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!
- Company NameHappy Raft
- Company TypeWhite Water Rafting and Canyoning
- Activities Available
- 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
Activity & Rate Details
- General InformationWe have PEAK and OFF PEAK rates. PEAK times are weekends, holidays and every day from July 20 to August 31. OFF PEAK is weekdays outside the peak season.
- Activity Rates
- Activity [￥]
- 1.5 Day COMBO 2 [From 18,500]
- Stay overnight and do a combination of the Koboke Full-Day Rafting and the Musasabi Half-Day Canyoning.
- 1 Day COMBO 1 [From 13000]
- Oboke Half-Day Rafting and the Musasabi Half-Day Canyoning with a scrumptious bagel picnic lunch. What a great way to spend a day!
- Musasabi Canyoning Half-Day Tour [From 7000]
- Set high above the Yoshino River valley, the spectacular Musasabi Canyon (Flying Fox Canyon) is a canyoner's dream!
- Oboke Half-Day Rafting Tour [From 7000]
- The Oboke half-day tour is perfectly suited for first-time adventurers or those wanting to cram more into their Shikoku experience
- Koboke Full-Day Rafting Tour [From 12500]
- This is our premier tour and a must-do for adventure-lovers.
- 2 Day Ultimate COMBO 3 [From 25,000]
- Do it all! Two full days on the water with the chance to try the three great trips that we offer.
- Cancellation PolicyIf a booking is cancelled at least 8 days prior to the booking date, there is no charge. Between 2 and 7 days prior to the booking date, cancellation incurs a fee of 30% of the booked tour cost. Cancellation the day before incurs a 50% fee. Cancelling on the day of the tour incurs a 100% fee. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have to cancel to avoid these charges!
- Payment InformationPayment can be made by bank transfer as follows. 高知銀行 豊永支店 普通 0248323 ハッピーラフト トレストン マーク ケリー People who have trouble making this transfer should get in touch with us directly to make other arrangements.
- 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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- Travel HighlightsShikoku is beautiful and there is plenty to do here! * Follow in the footsteps of Kobo Daishi on one of Japan's most famous Buddhist pilgrimages, the 88 temples of Shikoku. * Check out the famous kazurabashi vine bridges of Iya. There's one in West Iya, and then a beautiful pair of bridges in East Iya near Tsurugi-san. Watch your step! * Want more rivers? Head down to the south-west corner of Kochi-ken and wander up the Shimanto River, possibly the only river remaining in Japan to be largely untouched by concrete. You can do some light kayaking here, and then head down to Ashizuri Cape to admire the sunset. If you have any more questions about what to do on Shikoku, just get in touch with us. All the Happy Raft staff have lived on Shikoku for a combined total of decades, so we're bound to have some good ideas!
- Activities* All these mountains are good for something - hiking! Try out Ishizuchi-san in Ehime-ken or Tsurugi-san and Miune-san in Tokushima-ken. * There are some great surfing beaches along the south coast of Shikoku, stretching from the south corner of Tokushima, all the way around to Ashizuri in south-west Kochi. * Got a bike? Try cycling over the Shimanami Bridge from Hiroshima to Imabari in Ehime-ken. It's a nice ride!
- Seasonal Highlights* Summer is festival time all around Japan, but Shikoku has two of the best. In early August, Kochi city hosts the Yosakoi Matsuri, a colourful mix of freestyle and traditional dance. Then, during the Obon period of August 12-15, Tokushima city hosts the street dancing madness of Awa Odori. Summer's a great time to be on Shikoku! * If eating great food is your thing, try some Sanuki Udon in Kagawa-ken, some Iya Soba or Tokushima Raamen in Tokushima-ken, and a variety of styles of katsuo fish in Kochi-ken. Round it off by taking home some tasty mikan oranges from Ehime-ken to give to your friends!
- Onsen* Like a hot bath? There are great onsens everywhere on Shikoku. The most famous is probably Matsuyama's Dougo Onsen, but there are several top onsens even in the area around Oboke-Koboke. Relax at Hotel Mannaka, Hotel Kazurabashi, the Iya Onsen or Hikyo-no-Yu, just to name a few.
Facilities & Services
- Rental Gear AvailableYes,We have all the wetsuits, helmets, spray jackets, shoes, harnesses and gloves that you might need to get on the river for rafting or canyoning. Just bring your swimwear and maybe a pair of shoes that you can wear on the river.
- Accommodation Available Yes,There are several accommodation options nearby the Happy Raft base, including the Happy Guest House. You can also camp by the riverside here at the base for free.
- Meals ProvidedYes,Our full-day rafting and combo tours come with a full lunch. Lunch can also be purchased for people on half-day tours, and we have BBQ facilities that are free for any groups camping or staying near the base.
- InternetNot Applicable
- Other FacilitiesNot Applicable
- Address10-4 Iwahara, Ootoyo-cho, Kochi-ken
- EmailSend email messages, questions or bookings through the Online Booking Request Form below.
- Web sitehttp://www.happyraft.com
- Contact NameMark Treston