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  1. Japan
  2. Nagano Prefecture
  3. Nagano

Minakami Half-Day Rafting

Product ID: 61621
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This is Japan's best whitewater rafting experience in the spring with over 12 kms of world-class grade of 3 to 4 rapids. The summer tour is more of a mellow experience with less challenging rapids but still plenty of fun both in and out of the boat.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
English, Japanese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Have an unforgettable rafting adventure in Japan, Minakami
  • Learn more from a professional guide
  • Swim in the crystal clear pools
Full description
In the spring (April-June) the Tone River provides continuous grade 3-4 rapids with typical course lengths around 12 km for the half day tour. You will raft through the picturesque township of Minakami, a town known for its rich history and hot springs. Not only do you get the excitement of some world class rapids but you will also learn about the history and culture of Japanese mountain town.

In the summer months (July-October) the river is more tame with mellow grade 1-2 rapids. At this time of the year you will spend a lot of time out of the boat, swimming in the crystal clear pools and jumping from the riverside cliffs. The cool water is a refreshing reprieve from the heat of summer. 
  • Rafting experience
  • Professional guide
  • Pick-up and drop off from designated meeting point
  • Tour photos and videos
  • All equipments
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

・Via Bullet Train Meeting Point: JR Jomokogen station Meeting Time: 8 am for the morning tour and 12:15 for the afternoon tour Access: Take a bullet train 'Joestu shinkansen' from Tokyo or Ueno station to Jomokogen station. (appox. 70 minutes) ・Via Car Meeting Point: Canyons Ltd. Minakami Spring Meeting Time: 9:00 am for the morning tour and 1:15 pm for the afternoon tour Summer Meeting Time: 9:15 am for the morning tour and 1:15 pm for the afternoon tour Access: Get on the Kanetsu Expressway going toward Niigata. Take the Minakami Interchange Exit and follow the posted signs (approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, depending on traffic).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
Know before you go
• Cancellation Policy:
• 15-7days before – 20%
• 6-2days before – 30%
• Day before – 50%
• On the day – 100%
• Things to bring: swimwear and towels
• If you wear glasses it is recommended to use disposable contact lenses
• If you use contact lenses, disposable contact lenses are recommended
• Minimum age is 6 years
• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
• Pregnant women cannot participate in this tour
• Tours still run if it is raining, though excessively high water may cause the tour to be canceled