whitewater asia


Kayaking and Rafting

The Land of the rising sun is not on most people’s radar for adventure holiday but it is a true treasure trove when it comes to multi activity adventure trips! The north island of Hokkaido is an adventures wonderland through winter with some of driest powder snow on the planet. It also has the biggest national park in Japan, the Daisetsu National park, with an amazing variety of tracks through forests and mountains. When the spring melts the area becomes a kayaker and rafter’s dream as rivers and creeks start flowing at full tilt. Being a relative small Island there is not really one river that could be a multi-day trip. But we can mix up over 20 rivers and creeks of all levels and combine river fun with mountain biking, hiking, trekking  to make this one hell of a tour!

Detailed Itinerary

We will make the perfect itinerary to suit you. All you have to do is let us know when you are coming and what you would like to do and we can mix and match activities like hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayakin, canyoning and snow boarding.

Whether you are planning to come for 2 days or 2 weeks we can put several itineraries together for your approval.

Dates and Prices

April till October. The best time of year for white water in Japan is from May till mid July but there are rivers to run all through the season from end of April to end of October. Prices Would depend on the length of your itinerary!

What to bring?

  • A pair of river shorts or swimming costume.
  • A pair of Chacos or similar sandals. Trainers are also okay.
  • Long sleeved shirt to wear under your life jacket.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
  • Wide brimmed sunhat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head.
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Thermal Top Medium weight – Heavyweight Capilene or polypropylene is the best.
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum
  • Lightweight long trousers.
  • Lightweight long Sleeved shirt.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Down jacket
  • Ladies should bring a long skirt or sarong to cover your legs whilst in the company of locals.
  • Underwear.
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes
  • A 3-season sleeping bag and thermarest sleeping mat
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Shoes or boots for the trek.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Any medication you may be taking.

Optional Items

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend bringing your own waterproof casing and a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof disposable for the “action” on the raft shots.
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman.
  • An iPod or other music preferences. We have speakers.

Personal Spending

  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the essentials.

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