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Azumino (Hotaka) half-day guided biking tour, Nagano

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Discover the natural beauty of the North Japan Alps scenery with this guided biking tour in Hotaka, Azumino, in the Nagano Prefecture, along with Yasuyuki, an experienced guide.

Not specified

Japan Alps

1/2 Day

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Open to everyone



Azumino is a city located among the picturesque valleys of the Japanese Alps in Nagano, in the heart of the countryside of Honshu, the central island of Japan. The town boasts a unique combination of natural beauty, together with interesting history and culture.

I invite you to join me on a half-day guided bike tour in former Hotaka, a town that is now part of Azumino. The modern city of Azumino was established in 2005 by merging the towns of Hotaka, Akashina, Toyoshina and 2 other villages.

We will meet at the Hotaka station, at the bike rental shop, and from there our biking adventure begins. From the Matsumoto Station, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to get to the Hotaka station.

We will enjoy the stunning scenery of the North Japan Alps, passing by historical landmarks and even tasting pure spring water. The tour will take us about 3,5 hours.

So send me a request if you want to join me and discover the natural beauty of Hotaka. Join me and enjoy a wonderful biking tour in Nagano.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes:

- Tax

- Bike and Helmets Rental Fee

- Admission fees for facilities

It doesn't include: lunch, soft drink and travel insurance.


More info

Kit List: - ID card (at least 1 person in the group) - Credit Card (the one used to make reservation) - 5 yen coin - Hat or Cap - Towel - Water bottle (500 ml bottle is normally enough) - Rain wear (separate anorak and trousers are preferable. Umbrella is not good for biking tour) - Small backpack

*Child sized bikes are available, but there are a limited number. Please check with us in advance. If children are not big enough to ride by themselves, child seats and helmets are available (+ 500 yen), but there are a limited number.

Meeting point

We will meet at the square in front of the Hotaka station. Please come before the starting time of the tour. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to get from Matsumoto Station to the Hotaka Station. Please be aware that the number of trains is limited here, so there is a train every 30 minutes or 1 hour.

About the guide

I love nature. I love cycling, hiking and climbing.

I have worked in Canada, joined the MTB race in Africa, and traveled to Central America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Everywhere, I've tried to see as much nature as possible. Nature is so different in every country and I find that immensely moving.

I believe that Japanese mountains are one of those places that you must visit at least once. Since Japan consists of small mountainous islands, you can experience many different landscapes almost at once - cities, small villages, flat lands with beautiful rice fields (rice is the foundation of Japanese culture), lush forests, green mountains and rocky mountains.

Nagano is the most mountainous prefecture in Japan and best place to see nature and go hiking and biking. That is why I now live in Nagano, helping world travelers enjoy the nature and culture of Japan.

Come visit Japan and have special experience in Nagano with us.


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What people are saying about this trip

Bart Van Daele


April, 2019

It was a fantastic experience : good weather, sakura, the mountains and a great guide. Not a tour for sports fanatics but for people interested in nature, culture and ...wasabi. The guide took us by amazing smal paths, temples, springtime flowers and trees and as highlight : the wasabi farm where he invited us at marvelous green tea. Enjoy!


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