Canyons Outdoor Adventures
Escape the city for a refreshing outdoor adventure experience. World class adventure tours in 4 locations, within 2 hours access from Tokyo & Osaka. Canyons provides a variety of quality adventures with a range of courses available to suit all thrill levels. Each tour can be customized to your needs for maximum satisfaction. Our international team of highly skilled and experienced professional guides will ensure you a safe and entertaining adventure. Canyons has four locations around Japan. For the Kanto area there are three bases; two in Gunma Prefecture, in the famous onsen mountain resorts of Minakami and Kusatsu, one in Nagano Prefecture in the olympic resort of Hakuba . For the Kansai and Shikoku area, Canyons has a base located on the picturesque Koboke Gorge on the Yoshino River. See Access for more details.
- Company NameCanyons Outdoor Adventures
- Company TypeCanyoning Specialists / General Outdoors
- Activities Available
- English Speaking Staff?Yes,If you can understand Kiwi accents (New Zealanders).
- Other Languages SpokenJapanese, Spanish, Portuguese
Activity & Rate Details
- General InformationChoose from any of the adventures below or combine adventures to form discounted full day or multi-day adventure combos. Accommodation, onsen and bbq. Email for details.
- Activity Rates
- Activity [￥]
- Snowshoe [5000-]
- Experience the beauty and tranquility of Japan's Winter wonderland. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic mountain views while touring through pristine native Japanese beech forests and sprawling (spacious) glaciers. Journey to translucent frozen wateralls and behold naturally contoured ice statues within hidden caves. Refresh your body with the taste of the crisp mountain air.
- Caving [14000-]
- Spend the day exploring the depths of Japans’ underworld. Climb, scramble and crawl through a series of passages, rapell down chutes into giant caverns, and experience the beauty of this limestone wonderland.
- Backcountry Ski & Snowboard [10000-]
- Escape the crowded slopes and experience the freedom of the mountains! Learn the basics of safe backcountry riding and equipment use from our professional guides.Take in spectacular mountain views while hiking and riding through some of Japan's best powder snow.
- Paragliding 
- Learn to fly! Half day & full day instruction by one of Japan’s most experienced pilots. Tandem paragliding also available.
- Bungy Jumping 
- Experience Japan’s highest bridge bungy. 42m of pure adrenaline with over 10 different styles of jump to cater for even the hardcore thrill seeker. Starts July 15th
- MTB 
- MTB professional Nathan Bennett (Team Specialized) will guide you from start to finish on your preferred downhill course. Support from Specialized Japan ensures every tour includes a quality Specialized mountain bike and full equipment. All beginner courses are entirely downhill, so no worries about hard uphill climbs!
- Rafting - Full Day [13000-]
- Spend your day challenging the mighty Tone Rivers 3 gorge sections; momiji, minakami and suwa. Over 24 kms of white water bliss with a delicious bbq lunch.
- Canyoning - Full Day [13000-]
- Full day tours are the perfect way to escape from the hussel and bustle of daily life to the seclusion of the canyons. Spend the day exploring some of Japans last wilderness frontiers.
- Rafting - Half Day [8000-]
- Minakami Onsen is the source for the Tone River, Japan's biggest river. During the Spring melt, April - June, the river provides consistant grade 4 rapids for over 12kms of whitewater rafting bliss. There are a number of different courses available to cater for all levels, from nervous beginners to adrenalin junkies.
- Canyoning - Half Day [8000-]
- Canyoning is the freshest and most exciting new adventure sport to hit Japan. An adrenalizing and revitalizing adventure with a multitude of courses available, to suit all thrill levels ! Negotiate your way down steep canyons by abseiling and jumping waterfalls and cliffs, cascading down natural chutes and swimming through crystal clear pools. 80% of the time is spent in the water The canyoning season starts in late April and continues through to early October.
- Cancellation PolicyIf there are any changes to your group numbers, please inform Canyons ASAP. Although we do not really like to take cancellation fees, cancellation charges may be applied as follows: 15 - 7 days before 20% 6-2 days before 30% day before 50% on the day 100%
- Payment InformationPayments are to be made in cash on the day.
