I wrote on travel for the Huffington Post for 5 years, and of the 100 countries I've visited, this tour stands out. First of all, you're a genius for choosing this off-the-beaten-path part of Japan, and secondly Dai is a genius for the quality of service he gives. My highlight was hearing a fabulous Shamisen player (traditional Japanese guitar) at our lunch spot, and drinking in the fabulous aesthetic of an unspoiled country community that feels lost in time. Highly recommended.
We drank clear, fresh water from a well used in making local sake; we had an incredible lunch made with locally sourced ingredients, including ayu fish from the river and wild mountain vegetables; we got a bonus insight into a local fishery, with a lady explaining how she raises the fish to be released into the river;... and we got FRESHLY GROUND COFFEE ON A SECRET RIVER BEACH (tea drinkers don't worry - there was tea and sweets too). Sitting by the river, surrounded by trees with the sound of the water... this was a perfect way to wind down the tour - although, of course, we had to cycle back.
The e-bikes are very easy to use and make very steep hills seem flat. I felt overall I would have liked a bit more context about the area, the local industries and livelihoods, but Dai is more than happy to answer questions.
Cannot wait to take the longer tour next time I have a chance to visit the area.