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Discover the hidden beauty of these unique islands and explore new territory on the water!

From Japan’s northern tip all the way to its southern isles, there is plenty to explore on the water. The country is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and there are seemingly endless kayaking possibilities throughout.

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Consisting of nearly 7.000 islands and located off of the eastern shores of Asia, Japan is a kayaking paradise.

From the remote beaches of Rebun Island in the north to the tranquil Sea of Kumano in the south there is so much to see in this diverse country. Explore the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites here and experience the best of Japanese nature first hand.

Outside of the three popular locations listed above, the Miura Peninsula, just south of Tokyo, and Gunma Prefecture, in the country’s interior, also offer excellent kayaking opportunities.

In the former, there is plenty of sea kayaking to do, with the option of heading in land up a local river or creek and experiencing the unique foliage of local Japanese maples. The latter boasts the Tonegawa River, which offers rapids (good for rafting too) as well as calmer sections to paddle through and explore.

Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go, you are sure not to be disappointed in Japan!



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What’s the weather like?

With a generally temperate climate, Japan does have a wide range of weather. Hokkaido and the northern regions have relatively warm and comfortable summers. Honshu and the southern islands have milder temperatures in the summer. The rainy season lasts roughly six weeks, moving throughout the different islands during the summer.

How to get there:

Kayaking in Japan is rather decentralized. However, flying into the international airport in Tokyo (HND) is likely how most trips will start. From here, you will take a connecting flight to the nearest city to your final destination and connect bu bus or ferry, depending on where you are headed.



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Yen (JPY)

Best time to visit:

July to October




What People Say

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Very friendly, patient and professional guide. Good rafting skills. Lovely day! Thx !
Thank you soooooo much to help arranging such an experience for us! Jimmy, Alice and I had so much fun,
everything was great!!!! Thank you for your kindness! We love the blog too! We will certainly come again! Please send our great appreciation to Michi San (he’s fun and cool!), also our Chef (She made us the best noodles and CD : ) I will send you more photos.  Please take care and let us know when the next multi-day packrafting opportunity comes. We love camping and outdoor! Japan has a very nice natural environment. Cheers, Ardis

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