aluminium frame and 7 different speed gears, children who can ride a bicycle will be able to participate without any problems.

Infants who can’t ride a bicycle will be provided with a child seat. Please contact us in advance using the inquiry form if you want to use this service.

 Reservation Deadline/2days before tour (0:00)

Reservation online can be done from 6 months to 2 days in advance. If you want to reservate further in advance or on the day before, please use the inquiry form to contact us directly.

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Itinerary

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How to find the Akihabara Bus Station
How to find the Akihabara Bus Station

How to find the Akihabara Bus Station
Please use the bus headed to Mashiko Station that departs at 8:20 AM.

Since there is no reception staff at the Akihabara Bus Station, please show your reservation paper to the bus driver in advance and sit down in the designated area.

This bus will definitely depart at 8:20 AM, so please be sure to get on the bus in time.

The last stop of this Highway Bus is Mashiko Station.
The last stop of this Highway Bus is Mashiko Station.

The last stop of this Highway Bus is Mashiko Station. You will pass 8 bus stops on the way, but please don't get off beforehand. The bus usually arrives Mashiko Station around 10:30 AM. After you have arrived, please come to the MASHIKO Countryside Tours Information Desk in the Mashiko Station building.
Before the tour starts, we will inform you about precautions to take during the tour (for example traffic regulations).

As soon as we depart the station,
As soon as we depart the station,

As soon as we depart the station, you will be able to see the countryside expand in front of your eyes. While you enjoy the view, let us guide you through the culture and activities of the Satoyama of Mashiko.

Inspired by the shape of the mountains
Inspired by the shape of the mountains

Inspired by the shape of the mountains and designed to blend in with the background, the "Michinoeki Mashiko" building received several awards, including the Japan Architecture Award. We will inform you more about japanese architecture during the tour.

At said building, we will enjoy the "Mashiko Lunch"
At said building, we will enjoy the "Mashiko Lunch"

At said building, we will enjoy the "Mashiko Lunch", which is very popular even among locals. The use of fresh and local vegetables makes the food very nutritionally balanced, also rice as well as miso soup are free to refill as much as you like.

The best strawberries all over Japan are produced in Tochigi prefecture
The best strawberries all over Japan are produced in Tochigi prefecture

The best strawberries all over Japan are produced in Tochigi prefecture, which of course includes Mashiko. We want you to enjoy the extraordinary taste as a dessert after lunch - let's go strawberry picking!

After the strawberry picking delight
After the strawberry picking delight

After the strawberry picking delight, you will enjoy about a 5km long cycling ride! Passing through the gentle hills of Oogoto Dam, a dam that stores the water in the mountains for agricultural use.

Higeta Aizome Koubou
Higeta Aizome Koubou

Returning back to the city center from the rural area, the last stop on our tour will be Higeta Aizome Koubou, which has a long history of craftsmanship in Mashiko. Thatched roofs, indigo dyeing kilns and plant dyieng are all designated as cultural properties and have a 220 year history.

We will be back at Mashiko Station at around 15:45.

We will be back at Mashiko Station at around 15:45. The bus back to Akihabara will depart at 16:00. You will arrive Akihabara Station at around 19:10.

Included/Excluded

  • Tour Guide (English・Japanese)
  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Lunch・Snack
  • Inquiry compensation
  • Water to drink
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves (winter)

Tour's Location

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FAQs

FAQ
Q1: Can my children join a guided tour as well?

A: Of course! We offer mountain bikes for children (height 120cm-135cm) and juniors (height 135cm-145cm). Also, we offer kids chairs that can be used by children up to 22kg in weight. You’re very welcome to join our guided group tours together!
(Because the number of children’s bicycles is limited, please make a reservation as soon as you can.)
Q2: Is there a parking lot nearby?
A: There is a free parking lot at Mashiko Station and one at Mashiko Farm Desk.
Q3: How do I make a reservation?
A: You can use the application form on this site.
Q4: What happens if it rains?
A: Even if it’s raining, Countryside Tours will still be held. In these cases, we offer raining jackets. In case of extreme weather conditions, we may decide to cancel, but will contact you in advance.
Q5: Is there a cancellation fee?
A: We are sad about your decision to cancel. If you cancel your reservation before the day of the tour up until 17:00, there will be no cancellation fee. After that, a cancellation fee will be charged. Please refer to the cancellation policy for details.
Cancellation policy

Q6: I don’t feel too confident in my physical fitness, can I still participate in a guided tour?
A: We use bicycles with an electric assist, so everyone can easily ride a bicycle with only using half the power. Customers have said that they could easily ride a 10km to 20km distance with those bicycles.
(Please note that children’s bicycles do not have an electric assist.)



Q7: What kind of clothes should I wear?
A: Depending on the season, please come in clothes that are appropriate for a cycling tour. Sporty shoes like sneakers and comfortable pants are recommended.
During the hot summer, you are advised to bring hats, sunglasses and a towel. If you have clothes that are quick-drying, sweat will not make you feel uncomfortable.
In cold weather, please bring warm clothing such as gloves and knit hats, as well as windbreakers and fleece jackets.
Q8: Is there a place to store my luggage?
A: We will keep it at the reception desk.
Q9: Can I also take part in a tour on my own?
A: Of course! Please feel welcome to join.
Q10: Are there bathroom breaks during the tour?
A: Naturally we will make bathroom stops during the tour. Please inform your tour guide in case you need an extra bathroom break before it’s too late.
Q11: Is insurance included?
A: We have an accident insurance based on the law. The insurance fee for that is included in the tour price.
Q12: How do I pay?
A: When applying from the web, online payment will be made at the same time as the reservation. Please pay by credit card according to the online payment procedure displayed on the screen.
* If you cannot make a reservation online, please contact us directly. The only cards that can be used are VISA or MASTER CARD.
Q13: The payment doesn’t work.
A: Please check again if your card is either VISA or MASTER CARD. If you can’t conclude the payment for other reasons, please contact us directly.
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