Hihumi 1.2.3.
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We are an Australian/Japanese couple that have loved the Okumiawa area in Japan for a long time, we've made it our mission to spread our love of this incredible place and its stories as much as we can! This area deserves much more attention, and the local history needs to be preserved! With both of us guiding you, we offer both native-level English and Japanese, which is useful when talking about the complicated cultural history of Japan. We can't wait to share this place with you!
Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

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Apr 2024 • Family
We did a half day tour with Alex and Yuko. They were very friendly and helpful in organising a custom itinerary that suited our family with a young child. We did a short hike to the Atera waterfalls, learning about the local folklore and mythology of area. Visited their house and seeing the cherry blossoms in the village (we were lucky with the timing and they were in bloom). Our daughter had fun making gohei mochi and helping start growing shitake mushrooms in logs.

The area around shinshiro has a lot to explore and do. It's much less busy than the usual tourist spots with lines and crowds. Alex and Yuko can help guide you in the area and translate if needed.
Written 7 April 2024
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CG
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Feb 2024 • Couples
We did a number of tours with the wonderful Yuko and Alex, all of which were special and memorable. To maximise our experience and at the advice of our hosts, we hired a car from Hamamatsu to the Okumikawa area.

On our first half-day tour with our guide, we explored Mt. Horaiji, which was absolutely spectacular. Alex was a very knowledgable guide, explaining much of the geography and history as we hiked the historic steps of the mountain. If you are a nature lover, we highly recommend this tour. Though a half-day tour was a good amount of time to explore the mountain and hike to the main temple building, we recommend doing a full-day tour so that you can take your time at a leisurely pace and possibly undertake the full circuit.

In the evening, we participated in a special tour as part of 'Hanamatsuri'. This is a local festival that occurs in February (not to be confused with the larger Hanamatsuri that usually takes place in April). This was a truly memorable experience as we celebrated with the locals with warm amazake and various performances (including taiko drumming). If you find yourself in the area on a weekend in February, this is an unforgettable and special experience!

Our final half-day tour, exploring the countryside (inaka), was a beautiful way to end our time in Okumikawa. Our wonderful guides showed us some of the countryside landscape, including beautiful waterfalls along Japan's major fault line and some smaller local shrines. These were quite comfortable and leisurely walks through nature, which is a good balance compared the many steps of Mt. Horaiji. Yuko and Alex showed us the tradition of a green tea ceremony (not to be confused with a matcha ceremony) using local tea from the area, and how to make gohei-mochi over a fire.

Overall, whichever tour you decide to take with Yuko and Alex, you will certainly walk away feeling enriched by the nature of Okumikawa and the knowledge and abounding hospitality of your guides. Our only regret is that we did not spend more time in the beautiful Aichi countryside among some of Japan's most underrated landscapes and communities.
Written 13 March 2024
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Ayako K
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Sept 2023 • Couples
I had an unforgettable experience on this trip! The guides Alex and Yuko were so lovely, incredibly knowledgeable, providing insightful explanations about the history and culture that made the tourist spots even more captivating. The selection of places during the tour was excellent, allowing us to enjoy beautiful scenery and important landmarks without missing anything. Both guides Yuko and Alex were kind and professional, demonstrating thoughtfulness in every detail, ensuring a comfortable journey. Overall, this tour exceeded my expectations, and I look forward to participating in similar ones in the future.
Written 10 December 2023
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