- City / AreaGunma
- Nearest Train StationMinakami>>Minakami Stn (normal train) OR JomoKogen Stn (Bullet train) Kusatsu>>Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Stn Hakuba>> Hakuba Stn Shikoku>> Iwahara Stn
- Minutes from StationMinakami Stn 5 mins, JomoKogen Stn 20 mins, Nagano
- Pick up service available?Yes
- Nearest Expressway / Interchange / InterchangeMinakami - Minakami IC, Kusatsu - Shibukawa IC, Hakuba - Toyoshina OR Nagano IC, Shikoku - Otoyo
- Nearest National RouteMinakami - R17, Kusatsu - R405
- Getting ThereTo Minakami from Tokyo: Take the Kanetsu Expressway to Minakami I.C. ( Approx. 3 hours and 4000 yen in tolls.) From Niigata Take the Kanetsu Expressway to Minakami I.C. ( Approx. 2.5 hours and 4000 yen in tolls.) Kusatsu : From Tokyo Take the Kanetsu Expressway to Shibukawa I.C. then take route 145 towards Kusatsu. When you get to Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station follow the map to the base ( Approx. 4 hours and 3000 yen in tolls.) From Niigata Take the Kanetsu Expressway to Shibukawa I.C. ( Approx. 3 hours and 4500 yen in tolls.) From Nagano Take the Joshinetsu Expressway to Shinshu Nakano I.C. and follow signs onto the Shiga Nakano toll road for Shiga Kogen. The toll road runs into Rte 292 for Shiga Kogen. Continue over Mt Shirane to Kusatsu. Hakuba From Tokyo There are two options from Tokyo to get to Hakuba by car 1. Take the Chuo Expressway to the Okaya J.C.T and head towards Nagano on the Nagano Expressway. Exit at the Toyoshina Interchange and follow Rte 147 &148 through Omachi and onto Hakuba. 4hrs 2. Take the Kanetsu Expressway to the Fujioka J.C.T and head towards Nagano on the Joshinetsu Expressway. Exit at the Nagano Interchange and follow the Hakuba Nagano Olympic Road to Hakuba. 4hrs From Nagoya Take the Chuo Expressway to the Okaya J.C.T and head towards Nagano on the Nagano Expressway. Exit at the Toyoshina Interchange and follow Rte 147 &148 through Omachi and onto Hakuba. 3.30hrs From Osaka or Kyoto Take the Meishin Expressway to the Komki J.C.T, head up the Chuo Expressway to the Okaya J.C.T and head towards Nagano on the Nagano Expressway. Exit at the Toyoshina Interchange and follow Rte 147 & 148 through Omachi and onto Hakuba. 5.30hrs Shikoku From Osaka Kansai Go towards and past Kobe.Take Hanshin Expressway 3 to Akashi bridge . Follow the Expressway across Awaji, and onto Shikoku. After that head onto the Takamatsu Expressway then get off at Itano. Take the road towards Aizumi then get on the Kochi Expressway, headed for Kochi. Exit at Ikawa-Ikeda. Turn Left off the expressway and follow route 32 towards Kochi for about 35 minutes.Look for an orange bridge on your left and a sign for Tosa-Iwahara Station. After crossing the bridge turn left. Just past the station,(its a small building) is a driveway leading down to the river and our base. Come on down. From Okayama-Chugoku Take the Sanyo Expressway over the Seto bridge then follow the Takamatsu Expressway towards Kochi. Get off at Otoyo then follow route 32 towards Ikeda for about 25 minutes. Look for an orange bridge and a sign for Tosa-Iwahara Station as your turn-off on the right. Cross the bridge, take a left then just past the station is a driveway down to the river and our base. Come on down. From Hiroshima Kyushu Take the Shimanami-kaido across to Shikoku. Follow the Expressway towards Kochi and exit at Otoyo. Then follow route 32 towards Ikeda for about 25 minutes. Look for an orange bridge and a sign for Tosa-Iwahara Station as your turn-off on the right. Cross the bridge, take a left then just past the station is a driveway down to the river and our base.
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- Travel HighlightsMinakami Mt Tanigawa Suwa Canyon hiking TakuminoSato craft village Takaragawa Onsen - biggest outdoor hot spring in Japan
- ActivitiesMinakami and Kusatsu are both famous for their hot springs (onsen) and natural beauty. There are 10 ski resorts, 4 lakes and a multitude of mountains and native forests. A natural adventure playground waiting to be explored! Hakuba - famous for spectacular views and hiking in the Japan Alps Shikoku - beautiful valleys, including the famous Iya Gorge
- Seasonal HighlightsWinter = great skiing and snowboarding Spring = white water rafting & canyoning Summer = canyoning Autumn = rock climbing & caving
- OnsenIn Minakami, the famous Takaragawa onsen, the biggest outdoor onsen in Japan, including a giant mixed bath. Kusatsu is one of the most famous onsen (hot spring) resorts in Japan, with over 30 free public hot springs and traditional hot spring mixing (yumomi) shows daily.
Facilities & Services
- Rental Gear AvailableAll gear is provided for all activities.
- Accommodation Available Accommodation packs are available in Minakami, Kusatsu and Hakuba.
- Meals ProvidedBBQ's and lunch are available at an extra cost if required.
- InternetNot Applicable
- Other Facilitiescafe & bar, hot showers, bbq area, changing rooms, car parking
- Address45 Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken, 379-1727 JAPAN
- EmailSend email messages, questions or bookings through the Online Booking Request Form below.
- Web sitehttp://www.canyons.jp
- Contact NameMike Harris