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Kochi, Shikoku

Tel: 0887-75-0500
Happy Raft
Happy Raft offers funseekers unique rafting and canyoning adventure experiences. Challenge the most exciting rapids in Japan on one of our rafting tours, or discover the hidden beauty and thrills of Musasabi Canyon on a canyoning tour. The Yoshino River, flowing through the Oboke-Koboke Gorge in the heart of Shikoku, is a water sports paradise. Its spectacular beauty and fresh, crystal clear water make it a natural destination for anyone contemplating rafting or canyoning in Japan. Our guides are fully licensed, internationally experienced professionals whose training ensures your day will be safe and memorable. Come and see us for an adventure to remember!
Details
  • Company NameHappy Raft
  • Company TypeWhite Water Rafting and Canyoning
    • Activities Available
      • Canyoning
      • Kayaking
      • Rafting
      • White Water Sports
  • English Speaking Staff?Yes,We have several members of staff from Australia and New Zealand, and most of our Japanese staff are competent English speakers, too.
  • Other Languages SpokenJapanese
Location Information
  • RegionShikoku
  • PrefectureKochi
  • City / AreaKochi, Shikoku
  • Nearest Train StationJR Tosa-Iwahara, Dosan Line
  • Minutes from Station1
  • Pick up service available?Yes,We pickup from the nearest express train stop, JR Oboke, Dosan Line.
  • Nearest Expressway / Interchange / InterchangeOotoyo
  • Nearest National Route32
  • Getting ThereThe Happy Raft base is located on a beautiful bend of the Yoshino River at Iwahara, Ootoyo-cho, right in the the middle of Shikoku. We're just inside Kochi-ken, maybe 2 minutes drive upstream from the border with Tokushima-ken. A train station, JR Tosa-Iwahara, is right next door, so it's easy to reach us by train. If you're driving, it takes around 4 hours from Osaka, 3 hours from Kobe, or 2 hours from Okayama or Tokushima city. By Train Happy Raft is less than 100 metres from JR Tosa-Iwahara station, on the JR Dosan Line about halfway between Awa Ikeda and Kochi stations. Only local trains run to Tosa-Iwahara - the express service stops at JR Oboke, but passes by Tosa-Iwahara. Coming from Honshu, first take a train or shinkansen to Okayama, then take a "Minamikaze" express service across the Seto Bridge and down through Kagawa-ken and Tokushima-ken until it stops at JR Oboke. Get off here and change to the local train, going one stop further south to Tosa-Iwahara. Alternatively, let us know when you are due to get into JR Oboke and we will come and pick you up to bring you straight to the base. The journey from Okayama to Oboke is just under 2 hours long. The train between Oboke and Tosa-Iwahara takes about 7 minutes. Coming from anywhere on Shikoku, find your way to JR Awa Ikeda and then get on the local service running south to Kochi city on the JR Dosan Line. The local train from Ikeda to Tosa-Iwahara takes about 45 minutes. By Car From the Kansai region, take the Hanshin Expressway 3 from Kobe to the Akashi Bridge. Follow the expressway down through Awaji Island and onto Shikoku at Naruto. The highway continues from Naruto as the Takamatsu Expressway, so keep going for just a little bit and then get off the highway at Itano IC. Follow the signs to another highway interchange, Aizumi IC on the Tokushima Expressway, and get back on the highway there heading west to Matsuyama and Kochi. You'll drive on for about an hour before exiting the highway again at Ikawa-Ikeda IC. Turning left at the traffic lights as you come off the expressway, follow Route 32 around Ikeda, over a bridge, and then south towards Kochi - you'll be following the Yoshino River upstream from here. Perhaps 35 minutes later, you'll cross the border into Kochi-ken, and then the next bridge on your left, a big red one, will have a sign directing you to JR Tosa-Iwahara station. Cross that bridge, turn left, go past the train station, and turn into a driveway leading down to the river and the Happy Raft carpark. You made it! From the Okayama region, take the Sanyo Expressway until the turn-off for the Seto Chuo Expressway. Follow that highway south and cross the Seto Bridge to Shikoku. Upon reaching Shikoku, you'll soon come to Sakaide, where you need to turn west and follow the highway going to Matsuyama and Kochi. As you cross from Kagawa-ken into Ehime-ken, look out carefully and follow the signs at the Kawanoe Interchange that point to Kochi. Once you're on the Kochi Expressway, go past Shingu IC and get off maybe 20 minutes later at Ootoyo IC. Turning right at the traffic lights as you come off the expressway, and then left at the lights as you come out of a tunnel, follow Route 32 north towards Ikeda - you'll be following the Yoshino River downstream from here. Perhaps 15 minutes later, you'll cross a couple of bridges and pass JR Toyonaga station. Keep going for maybe 5 more minutes to see another big red bridge on your right, with a sign directing you to JR Tosa-Iwahara station. Cross that bridge, turn left, go past the train station, and turn into a driveway leading down to the river and the Happy Raft carpark. You made it! From the Hiroshima region, take the Shimanami-kaido Expressway across from Honshu to Imabari on Shikoku. Take local roads to Iyo-Komatsu IC on the Matsuyama Expressway, then turn east as you get back on the highway, heading for Tokushima and Kochi. As you go past Mishima-Kawanoe IC, look out carefully and follow the signs at the Kawanoe Interchange that point to Kochi. Once you're on the Kochi Expressway, go past Shingu IC and get off maybe 20 minutes later at Ootoyo IC. Turning right at the traffic lights as you come off the expressway, and then left at the lights as you come out of a tunnel, follow Route 32 north towards Ikeda - you'll be following the Yoshino River downstream from here. Perhaps 15 minutes later, you'll cross a couple of bridges and pass JR Toyonaga station. Keep going for maybe 5 more minutes to see another big red bridge on your right, with a sign directing you to JR Tosa-Iwahara station. Cross that bridge, turn left, go past the train station, and turn into a driveway leading down to the river and the Happy Raft carpark. You made it!
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Contact Information
  • Address10-4 Iwahara, Ootoyo-cho, Kochi-ken
  • Telephone0887-75-0500
  • Fax0887-75-0575
  • EmailSend email messages, questions or bookings through the Online Booking Request Form below.
  • Web sitehttp://www.happyraft.com
  • Contact NameMark Treston